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Old June 3rd 05, 10:24 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.radio.amateur
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Just as a matter of interest - isn't being a radio amateur a little
superfluous in these days of mobile 'phones ? (Genuine query - I'm not
having a dig!)


I'm cross-posting this to rec.caravanning.uk purely for the benefit of Ken
and anyone else who is interested in amateur radio. It is a recent quote
from Ofcom

"Amateur radio is an important and popular hobby; it can provide the
stimulus for future technical careers and for individual involvement in
wireless communications research. More than 63,000 people currently hold
amateur radio licences within the UK, many of whom communicate with fellow
amateurs at home and abroad using a broad range of technologies." and "
Radio amateurs have a long and significant history of contributing to
developments in radio communications; they were amongst the first radio
operators to exploit the ionosphere for long range communications. Despite
the growth in mobile telecommunications over the last decade, it is radio
amateurs who can often provide the first links between stricken communities
and the rest of the world after natural disasters such as the Boxing Day
tsunami in South-East Asia."

and from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB founded: 1913, Patron HRH
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,KG, KT)

"In 1999 President Bill Clinton spoke of Radio Amateurs in such terms after
the Californian Forest Fires disaster and President Bush confirmed Radio
Amateurs standing for their work in providing essential communications in
New York and Washington following the attacks on the 11 September 2001. In
the UK, thankfully, we do not get natural disasters on the scale seen around
the world. Radio amateurs are not seen so openly supporting their local
communities. However, radio amateurs do play a role in national and local
life in supporting user services and other organisations and teams of
British radio amateurs can usually be found at the forefront of disaster
relief operations, as they were during the recent Tsunami in South East
Asia. British radio hams were some of the first relief workers on the ground
and many are still involved in providing communications as the recovery work

However, none of this would have been possible without a few caravans !

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