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Peak-to-peak radio communication exercise to make national history

The Star Online logo The Star Online 14/3/2023

THE Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (MARTS) will carry out a Malaysian Peak-to-Peak (MY-PTP) communication simulation on Saturday.

MY-PTP coordinator Hamdan Abu said 117 amateur radio operators from various clubs and associations would take part in the simulation simultaneously from 19 hills or mountains across the country.

He said the peaks included Gunung Jerai in Kedah, which is 1,217m above sea level, Bukit H (207m) in Sungai Petani, Bukit Kledang (800m) in Ipoh, Bukit Lambak (510m) in Kluang, Bukit Senorang (326m) in Kemayan, Bukit Penarikan (410m) in Bahau and Bukit Langkap (130m) in Penang.

“In the Klang Valley, it involves Bukit Lanjan (335m), Bukit Jugra (192m) and Bukit Broga (400m) in Selangor, Bukit Gasing (163m) in Petaling Jaya, Bukit Saga (140m) in Ampang and Bukit Qatar (110m) in Putrajaya.

“In Sarawak, 10 amateur radio operators chose Bukit Selang (150m) in Kuching,” he said in a statement.

Hamdan said the simulation was being held for the first time in the history of two-way radio in Malaysia despite the use of amateur radio as a hobby for decades.

He said that through MY-PTP training, amateur radio operators were only allowed to use batteries or solar power, thus operators faced challenges such as having to carry a 20kg solar battery or power source.

“It is an exercise that combines several basic elements such as the selection of suitable radio equipment to be taken to the field, the selection of a location that coincides with the line of sight, radio communication techniques and skills, the basics of emergency or disaster information delivery and testing cooperation in groups.

“All participants will test the communication reach from peak to peak and to the farthest amateur radio station.

"The radios used are High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) in analog mode.

“Whereas for digital mode, certain peak stations will transmit using Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) or Continuous Four Frequency Modulation (C4FM) which is the latest two-way radio technology.

“In addition to communication among amateur radio operators in this country, this simulation is also open to overseas amateur radio transmitters, especially Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia who wish to participate,” said Hamdan. – Bernama

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