HSBC Brunei recently provided assistance to the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association (BDARA) in purchasing essential radio equipment to be used towards providing social and community services in Brunei Darussalam, according to a press release.
The equipment consist of one unit of HF Transceiver Yaesu Model FT-950, two units of VHF Transceiver model Icom V-8000, two units of VHF antenna Model Diamond X-510, one unit of HF Hexagonal Beam 5 Band Mark II c/w Accessories, Antenna Coaxial Cable and three units of power supply Diamond GSV4000, a total value of US$4,000.
Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman bin Pg Hj Damit, President of BDARA, was on hand to receive the mock cheque from Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management. Also present was Major (Rtd) Haji Jamat bin Hj Lampoh, Deputy Secretary General of BDARA.
Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman also presented souvenir as a token of appreciation to HSBC Brunei for its generous contribution to BDARA.
According to Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman, BDARA was extremely appreciative to HSBC Brunei for providing such generous sponsorship. "The purchase of the equipment will help us effectively execute our task in the social and community responsibility towards developing Brunei Darussalam as a caring society."
"Not only will we be able to establish communications in times of (natural) disasters such as floods in remote areas, but also in our roadshows where we create awareness amongst the younger generation in schools and develop interest at a younger age on the importance of amateur radio operations," said Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman.
The Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association is registered with the Registrar of Societies in Brunei Darussalam. It is also a member of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), a subsidiary of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is in turn one of the divisions in the United Nations.
BDARA has also been actively involved in various events in Brunei in terms of providing communications support, and social and community services such as supporting the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports during the Youth Day Run 2010 and 2011, as well as the 9-hour Charity Walk to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan. They have also provided support to the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) during the Brunei flood disaster in 2009 and 2010.
Currently, BDARA is on stand-by at the request of NDMC for urgent deployment should a disaster arises. One of the main tasks required is to provide on-site report of the situation, relaying messages to and fro site to Incident Command Post (ICP) and to ensure relief aids such as food are distributed accordingly to the intended victims.
There has been an increasing interest in amateur radio year after year and BDARA conducts amateur radio operation classes for the public.