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Field trial is on air

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The FIRST Response field trial participants endured a 14-hour bumpy bus ride, equipment glitches and power cuts to arrive in Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu) at 5am on Saturday morning, a few hours later than scheduled.  They quickly set up their equipment (including attaching the antennae to a drain pipe on the roof).  The FM station was […]

Head of Asia Pacific welcomes FIRST Response trial

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The head of the Asia-Pacific branch of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Ashish Sen, says the FIRST Response training taking place in Bangalore this week is “the first step in the journey towards introducing mobile broadcasting in India for disaster management”.   He was speaking to participants on the first day of the workshop which will […]

Responding to disaster – by radio

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Tonight participants begin gathering for the FIRST Response workshop in the city of Bangalore which will be followed by a live field trial in the tsunami-ravaged city of Nagapattinam.  This is the second workshop and trial of its kind, the first (pictured) taking place in Legaspi city in the Southern Philippines which is prone to volcanic […]

History is made as Dadeldhura gets first radio station

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History was made in the western Nepali town of Dadeldhura yesterday (Saturday 14th June 2008) when Aafno Radio, or “My Radio” 104.8 FM, went on air at 7pm local time for two hours.  This is the town’s first community radio station.  Congratulations to the team for pulling this off so quickly after the workshop in […]

Countdown to emergency radio trial in India

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FIRST Response’s involvement after the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake convinced me that if a radio station could be set up soon after a disaster, it could save countless lives.  With the breakdown of telecommunications infrastructure and the general confusion that follows a disaster, radio becomes a central focus to providing critical […]