HF Equipment Provides Communications after Chilean Mudslide
Monday, January 22, 2018 | Comments

A large mudslide hit the town of Villa Santa Lucia near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia, Chile, 16 December. The mudslide left one-third of the town destroyed and under mud, and the search continues for missing people.

Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) sent rescue teams into the area, and the town remains without electricity and telephone signal. Skytel Telecomunicaciones, the Barrett Communications authorized dealer in Chile, said that two vehicles equipped with Barrett high-frequency (HF) radio communications are part of the rescue team deployed.

“We have a long relationship with the ONEMI, and 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 and 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,” San Martín said.

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