During disasters like earthquakes or floods, the first thing that goes kaput is the power. Mobile networks tumble next. Cut off from our hyper-connected world, you’d think that there’s no way to communicate till your cell phones comes back to life, right?
Ham radios have existed as a mode of communication for decades. And the humble ham radio and its amateur operators have played a part during the pandemic too. The credit for pruning the ham radio culture in Bengaluru goes to Dr S Sathyapal, whose call sign is VU2FI. An avid ham radio operator who has trained thousands of youngsters to operate the device and the Q codes used to communicate, he is also the moving force behind the Indian Institute of Hams (IIH).
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