Barrett Donates HF Equipment to Peruvian Nonprofit
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | Comments

In Peru, a community of four-wheel-drive enthusiasts has come together to support aid agency efforts in remote regions throughout the country.

“We are not a search-and-rescue, healthcare or first-aid organization, but we work with these organizations when they need external local logistical support,” said Aníbal Paredes, founder of Unidad 4x4, a registered nonprofit organization. “Our purpose is to provide humanitarian aid to people in emergency situations affected by phenomena of nature. Our attention focuses particularly in remote areas and areas difficult to access due to terrain, where 4x4 vehicles can get to.”

Immediately following a natural disaster, communications is vital to understand the situation and to assess the best way forward. With previous personal experience as a volunteer member of the Defensa Civil organization rescue squad, Paredes recognized this need and also understood that high frequency (HF) radio communications is often the only viable mode of communications following a natural disaster, as it does not rely on infrastructure such as telephone towers or mains power to maintain communications.

The Barrett Communications technical team worked with Paredes to update the latest firmware version of the Barrett 2050 HF transceiver to allow its operation in Peru. Barrett initially donated an antenna and additional accessories to upgrade the vehicle installation into Paredes Land Rover. Barrett is working to supply a permanent base station and other ex-demonstration communications equipment and accessories to allow Unidad 4x4 to expand the work it is doing.

“Unidad 4x4 is providing support to these aid organizations and assisting many small communities in regional Peru,” said Greg O’Neill, managing director of Barrett. “We are pleased we can donate our ex-demonstration equipment and assist them in making an impact in the lives of people who, in many cases, have lost everything.”

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