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Two Hams Injured in Baghdad Bombing

from Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1359 - August 29 2003
Website: on August 31, 2003
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Dateline the Middle East where two ham radio operators were injured as a result of ongoing hostilities. This, in a June 19th terrorist attack on U-N neadquarters in Baghdad Iraq.

The GB2RS News Service reports that Ghis Penny, ON5NT; Michael Dirksen, PA5M, and Robert Kasca, S53R, were at the United Nations building when the building was bombed. Both Penny and Dirksen were airlifted abroad for medical attention. Fortunately Kasca was unhurt in the attack.

Penny is now back home in Belgium recouperating. He says that his wounds are healing well and that he expects to go on to Dubai in about three weeks.

The RSGB News Services notes that many radio amateurs are using their communications skills for humanitarian relief work. This, for the United Nations, the Red Cross and other non-governmental organisations in Iraq and other of the worlds danger zones. (GB2RS)

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Two Hams Injured in Baghdad Bombing Reply
by PA5M on October 31, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Just to update you on this.
I (PA5M) and Ghis (ON5NT) started working again.
It personally took me 8 weeks to recover in a way I was able to work again.
Still have some issues with eyes and scares, but time will (hopefully) heal all wounds...
I'm writting this from my FITTEST mission in Senegal.
So as you can read, life goes on.
Maybe we meet someday on the bands from a rare country.
73e Michael PA5M
Two Hams Injured in Baghdad Bombing Reply
by 9A3A on November 1, 2003 Mail this to a friend!
Roger de Weever, 9Y4RD was also injured during the bombing. He is recovering in the USA.
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