Hams Travel to South Sudan

Friday, September 16, 2011


When South Sudan became an independent nation this year, amateur radio enthusiasts (a.k.a. 'hams') were excited. For them, South Sudan was one more far-off place to communicate with. The only problem? Few people in South Sudan knew much about amateur radio. Bob spoke with ham operator Paul Ewing, who travelled to South Sudan to solve that problem.

Comments [10]

Frank from Michigan

Nice story on the ST0R DXpedition. It is in keeping with your reputation for clearly explaining the inside details of the media and communications world to the general audience.

I had the pleasure of putting ST0R in my own log near the end of their operating time, and have made a monetary contribution to the effort. While hams are forbidden from charging money for communications services, donations to groups such as theirs are essential in order to maintain the viability of such operations. I hope every ham who made contact with ST0R takes the time to send them a donation.

Sep. 26 2011 04:05 PM
Taylor Davidson, N4TD from Knoxville, TN

The ST0R dxpedition was a very well planned and executed operation. I was able to contact them on several bands and modes. Congratulations to the team and the new country of South Sudan.

Sep. 21 2011 09:32 PM
Dave Bell from Hollywood

Paul did a great job explaining an exciting aspect of the amateur radio world.

Sep. 20 2011 08:13 PM
Ted from Adrian, MI

Makes me proud to be a DXer and DXpeditioner

Sep. 19 2011 12:20 PM
Dan KB6NU from Ann Arbor, MI

I also enjoyed the segment, but I wanted to correct Michael Winkler's comment about amateur radio. He said that ham radio is, "something simple that hardly exists any longer." That's really quite false. There are nearly 700,000 licensed radio amateurs in the U.S. and nearly two million around the world. Also, while it can be simple, ham radio operators are still advancing the state of the radio art, as we were chartered to do by the act of Congress that created amateur radio.

Sep. 19 2011 10:30 AM
Fred Smith from Monett, MO.

This being a brand new country every ham in the world was trying to work it (make contact) some did others did not.

I had the pleasure of doing so.


Sep. 19 2011 09:32 AM
Michael A.N. Winkler from Orlando, FL & Baldwin, NY

What a great segment. It had an innocence and enthusiasm for something simple that hardly exists any longer. Thank you very much for putting that on.

Sep. 18 2011 09:38 AM
Jim Reese from Austin, Texas

Thank you for this wonderful segment on the ST0R DXpedition to South Sudan. I tried for days to talk to them, but was never successful. There were thousands calling.

It's very nice to hear such an enjoyable report on Ham Radio. It can still get through when nothing else can!

Jim Reese WD5IYT

Sep. 17 2011 09:38 PM
Keith from Nashville, TN

I also wanted to say that it is awesome that counties that never got to participate in simple pleasures are finally getting a chance to do so!

Sep. 17 2011 09:28 AM
Keith from Nashville, TN

It is amazing that cell phones can struggle to work in remote places but with the proper ham radio equipment you can talk to people on the other side of the world!

Sep. 17 2011 09:11 AM

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