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AREDN – Mossel Bay Mesh Network unites the skills and experiences of radio amateurs with the community and first responders to rapidly deploy emergency communications during emergencies and disasters.
URGENT REQUEST DONATIONS:
AREDN – Mossel Bay Mesh Network is a non-profitable community based organization.
The Knysna Fire Disaster is a wake up call. AREDN – Mossel Bay Mesh network urgently need donations of all network equipment, CAT 5 cable, connectors, VLAN Switches, Ubiquity or TPLink outdoor WiFi equipment. We need this equipment to extent the AREDN mesh network in the Southern Cape Area. We will also except your old WiFi grid or air-grid antennas, Access Points, CPE’s for emergency communications. Donations can be send to: Mossel Bay Mesh Network, 51 Apiesdoring St, Heiderand, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa. Contact Aredn – Mossel Bay Mesh Network on Twitter @MsbAredn or email us: sawois05 AT gmail DOT com for further information.
AREDN Group in South Africa Responds to Fire Disaster
A group of amateur radio operators in South Africa known as the the Mossel Bay Mesh Network responded to a call for emergency communications assistance in the recent fire disaster in the Western Cape area.
After the fires began on 7 June, a call went out for amateur radio assistance on 8 June when cell phone, landline and Internet services were lost.Hams responding to the call include: ZS2I, ZS1Q, ZS1ZS, ZS1HB, ZR1AOC and ZS1I. These radio amateurs worked around the clock to assist their local communities. Johan Terblanche, ZS1I, an administrator of the AREDN Mossel Bay Mesh Network reports that disaster communication links remained active until normal telecommunication service was restored on June 11, while the local hams remain on high alert.
It has been reported that the widespread fire caused a number of fatalities, destroyed over 430 structures and displaced thousands of people. The disaster relief efforts are continuing.