The radio was first purchased about two months previously, but the shipment only arrived with NES a fortnight ago. Luckily, skipper Peter Tye of the SV Complicite was in Rarotonga and was planning on heading to Suwarrow, so he volunteered to take the radio with him.
Tye and his crew of three departed Avatiu Harbour last Wednesday, sailing to Palmerston for a two-day stopover before continuing on to Suwarrow.
The crew has also offered to assist NES rangers Harry Papai and John Samuela with the installation of the new radio.
Since arriving on Suwarrow in mid-May of this year, Papai and Samuela have been using a satellite phone to communicate with Rarotonga.
Thanks to the new HF radio, the two rangers will be able to communicate with each other and other vessels while on the surrounding motu of Suwarrow, due to the radio having a stronger signal strength than the satellite phone.
NES director Joseph Brider and his staff thank skipper Peter Tye and SV Complicite crew members Michelle Luinstra, Ariel Luinstra and Camilla Unfried for their assistance.