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[A-DX] Re: 5020 Honiara
- Subject: [A-DX] Re: 5020 Honiara
- From: Name gelöscht <name.geloescht@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 13:40:52 +0100
Ist 5020 Honiara noch da? Es gab offenbar heftigste Wirbelstürme in derRegion.
Und wenn sie noch da sind, möchte ich nicht in der Haut des Stationschefs stecken, der wird jetzt wohl gerade geteert und gefedert. Wenn ich mir durchlese, was auf http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,228946,00.html steht... und dann diesen Bericht von Glenn Hauser: ** SOLOMON ISLANDS. SOLOMONS BROADCASTER REFUSES TO CARRY CYCLONE WARNINGS UNTIL BILLS ARE PAID | Excerpt from report by Radio New Zealand International on 27 December The director of Solomon Islands Emergency and Disaster Management Office says the country's broadcasting service has prohibited him from issuing cyclone warnings because of outstanding bills. Lottie Yates says the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation or SIBC, will not allow his office to use its radio service because of outstanding bills for a public awareness campaign on disaster management conducted last year. While Vanuatu is the prime target, Cyclone Zoe is forecast to strike part of the Santa Cruz group, south of Solomon Islands at midnight Saturday [28 December] with gustily winds of up to 260 km per hour. Santa Cruz is home to some 1200 people. Mr Yates says the SIBC is not cooperating with the Disaster Management Office and that it is putting the lives of those affected at risk. [Yates] The government has not paid the SIBC 12,000 dollars. As a result of that, SIBC is not allowing us to give out any warning until we pay up to 12,000 dollars. We are trying to contact the eastern part of the Solomon Islands to get just what we can get on information on weather on that side. Conditions are very bad. [End of recording] Mr Yates says the Meteorological Office is struggling to get cyclone information and that it is close to shutting down because of a lack of funds. Meanwhile the manager for the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says everybody should pay for its services even in matters of national emergency. Johnson Honimae says that while it is the country's public broadcaster, the government must pay for SIBC services such as cyclone advisory warnings or approach them to make payment arrangements... Mr Honimae says the SIBC will broadcast weather updates for free but if the disaster office wants to issue cyclone warnings then it has to pay. [Honimae] We are having to survive on sponsored programmes and advertising. That is the only way that we have survived. We have been able to get this thing going because we are charging everybody for everything but there is no free lunch in this country. The [Disaster] Management Office knows about this bill even before the cyclone season. Now when they need it they come crawling or start to criticize us. We are not going to back down to carry warning messages. I wish I could do it for free but I can't get my fuel for free, I can't get my telephones for free. I think the commercial consideration overrides the public service consideration. Source: Radio New Zealand International, Wellington, in English 0800 gmt 27 Dec 02 (via BBCM via WORLD OF RADIO 1163, DXLD) First things first 5019.9, SIBC: Per Wright in ARDXC, SI was hit by cyclone today, but station was heard as usual, carrying BBC at 1300 (Hans Johnson, Rio Hondo TX, Dec 30, Cumbre DX via DXLD) I am not aware of any cyclone hitting Honiara; actually the Solomons are generally outside the cyclone belt and rarely sees a good blow. Last was Namu in 1986, I think. Zoe (06P) was headed towards northern Vanuatu a few days ago and was peaking cat 5 so I had my suitcase packed (there is quite a lot of commercial activity in Santo) but did a 90 degree turn in accordance with predictions and tracked down between Vanuatu and Fiji, now just a fresh breeze http://www.npmoc.navy.mil/jtwc/warnings/sh0603.gif 73s gd dx de (Sam Dellit VK4ZSS, Dec 30, ARDXC via DXLD) Radio Australia has been providing good coverage of the Solomon Islands cyclone aftermath: see the 'Pacific Beat' page at http://abc.net.au/ra/pacbeat/focus/PacBeatFocus_755950.htm The main concerns are for the far-flung islands of Tikopia and Anuta which are several hundred kilometres from Honiara. Australia has provided fuel for the Royal Solomon Islands Police patrol boat Auki which is due to leave Honiara shortly to visit the islands from which there has been no radio contact since Zoe hit. Some 1300 people live in the area. As for comments on the non-response to DX reports and requests for information from SIBC, a quick dose of reality: the country has been in a state of deep political and economic crisis for a few years now. It is a tribute to the determination and commitment of the SIBC staff that the radio station remains on the air at all. The interests of overseas radio hobbyists are probably at the bottom of the list of priorities, although I know from having met SIBC's general manager in Honiara last year that reception reports from afar are received with great interest. This is all sadly a great change from a couple of decades ago. SIBC was one of my first 'tropical band' reception reports, and I was delighted to get a full-detail QSL from them within a matter of just days. Cheers (Matt Francis, DC, Dec 30, ARDXC via DXLD) -- Tschüß, Martin ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Diese Mail wurde ueber die A-DX Mailing-Liste gesendet. 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