People look at it as a strange hobby until a war or a
disaster occurs. When the whole country is cut from the rest
of the world their strange hobby may become the only mean of
CQ twenty meters! This is Oscar Delta Five Tango Echo!
It means Lebanon
is on the air. When Israeli missiles bombarded Lebanon, the
whole radio amateurs’ world waited for these calls. During
the bombings, main communication assets failed in lots of
areas. Amateur Radio Operators were available for support
and capable of operating under the most extreme
circumstances. Numerous messages were relayed varying from
welfare to urgent messages.
Once the country
was attacked, an emergency net was activated and manned for
the duration of the war with the support of the fellows
Amateur Radio Operators around the Globe. Situation became
so dangerous as communication towers were a main target for
missiles. Some hams were forced to bring their towers and
antennas down and operate through alternative antennas such
as simple wire antennas.
George and Maria
did not leave their radio shack during the 33 days of
bombing. They say it’s very convenient when there are two
radio amateurs in the family: “you can always find a
substitute at the microphone.” Says George – OD5QB
“This is very
good. Everybody realizes, what means to be a radio amateur,
especially now. Our son is much interested in this. I
believe he will become a radio amateur. And I will help him
to succeed in that.” Says George – OD5QB
aka Hams from all around the world helped Lebanese Hams in
passing and delivering messages worldwide.
“This is the
spirit of amateur radio. We are always ready to help each
other, especially in such emergency situation. When all
communication means fail, Amateur radio the solution.” Sayd
Maria – OD5QT
A whole month
there was no bombing in Lebanon and even now it is hard to
make a phone call to Russia, because connection is too bad.
But you can easily speak to Russia at any time with the help
of amateur radio station. And everybody who will listen to
you certainly asks, if you need any help. And everybody will
transmit “7” and “3” that means “best wishes” among
Vasilly, thank you very much. Good bye and 73 .“ That’s it.
They can hear us in Russia.
Kirill Polinin –
UA6CT, Denis Alekseyev, Channel One, Lebanon.
Translated by : OD5TE , Hani
- Sept 2006