"Newsmakers from Hyderabad"
Kudos to the entire team of
Hyderabad based 'The National Institute of Amateur Radio' for establishing instant communication lines in Gujarat
| This Hyderabad-based NGO, The National Institute of Amateur
Radio(NIAR), has sent a full fledged voluntary team to help with the Gujarat aftermath. All
communication lines have been disrupted. Ham would provide an alternative
as it can be provide an alternative as it can be used anywhere.
The team is carrying 10 high frequency and 10 very high frequency wireless sets, an equal number of base stations and walkie-talkies besides antennas.
HAM provides the best alternative when other channels don't work in such emergencies. It
doesn't need a cable or a big antenna and by using frequency sets, it can establish contact with similar sets and stations on the same frequency. They can be contacted even from
aircraft. The advantage of HAM is that receiving and sending stations can be
established in no time anywhere, anytime.
Fifteen years ago, a team from the same Institute joined the Mervay floods. It also won
appreciation for service during the Latur quake in 1992 and the Orissa cyclone in 1999.
In the Orissa cyclone when the entire communications system wen haywire, it was the team from the city that set up the first mode of communication in the State. In fact, the then Orissa chief minister Giridhar Gomang made his first call for help to New Delhi through the HAM set provided by team from the city. It also extended its services to even the remotest parts of the State which were
devastated the coastal parts of the State.
National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) was registered under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana area) Public Societies Registration Act, 1350 Fasli (Act 1 of 1350 F) on the 21st day of June 1983. NIAR was established
Encouraged by Govt. of India and several State Govts. And the world bank the National Institute of Amateur radio (NIAR) is established to spread the awareness of Amateur radioactivity amongst the people in the country.
The institute conducts regular training programs to train people for the Amateur Station operator License examination conducted by the Ministry of Communications Government of India.The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency services (RACES) wing of NIAR if fully equipped with men and material to assist the local administration in any kind of emergency/Natural/Manmade Calamities.
NIAR assists School/Colleges/Individuals to form their own Amateur Radio Clubs.
The Technical wing of the institute encourages Amateurs to construct their own home made transceivers which are very economical compared to the commercial equipment.
Many HAM enthusiasts feel that the total lack of communication that has isolated Bhuj from the rest of the country at a crucial
time, could have been averted if India adopted the Japanese policy of compulsory HAM radio
clubs in publicly funded schools. Nevertheless Hyderabad based NIAR has show
the way and it is for the state and central govts to take note of such invaluable organisations and spread this network throughout the
length and breadth of the country.
shocked by the earthquakes in Gujarat
-30th Jan' 2001
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