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Hams from NIAR Hyderabad aiding rescue ops in Uttarakhand

Postby vu2jos » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:42 am

Hams from Hyderabad aiding rescue ops
TNN | Jun 27, 2013, 02.00 AM IST

HYDERABAD: VU2JOS is on the job. And so is VU2MCW. Two hams, amateur radio operators, are volunteering in the rescue operations in Uttarakhand. The National Institute of Amateur Radio (Niar) in the city has jumped into action to assist the administration in establishing contact at places which are difficult to access.

Jose Jacob, with call sign VU2JOS and Mukesh Kumar Gola, with call sign VU2MCW, reached the disaster-hit Uttarakhand a couple of days ago. They are volunteering along with the Bharat Scouts and Guides in the rescue measures. "Some places cannot be reached with the available communication facilities. That is when a ham's services are needed the most to convey information," said S Ram Mohan, director of Niar.

Operating from the base station at Dehradun, Jose Jacob told TOI over phone that hams from all over the country were in touch with him seeking information about their family, friends or relatives. He said checking from the database that was created by the administration, information was being given out to hams. "We are getting more requests from hams from Kolkata and Rajkot," he said. Jacob, who has been a ham for over 33 years, rendered help in the tsunami-hit areas and also during the super cyclone in Odisha.

Another base station of the hams has been set up at Barkot town in Uttarkashi district from where VU2MCW Mukesh Kumar Gola is operating. Another 10 hams are also on standby to be rushed to Uttarakhand if needed.

Officials are making use of satellite phones and mobile phones to coordinate the rescue operations but they are said to be falling short of sat phones. Mobile phones are also not reachable at some places because of the hilly terrain. The only way of passing out information could be through the services of ham radio.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... ?prtpage=1
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Uttarakhand Emergency Communication frequencies: 7073 kHz LSB, 14160 kHz USB
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National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road
Hyderabad 500082, India

Tel: +91 40 2331 0287, +91 40 6516 7388
Fax: +91 40 2331 0787

http://www.niar.org
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad-500082, India

Cell: +91 94416 96043
Tel.+91 40 6516 7388 Telefax: +91 40-2331 0287
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