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Updated: 2018-03-06T15:24:17.467-08:00


Hamfest India 2015 @ Rajkot on November 28 & 29.


'HAMFEST' is a festival of HAMs, the largest gathering of Indian HAMs in one place, conducted every year in different cities of India since 1991. The main objective is to create an awareness of HAM RADIO along with the new technological skills in the field of communication...

HFI 2015 will be scheduled to take place at Atmiya College, Kalawad Road, Rajkot, Gujarat on November 28 & 29 this year.
For more info and registration visit :



HAMFEST is one of the biggest event usually hosted once a year. This year, the first time Gwalior is getting the opportunity to host .
Hamfests are events organized by amateur radio enthusiasts for social gathering and promotion of amateur radio hobby. Typically semi-annual events are held on weekends which last from several hours to several days which feature buying and selling of radio and related equipment. For HAMs in India, Hamfest India hosted in different parts of the country,  studded with technical lectures on latest topics like satellite communication, software design radio, antennas, etc. It also includes live demonstrations of HAM Radio Operation, workshops on different topics and stalls offering wireless communication equipment.

For More information and registration, visit :

JOTA 2012


Malabar Amateur Radio Scouting Society (MARSS) and Kerala State Bharat Scout and Guides (KSBSG)  Jointly Organising JOTA 2012  on  20&21 October 2012 at various part of KERALA.Following are the stations/Qth expected to be on air :QTH                                                  OPERATORS    1. PAYYANNUR (KANNUR)                      VU2OGO      2. ANTHIKKAD (THRISSUR)                    VU3KBN      3. VADAKARA                                              VU2EPR      4. CALICUT                                                  VU2ATB     5. IRATTUPETTA(KOTTAYAM)             VU3PMY     6. MUTHAKUNNAM(PARAVUR)             VU2ACC    7. ALAPPUZHA                                            VU2JYU    8. IDUKKI                                                     VU2DHA    9. ADOOR                                                      VU2FA    10.KOLLAM                                                   VU2SYT          11.THIRUVANANTHAPURAM                  VU2DPE   Maharashtra State Bharat Scout and Guides Association Organising Jota jointly with Thane District Bharat Scout and Guide Association, Raigargh District Bharat Scout and Guide Association and Dombivli Bharat Scout and Guides Association at Various places.               QTH                                                   OPERATORS1. BSG District HQ - Thane                          VU2IZO/VU3DOT2. Holi Angels School - Dombivli                  VU2PCT/VU2WSM3. V.K.High School - Panvel                          VU2TCE/VU2TCA4.  M.G.M. School - Nerul                             VU2TQC/VU2CXVAll stations are expected on HF/VHF and Echolink.[...]




Hamfest India 2012, the annual Amateur Radio Operators' and enthusiastic's meet,  scheduled to be held at Chennai on 15-16 December 2012 with a promises to be very exciting and rewarding for Ham community and the public. 

for more info and online registration, please visit

First time from VU Land : 8T1M


A very special 8T Prefix call allotted for the first time in India by WPC

On the inaugural occasion of MALABAR AMATEUR RADIO & SCOUTING SOCIETY (MARSS)-(VU2MLQ), India’s first Amateur Radio Head Quarters for the INTERNATIONAL RADIO SCOUTING MOVEMENT & DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS, approved to operate 8T1M, a very special 8T Prefix call allotted for the first time in India by WPC Ministry of Communication & IT.

Initially this special event station will be active from the field location KAPPAD Beach (Historical place in Calicut, Kerala State South West Cost of India) for a period of 4 days starts from 27th to 30th May 2012, later the event station will be moved to HQ.

The station will be QRV from 10 through 160 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY with 2 stations simultaneously on different bands/modes.

LoTW will be available after the event.

About MARSS pse visit:

IOTA - AS 175



A few members of Thane Amateur Radio Association (TARA) and Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) are going to activate Bet Shankhodhar Island a.k.a Bet Dwarka in the Gulf of Kutch between 16th to 23rd March 2012.

