HAWANA 2022: Amateur radio society to hold special net

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MELAKA – The Malaysia Amateur Radio Transmitter’s Society (MARTS) will be holding a special net in conjunction with National Journalists’ Day 2022 (HAWANA) on Sunday (May 29).

MARTS Disaster and Emergency Communication Centre (MDECC) coordinator Hamdan Abu said the special net is to appreciate journalists for carrying out their noble duty in providing the latest information to the people.

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Hamdan said he would operate the special net with Mansur Abd Muen as the net controller, adding that they have also invited Utusan Malaysia Melaka bureau chief Amran Mulup to share his experience working as a journalist for 35 years.

“The special net will be transmitted at 10.30 am this Sunday through a repeater nationwide and will be broadcast to the whole world via the Echolink application.

“Those who are not amateur radio operators but wish to follow the net can watch it live on MARTS official Facebook,” he told Bernama when contacted today.

Hamdan said the society had operated a total of 35 special nets this year in conjunction with events such as Warriors’ Day, Nurses Day, World Environment Day, and Children’s Day, among others while throughout last year it had operated a total of 135 special nets.

He said the special nets are being conducted periodically to prepare licensed amateur radio operators to operate radio communication equipment seamlessly in times of need such as during emergencies or disasters.

He said last year, MARTS had assisted government agencies to manage flood communications in areas affected by the disaster nationwide as telephone communications in these areas were disrupted.

“To date, about 14,000 individuals across the country are licensed to operate amateur radio broadcasts with most of them also being members of several amateur radio associations or clubs in the country,” he said, adding that MARTS is always ready to assist any parties in case of emergencies.

MARTS was established in 1952 and is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).