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The RSSL wishes to thank the radio Amateurs who stood by to help in case of disaster on the Yatiyantota repeater on 145.625 throughout the critical period and until the Tsunami warning was removed. Once again it was proved that Amateur Radio can play a roll in such disasters because our lines of communications were open throughout unlike the telephone lines which reach saturation point making the entire mobile network unusable due to network overload. During the height of the situation electricity was switched off for 3 hours in the threatened areas.

Taking all the above points into consideration we have to be prepared for any eventuality so that our service can play an important life saving roll when needed. It might be good to always have a VHF rig charged up and also to have portable operational capability. We are fortunate that the threat passed off, but we have to always be prepared. It is not only a Tsunami that can create a disaster, but many other natural and other situations will make it necessary for us to be prepared.

Once again thank you for being on alert and also using our emergency link responsibly without hogging it and staying tuned in for instructions from the command station.


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Fox Hunt 2012

Hi Members fresh off the Fox Hunt let me try to capture the excitement of a fantastic morning of fox hunting.

The event started off from Malabe from the vicinity of CINEC with 24 radio hams waiting to start off. Many cameras were clicking and directional Yagies were being assembled to start the hunt.

Jaliya 4S7JL set out the rules and everything started off at 9.30 a.m.. The fox was heard on 144.220 with a continuous CW ID as 4S7JL. The teams took their bearings and 4x4s were revving up to get off in the direction of Kaduwela. Soon it was obvious that the Fox was no easy catch and it took almost 2 hours for Nadika’s team of 4S5NCH assisted by Daya 4S7DB and 4S6ATL Tilak to track it down to the temple off Kaduwela. Sadly the other teams of 4S7VK, 4S7AB, 4S7VJ, 4S7KG were going round in circles!!! The task wasn’t easy with signals getting reflected off many buildings. Yet this gave a great deal of excitement.

The hunt was called off at 12.45 and the winners were declared and all congregated at Jaliya’s QTH for a fine lunch organised by Jaliya’s Mother-(our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Mrs Lokeshwara. and of course Jaliya for a great event.)

The lunch was followed by the distribution of prizes by RSSL President Dammika and Secretary Victor 4S7VK to the winning team. The goodies included a mobile MP3player and FM transmitter, a Icom 2AC handheld(donated by Mancorad Radio Club USA) antenna handbook many meters of coax and connectors and a pack of magazines. A beautifuly done certificate of participation was given to all participants.

The whole event infused new life to the Amateur Radio activities and we hope to follow this up with an HF event soon.

Thanks again to everyone who could take part. Enjoy the many photographs.
Thanks again especially to Jaliya, Nadeeka and all those who helped.

Victor 4S7VK
Hony. Secretary RSSL
07th April 2012