The team members would be arriving in batches with an advance party reaching the island on 15th March. Rest of the team members will arrive on a staggered basis until 17th March. The team plans to be active with 2 stations, with the possibility of a 3rd station, and will use vertical antennas. They will remain on the island until 23rd March. Preparations are on in full swing and all equipment is being packed.

This island falls under the IOTA Gujarat state west group - No.: AS-175 and has never been activated before. Bet Dwarka Island, also known as Bet Shankhodhar, is situated in the Gulf of Kutch. The island has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Early historic settlement remains have been located on the island which may be dated back to 3rd century BC on the basis of a potsherd inscribed with 'Nandakasa' in the Mauryan Brahmi script.

for updates visit :

Light House on Air


THE DAMAN GANGA LIGHT HOUSE, IND.128 and the Old Lighthouse IND 129 were activated between the 23rd to the 26th of December 2011 by the members of the Thane Amateur Radio Association.(TARA). The participants were VU2SWS, YL Sarla Sharma and VU2IZO, Milind (Micky) Korde. The Lighthouses are located in the Union territory of Daman, in Gujarat, grid location ML60jj.

Click here for Photos

Thanks to vu2izo providing the info and photos.

HFI 2011_ A Memorable Event


Ham Fest India 2011, conducted on 10 &11 December2011 at Kochi, was the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in India so far. Radio Amateurs and SWLs from nook and corners of the country and invited guests from other countries enjoyed the two-day event.  The feedback indicates that it was a dream come true gathering which has left pleasant memories that might linger for many years….More photos from my Camera available at : Click HereMore Photos by 1.YNS            Click Here2.SOH           Click Here3.HFI11        Click Here4.ANIL          Click Here5.OPD            Click Here6.Ganesan   Click Here7.PLG            Click HereLater few of us had a site seeing at Guruvayoor Temple, Alleppy Back Waters, Kalady and Athirappally : Photos Here [...]

Light House on air from VU


This years  greatest movement was to have two special event Light House stations operated from different locations. One from  Uttan near Mumbai (Maharashtra State)  and another from Alappuzha  (Kerala State).Details :Call                 :  VU9LHALocation        :  Alappuzha  (Kerala State).Period            :  from 12th to 22nd August 2011More info       : Links   : Photos 1 (VU9LHA)Photo Links   : Photos 2 (VU9LHA)Call                 :  AT0ULHLocation        :  Uttan , Near Mumbai  (Maharashtra State).Period            :  from 19th to 21st August 2011More info       : Links   : Photos 1 (AT0ULH)[...]

HFI 2011 Website is up!


Hamfest India 2011 website is up now is online! Please send your comments! 
Some more contents and features may be added in due course.

During the last 20 years, Hamfest India has helped to create a platform for Radio Amateurs to meet and exchange ideas and share technologies. Hamfest has been a friendly event for eyeball QSO for many friends who have met only on radio band. Hamfests have always been a recharging venue for Radio Amateurs and SWLs.

HamFestIndia 2011 - the count down has begun


Finally the countdown has begun! HamFestIndia 2011 is going to take place at Gokulam Park Convention Centre, Kaloor, Kochi (Cochin), Kerala on December 10th and 11th.

All hams in Kerala/ India have to do their best to make this event a grand success.

You may post your comments in HamfestIndia2011.

Let us all work together to make it a grand success.

The website is almost ready and will be up by July 1st.

Courtesy : Ravi, VU2RDN,Hamfest2011 Volunteer.

Amitabh Bachchan and Amateur Radio


One of India's most famous actors, 68 years old Amitabh Bachchan, expressed his interest to get back in to Amateur Radio (HAM Radio). He mentioned in his blog that while he returning to Mumbai, he had an interaction with the Flight captain, who is  also an Amateur Radio operator.  Amitabh Bachchan  have a Amateur Radio License with the call sign VU2AMY. 

Amitab Bachchan mentioned in blog  "Yes I am a member and had become one soon after my ‘Coolie’ accident when I was in Delhi recuperating. I had attended classes privately and has also given an examination, received my identity and had become a recognized member. But time and circumstances never permitted me to pursue its activities and so I stopped operating it. Now, I am too far gone in another direction and forgotten all the training that I received, as also my ID to be operational again." 

