Italian hams supplying critical communications in earthquake region

This from the ARRL: Hams in the affected L’Aquila region of Italy are supporting the Dipartimento Protezione Civile with emergency communications via local VHF and UHF repeaters. The death toll in the earthquake has reached 260 with severe aftershocks continuing to hamper rescue and recovery operations.

Italian government officials estimate that 28,000 people lost their homes and 17,000 are living in tents, staying in emergency shelters or living with family.

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