(An autonomous organization under the Department ofScience & Technology),C-24, Qutab Institutional Area,New Delhi-110 016
Considering the utility and potential of ham radio not only in emergency, but also as a means oftriggering and promoting interest in science and technology, National Council for Science andTechnology Communication (NCSTC) and Vigyan Prasar have been putting in efforts to popularizeham radio in India. This hobby has the potential to involve a vast majority of the young and energeticcitizens of our country in a process of "Learning by Doing" in the field of electronics as well as wirelesscommunication technology.Vigyan Prasar is in the process of building up a nationwide science club movement under which ascience club network has already been functioning (called the
work of ScienceClubs-
). These "
" for the kids, if hooked through a network of ham radiostations, will enhance the interaction among the kids and other science enthusiasts. It will also providean opportunity to the club members to do on-the-air voice communication without any cost. It may berecalled that ham radio operators played an important role during the Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha (1987)in coordinating and monitoring the movements of Jatha, besides organising demonstrations of hamradio for the public.
Vigyan Prasar runs the amateur radio station VU2NCT which is located in theTechnology Bhawan, New Delhi.
Few years back, Vigyan Prasar also developed a low cost 7 MHzQRP transceiver.
Vigyan Prasar runs a VHF Ham Repeater Station (VU2DLR) for the mobileoperators in Delhi.
It may be mentioned that
Dr. Narender K. Sehgal, Head of NCSTC & Director, Vigyan Prasar
himself is a ham radio operator
He is also a winner of the highest Internationalaward ("Kalinga Award") in science popularization offered by UNESCO.
Dr. V.B. Kamble, Director,NCSTC, DST is the founder custodian of ham radio station VU2NCT.
"Catch them young"
is a phrase very popular with all educationists. The present education systemprovides ample scope for organizations like ours to contribute towards strengthening andsupplementing the learning experiences of children by designing well focused programmes, especiallyin electronics, that encourage self-learning via electronic kits and toys; initiation into hobbies likeamateur radio etc. Efforts in this direction are underway at Vigyan Prasar. This study material iscompiled to help the ham radio enthusiasts in their preparation for the Amateur Station Operator'sCertificate (ASOC) examination conducted by the Ministry of Communications for awarding of amateurradio operator's licence. Readers may also refer to the ham radio section of the Vigyan Prasarhomepage (URL:
) for more information.
This study material is compiled by:
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