Ham radio catches fancy of students

TNN | Oct 1, 2016, 10.10 AM IST
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HYDERABAD: HAM radio has once again caught the fancy of people, with several students from engineering colleges too taking it up as their project.The sending of signals, and waiting for a response from another ‘ham’ (operator), has long been a popular hobby , but now students are increasingly waking up to the many practical uses of this medium.

The practical exposure op towards design and elechtronics that the amateur radio format lends users, has got a number of computer science students, faculty members, and even colleges flocking to become HAM operators.

For DVS Adithya, a third-year stu dent of elec tronics and communication engi neering, Geetam University, learning and being a HAM operator stemmed from a bigger dream. “I had been fascinated with big communication instru ments. When I first heard about HAM, and understood that it can give me exposure to even designing a satellite, there was no looking back,” he said. Speaking about his attempts to own a home radio station, Adithya said, “HAM throws up an interesting possibility of connecting with various other op erators across the world. I can learn and take help in designing my radio station from other operators too.”

Many students after completing basic training in HAM have now bought their own transmitters, antenna and set up miniature radio stations at home. Others who can only afford basic equipment, are using walkie-talkies and making do. Rahul Da kori, a first-year BTech (computer science) stu dent from Swami Vive kananda college, said, “I am now building an antenna and trans-receiver at home and eventually plan to have a complete radio station.” About 10 colleges and a handful of schools enrolled with the National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, this year. These institutes churned out nearly 100 certified HAM operators. ” Around 30 of our faculty members have completed training and now 150 students are ready to take the exam. It’s the best way to gain hands-on experience,” said Prof Srinivas Rao, HoD, EC, Malla Reddy College of Engineering.
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