HF radio deployed by Barrett in mudslide rescue mission

Monday, 22 January, 2018

HF radio deployed by Barrett in mudslide rescue mission

Barrett Communications’ Chilean dealer is helping the relief effort following a mudslide at the town of Villa Santa Lucia in coastal Patagonia.

Skytel Telecomunicaciones, the Barrett-authorised dealer in Chile, has advised that two vehicles equipped with Barrett High Frequency (HF) radio communications are part of the rescue team that has been deployed by Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI).

The mudslide has left one-third of the town destroyed and under mud, and the search continues for missing people.

“We know as these vehicles go into the disaster zone to provide medical support to those in Villa Santa Lucia they will have reliable communications via HF radio back to other unaffected towns,” said José San Martín from Skytel.

HF radio is often used as emergency and humanitarian environments in many regions around the world. HF radio is designed to require no infrastructure, mains power or telephone lines to maintain communications. It can send and receive data and images, and connect into the international telephone network.

“We have also provided two additional Barrett HF mobile stations for the medical service to further support communications as part of the relief effort in the disaster area,” said San Martín.

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