Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Amateur radio turns vital link when gadgets fail in flood-hit Chennai

A steady stream of messages and news relayed from a home in suburban Kolkata kept many anxious people posted about relatives stuck in flood-ravaged Chennai, not with 21st-century technology but through its humble forefather — the radio.

Amateur radio, popular as HAM, crackled to life after smart phones and laptops gave up in the face of power outages and a clogged grid.

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