Ham Radio 360: Nepal Earthquake, Radio Mala

Radio Mala

It’s known that the country of Nepal experiences a Major Earthquake approximately every 75 years.  In a preemptive move, Radio Mala was founded to ensure the Nepali amateurs could communicate during the anticipated quake and the monsoon season.  Radio Mala is a disaster communication infrastructure to connect Kathmandu and the surrounding region in a ring of protective amateur radio communication.


The April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake)killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. It occurred at on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8Mw or 8.1Msand a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent). Its epicenter was east of the district of Lamjung, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi). It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.

Just a few years ago Suresh and David, former classmates, began working together to build the Amateur Radio Network in Nepal.  This is their story.

Dave Witkowski, W6DTW

Have some spare change or spare gear?  Interested in helping Radio Mala?  Connect with them today through one of the links listed below!

Radio Mala

Radio Mala on Facebook

Radio Mala on Twitter

David Witkowski on Twitter

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Sanjeeb Panday, 9N1SP, helps to install Nepal’s new repeater at Tribhuvan University. *arrl*


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