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An Intimate Look at Ham Radio in China:

from David Harvey, VK2DMH on September 8, 2013
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After making contact with a Chinese amateur radio operator now living in Sydney, he emailed me a link to a video he shot and edited. It shows a group of Chinese ham radio operators in Beijing, China, doing regular ham activities like raising antennas on top of a 35-storey building in the city, meeting and studying for ham exams, and even helping out when the great earthquake devastated nearby Sichuan Province five years ago -- killing 69,000 people and making more than 4- million people homeless.

It is a long video, with commentary my the ham's XYL in Mandarin Chinese and with approximate translations at the bottom of the screen in (broken) English.

You can read my full article with several screenshots from the video -- on my own website, Walkie Talkie Two-Way

And you will find there is a link to the actual Chinese video movie at the bottom of that page on my site.

73 de David, VK2DMH

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An Intimate Look at Ham Radio in China:  
by NU3U on September 18, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Hi David, A very interesting article and videos.
Having traveled to Guangzhou and Shenzen China in Oct to Nov 2011 and most recently during Mar-Apr 2013; I was never able to get in contact with the secretive Chinese Amateur Radio Operators. I had frequently went out of my way (also hired a Chinese local to assist me) in seeking out the Chinese hams, yet to NO avail. We experience the same difficulties in trying to contact the Hong Kong Radio Club. There were no response to our phone messages nor our emails. I went as far as leaving my QSL card(s) showing my local hotel tele-number, rm number as well as my local China mobile phone number on individual vehicles in Guangzhou, that were clearly marked as amateur radio operators (antenna's, stickers and all!).
I will be returning to China during the Spring of 2014; I will not waste any more time attempting contacts again. I have a African friend who is married to a local citizen of Guangzhou (they have a beautiful daughter); He speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese, and teaches the language to foreigners. Since May 2013 to present, he has been unable to contact either club. Seems to me that they will talk over the radio but willing to meet in person. Could be wrong!
73, NU3U MeLek

References: china and the CRSA.
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