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HF/SSB radio email for a sustainable environment

BRUNEI BAY RADIO's HF/SSB radio email service provides truly low-cost and reliable email to facilitate sustainable environment initiatives by communities, governments and not-for-profit organisations.

BRUNEI BAY RADIO's HF/SSB radio email service area includes some of the world's most significant ecological assets and biological diversity, including the Coral Triangle and the Heart of Borneo. 

Presentations by consultants, scientists, tour operators and government representatives at the BIMP-EAGA Business Council's October 2008 conference on Community-based ecotourism in Manado, Sulawesi, repeatedly highlighted the need to provide communities with viable income replacement options to overcome destructive practices such as wildlife poaching, fish bombing and forest removal.

Successful examples of environmentally sustainable community-based ecotourism initiatives were presented to the conference as viable strategies to help preserve both the natural and cultural heritage of the region. A critical element in making such projects accessible to the tourism marketplace, and for organising visitor arrivals, supplies and logistics, is a means of cheap and reliable communication which can be quickly deployed in areas where normal internet/email services are not available, are unreliable or are too expensive (eg: via satellite).  

BRUNEI BAY RADIO's HF/SSB radio email service provides that requirement.  It can be quickly deployed to link isolated communities on islands, coasts and mountains with regional travel organisers, suppliers and clients at low-cost, without the need to wait for land based communication infrastructure projects, and without the high cost and technological complexity of commercial satellite systems.  

The easily transportable BBRemail 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 generator operation.

Once the 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. This presents opportunities:

1. Multiple separate community based businesses can share the one BBRemail terminal (ie: radio/modem/antenna) for their separate business communication needs.

2. Sustainable environment, not-for-profit, organisation staff and volunteers can communicate with regional offices and international supporters regarding matters relevant to project management, environmental surveys etc using the same BBRemail terminal in the community.

3. Community members can use the BBRemail terminal to undertake distance education courses in subjects such as adventure tourism, accounting and business skills; to help ensure the financial sustainability and safe operations of their community based SMEs. 

If worthwhile jobs are available in the community then young people are more likely to stay and that helps preserve the community, the local environment and the community's traditions. 


BRUNEI BAY RADIO's HF/SSB radio email service utilises a similar low-cost  equipment/software integration that is already deployed for use by:

1. Mostly retired husband and wife crews on thousands of cruising yachts around the world with limited power supplies, a hostile salt-water environment, and constant movement.  They choose this system because it works despite the difficult operating environment, and it can be operated by people with minimal computer and/or radio skills.

2. Remote tourist lodges in Africa to manage bookings, visitor arrivals & departures, supply orders, staff and logistical arrangements.  These lodges have limited power supplies and no rocket scientist to operate/maintain satellite equipment. 

3. The USA government for its public access natural disaster email communication system. A system that will work when local communication infrastructures are damaged or without power.

4. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology to gather weather data from remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. Because many of the islands have more important requirements for their limited money than giving it to satellite system suppliers. 

The durability, reliability of functionality of
BRUNEI BAY RADIO's HF/SSB radio email service is well proven.



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