EU praises Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Conference in Bulgaria has heard the Amateur Radio given during emergencies described as ?radio messengers in times of trouble and hope.

The message came from Dr Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

The speech acknowledged that the timing for the gathering could not be more indicative for the world we live in and the challenges faced today.

Dr Georgieva said the world has never been better connected and wired, in a way that was only dreamed about in novels.

“Never before, we had this privilege to transmit or exchange information with such accuracy, speed and scope of distribution.

“And never before so many people from all corners of the world and all layers of the society had access to this information, she said in a speech read by Encho Gospodinov of the EU Commission.

However, there are moments when a good, stable, reliable and independent information tool is the only one we can use to save lives. And this is the one we call simply the radio.”

Dr Georgieva told delegates to imagine a major natural disaster, which knocks down all modern information tools in the affected area. We know a tragedy happened, many are dead, and even more still alive, but trapped and helpless. Without information no one can help.

She said, “Luckily, there is a last resort, the radio amateurs, the people who are the eyes and the ears of the world in time when all other information channels are silent.”

Further the emergency communications provided is ? ?the last technical miracle, which is independent, reliable information channel, which can transmit an important piece of news by anyone who knows how to operate this wonderful creature, called radio.

In conclusion Dr Georgieva said, "Your professional skills and your humanitarian duties make you more than radio amateurs.

“You are truly needed guardians in time of troubles and I hope you will always stay as a pillar of hope and courage for all who are in danger.”

The 24th IARU Region 1 gathering at Albena, Bulgaria is continuing.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee