Shropshire radio hams in 'historic broadcast'

Amateur radio enthusiasts from Shropshire have helped make what is believed to be the first-ever broadcast from islands off Papua New Guinea.

Michael Street and Martyn Vincent, from Telford, were part of a six-man team which visited the remote islands in Oceania earlier this month.

More than 25,000 amateur radio broadcasters heard the signal.

The pair travelled with fellow enthusiasts from Sweden, Portugal and other parts of the UK.

Mr Street, who is a retired RAF warrant officer and Mr Vincent, who was the head teacher at Bomere Heath School, were part of the group, which flew to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

The group then finished its journey by boat.

"They were tiny Pacific Islands. One island called Feni took just five minutes to walk from one end to the other.

We set up our tents, unloaded the radio equipment and broadcast for four days. No-one had ever operated an amateur radio signal from there," Mr Street said.

Mr Vincent said the broadcast had caused a stir.

"The air waves became frantic when thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts from across the world picked up the rare signal from the remote 'Robinson Crusoe' island," he said.

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