We,  all HAMs waiting to have a word with him on air soon…   

QSL to A47RS


As usual, having a qso with VU2PJM on  Mumbai repeater in the morning, we had a small qso with VU2TOO at around 7.20 am on Matheran repeater (VU2BBB_ Further we copied VU3JPD  OM Vinu from Gujarat and had a comfortable qso with him. It seems the VHF Band condition is favorable because VU3JPD located around 500Km away from the repeater and putting 5W of power with his directional Antenna. After the QSO, I continued with the Echolink and checked in to VU2PUM, VU2TCD and VU2HEN nets. Then as usual become busy with my harmonic to send him to school.  I had kept my radio on on 145.000 + (VU2BBB) with a low volume because the fishermen pirates are regular. Suddenly I copied some DX station on air coming through the repeater. Due to  the morning QRL I cant able to closely monitor the frequency so I called my SWL friend Bijoy and asked to monitor the repeater. Before reaching to QTH after dropping my harmonic to school,  Bijoy provided the info that he copied and understand that it is A47RS Repeater  and thought that some one patching the Echolink to the repeater.As my Echolink station was on, I checked that any station from near by and patching.. Nothing noticed, then I connected to A47RS-R and gave a call......... I heard my own voice at my 2M rig which was coming through A47RS -and-VU2BBB Repeater.  ( It was at 08.05 am to 08.45 am local time )The info provided in A47RS-R in Echolink cleared my doubts as A47RS having the frequency with 145.600 with negative shift and 145.600 is the input for VU2BBB.[...]

Operating frequencies for the VU4PB DXpedition


operating frequencies for the DXpedition now underway in Port Blair and more information are available on . Online log search etc will be operational shortlyOperating FrequenciesBANDCWRTTYSSB16021824-1845801,2350435843695401,3700470447095301010410144-2014024140841419517180741810418145152102421084212951224894249142494510280242808428495650104-50134Note:80 & 40m CW frequencies shifted due to JA Emergency netsOn 80 & 160m listen to the operator - Up or DN splits will be usedOn 40m SSB - we will use 7140 for NAThe following split frequencies will be followed as far as possible:CW Split - UP 2 to 10 khzSSB split - UP 5 to 15 khzRTTY split - UP 2 to 10 khzWe will listen in the US Novice bands segments where required[...]



The world Amateur Radio Day is celebrated every year on 18th April to commemorate the formation of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on this day in 1925 at Paris.The Quilon Amateur Radio League (QARL ) celebrates the event every year on 18th April or the nearest Sunday by conducting HAMFAIR. This year the programme will be held on Sunday, the 17th April. Lake City Contest and VHF Fox Hunt are also held in connection with the Amateur Radio Day celebrations. A special issue of ‘QARL News’ will also be published on this occasion. You are requested to contribute articles and advertisements well in advance. The QARL invite you along with your family and friends to participate in the programme and make it a grand success.Prgramme Schedule :1. LAKE CITY CONTEST The Lake City phone contest will be conducted from 5.00 P.M on 12/3/2011 to 5.00 P.M on 13/3/2011. The contest will be for 7 MHz only. The participant will get one point for each contact including DX contact. Copy of log may be sent to: The Quilon Amateur Radio League, P.O.Box No.335, Kollam – 691 001 OR by e.mail to so as to reach on or before 31/3/201.2. QARL 15th Kerala VHF Fox Hunt :The QARL 15th Kerala VHF Fox Hunt will be conducted on 16 April, 2011 at 2.00 PM. Venue: Jaladarshini, Thevally, Kollam. Fox hunt is open to all hams and SWLS. The CSD rolling shields will be awarded to the team leaders of the first three winning teams, in addition to cash awards and certificates. The participating teams are requested to register with the secretary by post or over telephone in advance.3. HAM FAIR, 2011 The HAMFAIR 2011 will be conducted on 17th April 2011 at Jaladarshini mini Auditorium,Thevally, Kollam. Registration of delegates will start by 09.00 am and the Inauguration & Prize distribution will start by 10.00am Chief Gust will be Smt. S.Lalithambika, District Collector, Kollam. The Exhibition will be 11.30 am to 4.00pm (Exhibition and sale of new as well as old wireless equipments and components are arranged) for more information visit [...]

