radio email for distance education
HF/SSB radio email service area includes some of the most
populous areas of SE Asia.
Many rural communities still live in remote jungles,
offshore islands and mountainous regions where terrestrial
communication services, internet or email access is
unavailable, unreliable or too expensive (eg: via satellite)
for communities to afford.
HF/SSB radio email service provides truly
low-cost and reliable email that can connect remote
work camps, communities, tourism and environmental projects
to the international email network so people can access the
vast array of distance learning courses available. These
vary from short vocational programmes to diplomas, higher
diplomas, bachelor and masters degrees.
courses are suitable for the needs of people in remote
communities. Some institutions offering distance learning
provide their courses in languages apart from English, and
have multi-language teachers, tutors and lecturers
subscriber terminal is simply a radio,
a special radio modem and a wire antenna suspended from
trees or a simple pole. The software to create and read
emails, and control the radio/modem, can be run on a
low-specification (eg: used) notebook. Power for the entire
system can be from a 12v car battery charged by solar panel,
micro-hydro, wind generator, and/or occasional diesel
radio/modem/antenna is in place, it's possible for multiple
separate subscribers - each with a unique email address - to
connect their separate notebooks to send/receive their emails.
These separate subscribers could be students in a school,
adults doing studies in the evening, community teachers
expanding their knowledge and skills, or staff at tourist
resorts, mines and work camps.
providing educational opportunities, young people who are
part of traditional communities may obtain
worthwhile jobs in the community. That means these young
people are more likely to stay in the community and that has
benefits for preservation of the
community, the local environment and the community's traditions.
located in a remote community or worksite, the
subscriber terminal can
also be used for:
Multiple separate community-based businesses
for their SME related communications.
Sustainable environment, not-for-profit, organisation staff
and volunteers to communicate with regional offices and
international supporters regarding matters relevant to
project management, environmental surveys etc.
Communication in the case of natural disaster or other
emergency situation, such as a ferry sinking, bus accident
Communication with distant hospitals and medical services to
obtain advice or to arrange evacuation.
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