The idea of ​​making a network of radios operating in Short Waves in the Extractive Reserve of the Upper Juruá is an old demand of the population of the Reserve. In 2011, the project started to take shape, but only in 2014 did the project actually have its implementation started.

The Fonias Juruá Project started in 2014, and in 2015, 6 radio stations were installed and training the basic operation and maintenance of equipment for the people of each place where the stations were set up. 5 of the stations were installed in communities within the Alto Juruá Extravitiate Reserve, southwest of Acre, and one at the headquarters of the association that represents the reserve, in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo / AC.

In each locality chosen by the residents of the reserve, the proponent group [1] together with local residents installed a solar panel, load regulator, battery, 3 posts between 7 to 9 meters for antenna support, antenna, connecting cable The transceiver to the antenna, and the transceiver, an Icom IC-78.

In 2014 the project received a prize from the Cultural Amazon Program of the Ministry of Culture. In 2016 the project was awarded the FRIDA Award and the Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant [2]. In 2016 the group went to the field to provide support and check the stations, and in 2017 the group installed 2 new stations in the forest, making a total of 8 stations on air.

In 6 communities were installed equipment to perform digital transmission and reception of files. A system was developed for the digital communication through the HF radio. A software capable of generating a signal compatible with the HamDRM standard is used for the digital transmission in HF. Photos and texts were transmitted from one station to another, validating the hypothesis of the use of the HF band for digital data transmission using the same radio transceiver used for voice communication.



[1] – The group that makes up the project consists of residents of the reserve and researchers, among them Francisco Caminati (UNESP), Rafael Diniz (UnB), Maria Jacinta Moreira da Silva, Francisco Aldemar dos Santos Vale, Antonio Barbosa de Melo and Antônio José Nascimento Melo. During the application for the Frida project, Anna Orlova (Freie Universitat), Diego Vicentim (UNICAMP) and Paulo Lara (Goldsmiths University) began collaborating with the project.

[2] – Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant awarded to Rafael Diniz.

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