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MoS, Communications Devusinh Chauhan inaugurates Hamfest India 2023 in Ahmedabad

Hamfest India 2023: Uniting Amateur Radio Enthusiasts across the globe for Networking, Knowledge Sharing, and Advancements in the Field

There should be a HAM in every village: MOSC

HAMs are always ready to help when all communications fail

HAM education should be integrated in primary and secondary schools to ensure widespread adoption and aid in disaster response across the country: MOSC

Posted On: 25 NOV 2023 8:36PM by PIB Delhi

Today marked a momentous occasion in the world of amateur radio as the Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devusinh Chauhan, inaugurated Hamfest India 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan, Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This two-day national convention commenced on November 25, 2023

Shri Devusinh Chauhan during his address to the gathering stated around 1000+ HAMs attended HAM FEST INDIA 2023. HAMs are always ready to help when all communications fail. He also added that WPC Wing within the Ministry under the guidance of hon’ble Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnav ji has undertaken significant reforms in the field of HAM Radio examination and certification, regulations, and processes. The implementation of the Saral Sanchar Portal received an overwhelming response with licenses issued promptly.

The Minister expressed his vision, stating, “I believe there should be a HAM in every village, just like in some of the other countries, where there are more than 1 lakh HAMs. HAM should proliferate to every village in India.”

Shri Devusinh Chauhan emphasized pivotal role of HAM technology in emergencies, advocating for its widespread use in society’s interest. He urged the integration of HAM education in primary and secondary schools to ensure widespread adoption and aid in disaster response across the country. He concluded by commending efforts of HAM team, encouraging them to continue their remarkable work.

Hamfest India 2023 brings together a diverse community of amateur radio operators, showcasing the latest innovations, communication techniques, and technological advancements. With over 10 technical workshops and 5 stalls highlighting designs and innovations, the event offers a comprehensive platform for enthusiasts to explore and engage. The event not only fosters a space for HAMs to connect but also hosts a trade show, flea market, and an array of activities tailored to cater to the interests of amateur radio operators.

One of the primary highlights of Hamfest India is the opportunity for HAMs to engage in Eyeball QSO (Face-to-Face Meetings) rarely possible during regular radio interactions. The event encapsulates seminars on technical, operational, and legal aspects of amateur radio, alongside license examination sessions and the display and sale of various radio equipment by commercial vendors and individual HAMs.

In addition to the technical engagements, Hamfest India 2023 integrates cultural programs and photo sessions, further enriching the experience for participants.

History and Significance

Hamfest India 2023 stands as a signal to the continuing spirit and evolution of amateur radio, uniting enthusiasts, fostering innovation, and celebrating the advancements in the field. As the largest gathering of Indian HAMs in one place, this event signifies the vibrant and prosperous community of amateur radio operators in India.

Hamfest India holds a significant place in the history of amateur radio in India, dating back to its inception in 1991. The event has been pivotal in uniting amateur radio enthusiasts, providing a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and staying updated on the latest developments in the field.

The journey of amateur radio in India traces back to the 1920s when Signal Corps officers sowed the seeds of this captivating hobby. Amarendra Chandra Gooptu and Mukul Bose were among the pioneers of amateur radio operations in India, and the community has steadily grown since then despite occasional interruptions, including during the freedom struggle.

Post-independence, the establishment of the Amateur Radio Club of India in 1948 marked a new chapter in India’s amateur radio narrative. Over the decades, Hamfest India has played a crucial role in fostering innovation, community building, and service.

About Amateur Radio (HAM Radio)

Amateur radio is a popular hobby involving use of radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes. HAM radio operators communicate using designated radio frequencies, engaging in diverse activities like contests, emergency communication support, experimentation, technical learning and community engagement.

The hobby offers a unique blend of technical learning, community engagement, and global connectivity through radio waves, emphasizing innovation and service. 

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