Amateur radio turns vital link when gadgets fail in flood-hit Chennai

HAM radio operator Ambarish Nag Biswas of Sodepur on the outskirts of Kolkata became a vital lifeline for many people keen to know about family members held incommunicado in Chennai. (HT Photo)

A steady stream of messages and news relayed from a home in suburban Kolkata kept many anxious people posted about relatives stuck in flood-ravaged Chennai, not with 21st-century technology but through its humble forefather — the radio.

HAM radio operator Ambarish Nag Biswas of Sodepur on the outskirts of Kolkata became a vital lifeline for many people keen to know about family members held incommunicado in the southern metropolis after record rain snapped all forms of communication there.

 

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