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Two pre-teens are youngest in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to pass Technician Class amateur radio test

Searchlight reports:

Nine-year-old Ciandra Scarborough and 10-year-old Jhawanie Laidlow created history in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) by being the youngest persons to pass the Technician Class amateur (HAM) radio test; they were among 13 other persons who completed a one week course organized by the Rainbow Radio League Inc. and part sponsored by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC).

The course of studies which was conducted at the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), covered several areas including radio wave propagation, antenna theory and construction, amateur radio protocol and frequency allocations for radio amateurs among other topics. Also included in the training was a mini simulation involving emergency message handling.

According to course director Donald De Riggs J88CD, Amateur Radio is both a hobby and a service, but his emphasis was on the service aspect as we need radio operators from communities all around SVG, to enable response agencies to respond in a timely and effective manner whenever there is a disaster. He emphasized that as a service “we don’t see politics, we don’t see religion, all we see is needs, and address those needs, irrespective of religious or political affiliation”

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