VU4PB- DXpedition -Andaman Islands


ARSI to take a DXpedition to the Andaman Islands- VU4PB - March 15th to 31st 2011ARSI, who had taken a very successful expedition to Lakshadweep in December 2006, are all set to go to Port Blair in the Andaman's in the second half of March 2011.All permissions are in hand for a group of 17 operators to be active between the 15th and 31st March, with the call sign VU4PBFour stations are planned, operating on all bands and modes, from three locations - The Sinclair Bay View Hotel, The Megapode Nest and the Megapode Camping Resort.The first batch of eleven operators will fly out on the 12th March and be followed by the rest.Operating FrequenciesBANDCWRTTYSSB1601824-18458035243584369540702470447095301010410144-2014024140841419517180741810418145152102421084212951224894249142494510280242808428495for more details visit :[...]

Portable Antenna Terminal Connection Types


While spending the time for searching for some radio info, I got the following and hope it may be helpful to know about HT's antenna connection type CONNECTION AS USED BY: BNC coaxial connector Cleartone, Icom, Nabishi, Yaesu M6 thread Alcatel MX thread ICOM, Kenwood, Maxon, Midland, Motorola, Nabishi, SIMOCO,SMC,Tait, Yaesu MV thread SIMOCO PR710 thread SIMOCO PRP73 thread SIMOCO SE140 thread Ascom TNC coaxial connector Alcatel, Ascom, Bosch, Icom, Kenwood Trio, Nabishi, Philips SAGEM TNK coaxial connector Grundig, Key, Kyodo TNM coaxial connector Key, Kyodo, Niros Source :[...]

New Amateur Radio digital mode - V4


V4 is a new data mode optimized for amateur radio keyboard contacts using Viterbi FEC and 4FSK modulation.

It is designed to provide good copy even in weak signal or poor propagation conditions.

V4 can be implemented on most computers using standard PC sound cards with radio interfaces.

An Alpha version of the software can be downloaded from the files section of the V4 Protocol Yahoo Group.

V4 Protocol and V4 Chat document

Source :

Five new Amateur Radio Satellites in orbit


FASTRAC-1, FASTRAC-2, NanoSail-D2, O/OREOS and RAX were launched at 01:24 UT on Saturday Nov 20, reports of the signals are needed.

So far signals have been reported from FASTRAC-2 (Emma), O/ORES and RAX.

Nominal Frequencies:
- FASTRAC-1 "Sara Lily" 437.345 MHz FM AX.25 1200bps
- FASTRAC-2 "Emma" 145.825 MHz FM AX.25 1200bps
- RAX-1 437.505 MHz
- O/OREOS 437.305 MHz
- Nanosail D2 0.5 sec beacon every 5 sec on 437.275 MHz.

RAX Facebook:
RAX Twitter:

FASTRAC Facebook



Amateur radio operators - help track the FASTRAC satellites

AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB)

Orbiter Forum

Source : QRZ Forums

Linkage established via HAM radio network during Election


Elections to the first tribal panchayat in the Kerala State, India, which is beyond the reach of any communication system, information on polling trend was established through HAM radio communication network. Polling began at Idamalakkudy in Idukki district on Monday, 25th October 2010 and 33 HAM operators, 28 stationed at Idamalakkudy and the rest at the collectorate, were busy in assessing the situation and passing messages to the district headquarters via HAM radio, The District Collector Ashok kukar Singh approached the Ham Radio Club as the district was experiencing intermittent failure in power supply and getting immediate connectivity through phone was tough. The facility was arranged by the office-bearers of the HAM Radio club, government employees and section of students in the district. All arrangements were made a day ahead of polling day and we received the messages at the collectorate on an hourly basis, Singh said.

Edamalakkudy, 38 km from Munnar hill station, has no motorable road, no power or communication network.

There are 700-odd families of Muthuvan Scheduled Tribe, which live in small settlements at Edamalakkudy, situated amidst dense forest.

