When there is total breakdown of official communication channels during a natural calamity or a similar situation, the informal HAM network becomes useful to organise relief and restore order, said Rohit S. Rao, a member of Mangaluru Amateur Radio Club.
He was speaking on “Emergency Communications” for the benefit of members of Indian Medical Association, Mangaluru Chapter, here on Friday. Therefore, he told doctors that amateur radio operators, also known as ‘HAM’s were often the only communication available during calamities.
Mr. Rao said: “HAMs are licensed radio operators. They are civilians operating radio as a hobby with their own radio sets and exclusive bandwidth, through which they can communicate with other HAMs anywhere in the world.”
IMA member R.K. Ranjan, who is also a HAM radio enthusiast, introduced the guest speaker. IMA-Mangaluru president Venugopala, and MARC president D. Vishnumurthy were present.
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