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ARRL International Humanitarian Award for NIAR

Postby vu2jos » Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:02 pm

ARRL International Humanitarian Award for NIAR VU4 DXpedition team

The Board named members of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands VU4RBI/VU4NRO DXpedition team to receive the 2005 ARRL International Humanitarian Award: Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI; D.N. Prasad, VU2DBP; S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH; R. Sarath Babu, VU3RSB, and D. Varun Sastry, VU3DVS.

The International Humanitarian Award recognizes "truly outstanding Amateur Radio operators in areas of international humanitarianism and the furtherance of peace."

Following years of planning and patience, the DXpedition team, sponsored by the National Institute of Amateur Radio, secured permission to operate from the remote Andamans. The Indian government had not permitted any amateur operation from VU4 since 1987, and final approval came just two weeks before the scheduled December 2004 operation.

As the Amateur Radio community now knows, the earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated South Asia coastal areas swiftly shifted the role of the DX operation, headquartered in Port Blair, into an emergency communication link with the Indian mainland.

"The group's immediate actions and their use of Amateur Radio to render assistance to victims of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami while on location in the Andaman Islands are in the highest tradition of Amateur Radio," the ARRL Board's resolution said.

During the emergency operation in the tsunami's wake, local authorities on the Andamans sought the team's help in handling a wide range of communications under very trying conditions, earning the praise and appreciation of the Indian government.

The winners of the 2005 ARRL International Humanitarian Award will receive an engraved plaque.

Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
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