radio operator can carry on experiments with various communication
equipment and systems going deeper into the science of electronics
(Learning by Doing) and at the same time provide great service to the
people in general worldwide by way of organizing on-the-air emergency
medical traffic, establishing emergency communication network during
natural calamities like flood, cyclone, storm, earthquake or any other
disaster. Amateur Radio stations act as the 'SECOND LINE' of communication
when existing public or government communication links fail to act.
facet of amateur radio was demonstrated in India with valuable public
service activities during a Post & Telegraph Strike in 1960, when radio
amateurs passed important messages for the public.
In September 1979, during the flash floods at Morvi due to the
Machhu dam burst in Gujarat, more than a dozen amateur radio stations of
western India activated emergency radio stations to pro-relief agencies,
government officials and victims of the disaster in the cities of Rajkot,
Baroda, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Similar services were rendered by hams during the cyclonic
storms in Saurashtra and a number of times in
Andhra Pradesh-a state prone to cyclonic
storms following weather distrurbances over the Bay of
You might recollect the earthquakes in Uttar-Kashi and more recently at Latur
in Maharashtra and adjoining areas where ham radio operators provided the
essential communication network for coordinating and organising relief
operations, arranging medicines, food and clothing for the affected people.
This specialized technical sports or hobby is very much a national asset like
any other non-governmental public service organisation (e.g. the Red Cross).
Ham Radio has reestablished its importance during the recent Orissa disaster
(the devastating cyclone), when all the communication facilities broke down. A
ham radio station set up at the Orissa Chief Minister's residence maintained
contact with the nation's capital for nearly a month.
Amateur radio stations also come into action during the major sports event
like the ASIAD, the HIMALAYAN CAR RALLY to assist the sports officials as well
as the rally operators. The Himalayan Expedition teams are getting assistance
from the ham radio operators.
I would appreciate detail information from hams who have
participated in such emergency communication at my E-mail!