To fill the communication gap at the village where even police wireless system fail to work, the administration has roped in ham radio operators. The private hams have put up a temporary station and posted operators at all 13 booths to hotlink the hamlet with Idukki district administration on the polling day.

To reach Edamalakkudy, one has to trek 18 km through dense forest, after alighting at Pullumudi, 20 km away from Munnar. Only four-wheel jeeps can climb the hills up to Pullumudi from Munnar.

The first batch of polling officials left Munnar on Saturday. After walking through forest along with armed police, HAM Radio operators and forest officials, the polling personnel would reach their destination safely. The polling staff has been furnished with medical kits, sleeping bags and special shoes for trekking. They have even taken a traditional healer to attend to snake-biting cases, if any.

Amateur Radio Operators Provide Communications Support During Chilean Mine Rescue


As the last of the 33 miners who were trapped 2300 feet deep inside (and 3 miles from the mine entrance) the San José Mine -- located about 27 miles from the Chilean town of Copiapó in the Atacama Desert -- rose to the surface at 0055 UTC on October 14, the world cheered in unison. The miners, who were underground for 69 days -- the longest time ever for miners to be trapped and survive -- all emerged relatively healthy.

EchoLink for Android


EchoLink for Android provides access to the EchoLink network from your Android device. You can use this app to connect to the EchoLink system from almost anywhere, using either a WiFi or cellular (3G) connection.

Hamfest India 2010 at Pollachi


The 19th Hamfest in India, HamfestIndia 2010 is being conducted in Pollachi city, Tamilnadu, on November 13th and 14th. The venue is P.A. College of Engineering and Technology, Palladam Road, Pollachi, Coimbatore - 642 002.
for registration and more details, visit :

Transmission 2010


Radio communication is a vital part of today’s world. British Wireless for the Blind Fund invites your Club to take part in Transmission 2010, our annual competition to make as many contacts across the world as possible and raise money for a very worthwhile cause at the same time. British Wireless for the Blind Fund is a registered charity providing specially adapted radios and audio equipment on free permanent loan to registered blind and partially-sighted people in need in the U.K. Every year we receive requests for around 5,000 sets at a cost of approximately £750,000. All sponsorship money raised from Transmission will go towards continuing our much valued service. This year’s competition will be taking place over the weekend of the 18th/19th September and I very much hope that your Club will consider taking part. By getting friends and family to sponsor the number of contacts you make, we are able to keep people with sight loss in touch with the world. Join the fun – make as many contacts as possible from across the world, compete against other amateur enthusiasts and try to beat last year’s record of 802 contacts (individual category) or 1113 contacts (Clubs). To enter the competition, please either complete go to our new web-site at and fill in the on-line form. Sponsorship forms and a poster can also be downloaded. Once your registration has been received I will send out QSL cards, a copy of the Rules and sponsorship forms. There are trophies to be won for:- · Most contacts made by an Individual or a Club · Most money raised by an Individual or a Club · Young persons individual or group special achievement award I also hope to have prizes for each category. As soon as these are confirmed, I will put the information onto the web-site. I do hope you will decide to take this year and aim to raise sufficient funds to provide a radio set for someone in need in your area. The average cost of a set is £150. As an independent charity receiving no government funding or lottery money, BWBF are entirely reliant on the kindness and generosity of our supporters. Only with your help can we continue our work of supplying radios and audio equipment to people with sight loss. Yours sincerely, Frances Fielding Fundraising ManagerBritish Wireless for the Blind FundRegistered Charity No. 1078287 Registered as a Limited Company in England. Company No. 3870182Registered Address: 10 Albion PLace Maidstone Kent ME14 5DZ Tel: 01622 754757Source :[...]

Rastrapathi Award To VU2RBI



Mrs.D.Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, received the Best thank award from Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Patil, The President of India at Rastrapathi Bhawan , New Delhi on 14th July at11.30 AM

Mrs.D.Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, Chief Coordinator, National Institute of Amateur Radio received the "Thanks Badge" from the President of India for her meritorious service for Amateur Radio activities of the Bharat Scouts & Guides.