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Dodomona HF Radio Install

by | Jun 20, 2019 | What CRMF Does

A birds eye view of Dodomonas mountainous terrains.

A small and remote community in Dodomona.

MAF sponsored six HF Radios’ to be installed in 6 different remote areas last year. Five of the six HF Radios were installed by our installation team in five remote communities in Edwaki, Kabori, Kwieftim, Yebil, and Seserimi which are located in the West Sepik Province and Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The CRMF installation team just recently completed the installation of the 6th and final MAF-sponsored remote HF Radio installation in Dodomona, a remote village located in the Western Province.

https://crmf.org.pg/radio-reaches-remote-areas/ – 2018 MAF Sponsored Radio Installation in Kabori, West Sipik Province.

https://crmf.org.pg/kamasawi-hf-installation/2018 MAF Sponsored Radio Installed in Kamasawi, West Sipik Province.

On the 6th of May our CRMF HF radio installation team travelled together to Hagen and from there they divided themselves into two teams. The first team remained at the MAF base in Hagen to install 27 Very High Frequency (VHF) Radios, whilst the second team travelled on a Thursday afternoon via MAF plane to the remote village of Dodomona, approximately one hour outside of Hagen by aeroplane.

Its mountainous and rugged terrain make it difficult for motor vehicles to reach Dodomona, hence, the importance of the MAF’s role in working with CRMF to deliver the HF Radio service to remote communities.

Volunteer, Ewen Templeton and CRMF Technician, Gollinson Wena about to fly out to Dodomona.

The installation of the HF Radio was a two-man job carried out successfully by CRMF Technician, Gollinson Wena and CRMF Volunteer Ewen Templeton. Despite the continuous heavy down-pour of rain, our team took almost an hour to do part of the installation that same evening (Thursday). They were fortunate to have good weather the very next day to complete the full installation process before noon when the MAF plane arrived just in time for pick up back to Hagen.

“The people in Dodomona were very happy and appreciative towards MAF for the sponsored HF Radio that we had installed there.”  – CRMF Technician, Gollinson Wena.

The delivery, installation and operation of HF radios has always been and is still an integral part of the work CRMF does and continues to do. The need still remains for HF radios in the number of remote communities in and around PNG. Most of these remote areas have no access to roads to connect the people to essential services like health-care facilities and therefore, the HF radios provided are (in most cases) the only form of effective communication to meet essential needs for communities living in remote villages like Dodomona (WP).

We are thankful to the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), who flew our technicians during the whole installation process and sponsored these radios for the local communities last year and for the recent Dodomona HF Radio installation.

Gollinson sets up the V-Antenna with the helping hands of the villagers in Dodomona.

The final installation process of the HF Radio.

Children of Dodomona.