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REGISTRATION FOR ONLINE TUTORIALS: IIH will conduct Ham Radio training ONLINE on specific days & timings. You can listen, interact directly from your home. Introduction to Ham (Amateur) Radio & interaction" will be on Saturday, 30th January 2021 5.00 pm for Registration Contact: Dr. S.SATHYAPAL, Director-IIH , Cell: +91 94483 02677 or e-mail: ham7388@gmail.com
iNDIA celebrates Makar Sankranti in unique ways.
Makar Sankranti

Bangalore , Jan 14, 2021
on January 14. In most states of India, Makar Sankranti is synonymous with the harvest festival - a time for rejoicing and welcoming the spring season. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of a six-month auspicious period known as Uttarayana, when the Sun travels to the northern hemisphere, according to the Hindu calendar. States across India, celebrate Makar Sankranti in unique ways. This is the time for family get-togethers, celebrating around bonfires and flying kites. The main rituals include Ganga snan or taking a holy dip in the Ganga, Anna daan or charity and making special Makar Sankranti delicacies line Dahi Chuda, Khichri and sweets made of til or sesame and jaggery.

How to collect your QSL card

Just browse the table below, spot your name and call sign and click your call sign and download your e-QSLcard, That's it
Please note that the list given is in alphabetical order to find your name quickly.
List of staions on the Special net.
These files are available till Jan 30, 2021 in our web site


All YL Net control special VHF net on VU2IU repeater

145.800 MHz minus 600 KHz shift Echolink VU2IU- R, ON THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY 2021 BETWEEN 2000 HRS TO 2200 HRS (Net duration - 2 Hours). it was linked to Echolink also.
It was one of the International VHF nets. Thanks to Dr.Sathyapal, VU2FI SP, Director IIH, who has arranged all the infrastructure facilities .
There were FOUR Net controls for the TWO hours net sharing the 30minutes slot alloted to them. The net controls are VU2NIS - NISHA, VU3SIM - SOWMYA, VU3JYP - BHUMIKA and VU3FNV - SMRITI All the stations were allowed to contact all the netcontrols individually. 149 contacts were loged-in by the FOUR NC, overwhelming response NINE overseas DX stations, 20YL stations, besides wide PAN INDIA participations, VU3OIM - - VENKAT was the log keeper and the official scorer for this net.

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IIH dedicates todays evening VHF net to
RJ Marcus VU2VTM - GURU ji on his 80th Birthday

Bangalore Jan 15,2021..

2021 - Centinary year for the Amateur Radio in India.
History of Ham Radio in India

The history of ham radio began in India as early as 1921. The first Indian ham late Amarendra Chandra Gooptu, started his transmission in the year 1921 with a callsign 2JK. He was the lone ham at that time and so his radio transmission was a one way traffic. Those having the receiving equipments could listen to his broadcast. 2JK was followed by 2HQ, Mukul Bose (changed to VU2HP) in 1922 and VU2AG, Loken Bose in 1924. So two way ham radio contacts among Indians started from 1922 onwards. However, during the 1923s 20 British hams were operating from India. India's first short wave public broadcasting station belonged to Dr. Matcalfe, VU2KH, a leading radio amateur and who was the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University. He and his group of radio amateurs established an entertainment public broadcasting station VU6AH in the year 1935 and had listeners all over India.Amateur Radio licensing was closed and ham radio equipments were taken away by the authorities when the World War II broke in 1939. At the end of World War II, the authorities started issuing temporary amateur radio operator's licenses from 1946. By the beginning of 1948, there were hardly fifty odd licensed hams of which a dozen or so were active. On May 15, 1948, Amateur Radio Club of India (ARCI) was inaugurated in the School of Signals at Mhow with Major B.M. Chakravarti, VU2BU at the helm. In May 15, 1954, Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) was born at New Delhi taking over the ARCI which by then had moved from Mhow to Bombay and finally to Delhi.
Taken from: Brief History of Amateur Radio in Calcutta-by Avinash Missra, VU2EM:Hamfest India '96 Souvenir


An authentic 1933 ham radio station

FeatureStation: From the left: A 1932 Hammarlund Comet Pro receiver, speaker, coil box and the QSL card of the first owner Dare Aucott, W3CRY, of Atlantic City, NJ. Right: Key on black-wooden base and well-made homebrew 300 watt transmitter built by Joe Hoffman, W2DST of New York.
picture courtesy: http://www.njarc.org/oldradio/



To commomarate the Centinary year of Amateur Radio in India, Indian Institute of Hams will conduct many HAM awareness programs. Many special VHF nets, Many workshops on Disaster management. The calendar of events 2021 will be published in the website.


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Attention all VU Hams & SWLs!
The WPC Wing, DOT, Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India has notified through the Office Memorandum File No. Project/ASMS/02/2019 (Part-1) dated 27 July 2020 that with effect from 1 August 2020 all applications for Amateur Radio are to be done only online through https://saralsanchar.gov.in/ Practical guidelines for the same are given as follows:

Links Courtesy: NIAR/VU2JOS
Latest WPC Circulars:

Import of Amateur Radio Equipment : 2020-21
Detailed article about import of equipment by Radio Amateurs in India written by     Mr. Devadas, VU2DH of Chennai whose profession is Shipping & International Freight Forwading is available
click here
Useful links
Amateur Radio VHF/UHF Repeater Stations in India :

Compiled by Jose Jacob, VU2JOS,
National Institute of Amateur Radio,NIAR.
Please click the link below.

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