Depending on Ham Radio when all else fails.

It has been said so many times “when all communication fails, you can depend on amateur radio.


We’ve all heard the oft repeated phrase, "When all communication fails, you can depend on Amateur Radio."  In the case of a critical message from Gough Island to Cape Town, South Africa, that phrase came painfully true.  When satellite links failed on Gough Island, two South African amateur radio operators, Trevor (ZS1TR) and Pierre (ZS1HF) managed to connect the two distant points, alternating between 20 and 30 meters, depending on propagation.  The 896 word message to the Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town took 1 hour and 45 minutes to transmit, but the message finally got through despite  less than optimum conditions.  In this case, the old saying came true.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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