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TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
TAKES A STEP FORWARD
Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004? 23,000 people in 14 countries
lost their lives when that tsunami hit, inundating coastal
communities with waves 30 meters high. It was one of the
deadliest disasters in modern history.
What if those
villages had had a warning of even 15 to 20 minutes? For years
we have been hoping and dreaming that when Madagascar World
Voice becomes operational, it (and KNLS) could become a part of
the worldwide system to warn of disasters such as tsunamis.
That dream is coming closer to reality.
Christian Broadcasting is a member of the High Frequency
Coordinating Council (HFCC), the association of international
broadcasters that manages and coordinates frequencies for
stations outside the United States. When our station in
Madagascar is up and running, it will look to the HFCC for
direction as to what frequencies are available at what times.
The HFCC has
just joined the CDAC Network (Communicating with Disaster
Affected Communities). The CDAC has just run the first test of
a new disaster warning system. This new system is called
“International Radio for Disaster Relief,” and it’s designed
precisely for the purpose of enabling shortwave radio stations
(like ours) to broadcast vital information to populations
affected by disasters.
have known that shortwave radio has had the potential to be a
communication tool in emergencies, but until now nobody has put
the system in place for this happen. Now—at just the time that
Madagascar World Voice is about to become a reality—the
“International Radio for Disaster Relief” consortium is already
in the testing stage. Very soon it will become a permanent part
of global shortwave coordination, and World Christian
Broadcasting will look forward to offering our round-the-world
services to enable it to function even better than the first
benefit of shortwave technology is that it is disaster
resistant: if a tsunami (or some other impending disaster) is
located off the coast of Indonesia, we can get out the word from
our stations thousands of miles away in Madagascar and Alaska.
This is just one more reason we are eager—more than eager—for
our Madagascar station to become a reality!
COMES FROM RADIO
Shortwave broadcasting was pioneered by Marconi
in the early 1920’s, and was immediately put into use by warring
nations in World War I—mostly for propaganda purposes. By the
1930’s many stations were operating including Radio Moscow, the
Voice of America, Vatican Radio, HCJB in Ecuador, Radio Ceylon, and
others. Through the years more and more governments and religious
groups have vied for frequency space. In recent years the Chinese
government, especially, is dedicated to increasing its shortwave
propaganda presence throughout the world.
signals bounce off the ionosphere, so can travel over the curvature
of the earth. AM and FM do not have that capability, so for
long-distance transmission (in the words of Nirmal Ghosh, Indonesia
Bureau Chief of the Singapore Press) “shortwave is king.”
Listening to Shortwave Radio
Ghosh continued, “From the high mountains of
Nepal to the rice fields of Sumatra and Sri Lanka, the distant sound
of a voice or music that you hear in the silence of late evening
still comes from a radio. Hundreds of millions of people across
half the planet still rely on little radio sets, which far exceed
television sets and vastly outnumber Internet connections, to keep
informed. The receiver doesn’t need a cable point or satellite dish
or even electricity; a small battery-powered radio will do. . . .
Local FM radio stations and Internet service providers can be shut
down by the authorities, but it is difficult to shut down shortwave
All praise goes to God for the 31 years World
Christian Broadcasting’s KNLS shortwave station has been operating
out of Anchor Point, Alaska. Millions of people throughout Russia,
China, and the Pacific Rim (as well as many others throughout the
world) have benefitted from our programming. Only God knows how
many have heard the words, turned to the Word, and have given their
lives to Jesus. And only God knows how many will hear and respond
once our Madagascar station is up and running! We live in a badly
damaged world that desperately needs Good News!