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06-05-2002, 12:26 AM
Solomon Islands Calling!

I recently had the pleasure of talking to Sam, H44A on Guadalcanal during a recent 10 meter opening to the Pacific. During my QSO with Sam, I learned that he was working hard to introduce ham radio to the native people of the Solomon Islands. This task is a considerable undertaking since the islands lack a dependable communications infrastructure of any type.

Sam has decided to change all that. He has moved to the islands to start a ham radio school that will assist the local people in establishing basic wireless communications throughout the island chain.

Let me quote from the Amateur Radio School of the Solomon Islands web site:

“H44A is the official call sign of the Amateur Radio School of the Solomon Islands and is currently operated by Sam who is one of a very few licensed amateur radio operators on the Solomon Islands, none of whom were born here.

Sam, H44A, traveled from Australia to the Solomons to provide full time help in getting the Radio School project up and running, and plans to remain for as long as his personal funds will allow - then back to Australia. Sam brought with him an intense desire to help the people of the Solomon Islands reach their objective to educate and equip their citizens with ham radio. Sam can only do this for as long as his finances allow. This is a prime reason why he set a No QSL Policy - his finances simply must remain fully focused on the task at hand - getting the islanders on the air, and to form a National Amateur Radio Society.

As with many goals, there are obstacles and this effort faces many - extreme poverty, no equipment, no supplies, no tools just to name a few. But what it lacks with these resources is offset by the desire of the people to learn and succeed.

Imagine no paper, no pens, NO SOLDER for example, and one's perspective begins to form. No telephones, no computers and you can understand where the people are at and the reason why the country's leaders have finally recognized the need for communications, education, and how amateur radio will help.

This is Sam's personal goal - all of his energies are devoted to helping the people of the Solomon Islands obtain their amateur radio licenses, acquire useable radio equipment, and establish reliable communications amongst the villagers throughout the 350 or so Solomon Islands.”

Fellow operators, how many of us have some old equipment that is just sitting there unused? Maybe you have some old 23 channel CB radio stuffed in the closet? How about a previously enjoyed SWR meter?

Or maybe some unused school supplies?

Well, here’s your opportunity to give something back to the hobby that will truly be appreciated by those on the receiving end.

If you are interested in helping, please visit the following link: http://www.h44a.com


Frank Aguilar – N5QXP

H44A Home (http://www.h44a.com)

06-07-2002, 09:26 PM
Dear Frank: Read your post with interest. Would love to help H44A out in the Solomons. However, none of the links provided open up properly!!!
Wanting to Help!!!!! Alex KC2HMM

06-07-2002, 09:58 PM

Try typing www.h44a.com in your search engine and it should bring you directly to the website.

H44A Home (http://www.h44a.com)

06-08-2002, 08:45 PM

Just wanted to let you know that I too am planning on helping the SOLOMON ISLANDERS and Emailed a proposal to Mr. Yates!!!


Thanks for letting us know about them, and in particular about their PLIGHT!!!

Warmest Regards!!!


06-10-2002, 05:04 PM
I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there willing to act as QSL manager at no charge.

07-16-2002, 09:41 AM
The Amateur Radio Training School of the Solomon Islands first 9 Solomon Island born students successfully completed the course.
# # # # #150 others have registered to do this FREE course run by volunteers. Why? Because they don't have the fees to go to regular private or government schools.
# # # # #Donate your transceivers you know you will never use again. Contact Sydney,Australia(Tel-Sam (02)94171066 or 001-61-2-94171066) and Brisbane,Australia(Tel-Don(07)38484555 or 001-61-7-38484555)to mail or drop-in your donated transceiver.
# # # # You can post tranceivers to-Mr Loti Yates , National Disaster Council,Honiara,Solomon Islands.
# # # # Local voltage and plugs is same as Australian 240V.There is no customs restrictions on donated equipment.
# # # # Help us get these new hams on the air. Amateur Radio Training School of the Solomon Islands (www.H44A.com)

07-16-2002, 09:49 AM
To access the Amateur Radio Training School web site type- http://www.h44a.com

07-20-2002, 07:43 AM
In 2 weeks its planned to continue this years 3 month help which resulted in the formation of the Amateur Radio Training School of the Solomon Islands.
Anyone wishing to join Sam H44A who will depart from Australia is welcome.
150 students need help to become amateurs.
Donation of a HF transceiver and a Linear Amplifier is needed.
Its time to house the Solomon Islands Radio Society and foreign visitors by purchasing a club house.
Contact Sam if you can help the people of Solomon Islands get on the air. Tel-Sydney, Australia 61-2-94171066
Solomon Islands Amateur Radio Training School (http://h44a.com)

07-22-2002, 04:47 AM
Currently there is no Radio Amateur at the Solomon Islands Amateur Radio Training School. They immediately need a volunteer radio ham to come and supervise the “on air” 10 amateur radio contacts part of the Amateur Radio licence course. Imagine you have passed everything but because there is no ham you can’t complete this last requirement. If you can #get an air ticket then accommodation is free. Please Tel- Sam VK2BVS –Sydney,Australia-61-2-94171066, (02) 94171066Solomon Islands Amateur Radio Training School (http://www.h44a.com)