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About HAM Radio

Amateur radio or ham radio is practiced by more than 16,000 licensed users in India. The first amateur radio operator was licensed in 1921, and by the mid-1930s, there were around 20 amateur radio operators in India. Amateur radio operators played an important part in the Indian independence movement with the establishment of illegal pro-independence radio stations in the 1940s. The three decades after India’s independence saw only slow growth in the numbers of operators until the then Prime Minister of India and amateur radio operator, Rajiv Gandhi (VU2RG), waived the import duty on wireless equipment in 1984. Since then, numbers have picked up, and as of 2007, there were more than 16,000 operators in the country. Amateur radio operators have played a vital role during disasters and national emergencies such as earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, floods, and bomb blasts, by providing voluntary emergency communications in the affected areas.

The Wireless and Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC)—a division of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology—regulates amateur radio in India. The WPC assigns call signs, issues amateur radio licenses, conducts exams, allots frequency spectrum, and monitors the radio waves.

Short History of MHRC

The Mount Abu International Ham Radio Club VU2BK is the only membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in Rajasthan, India. MHRC VU2BK is a non-profit organization established on 17th October 2013 by Yashwant Patil VU2YOR as President and Mohan Singhal VU2TKH as Vice President.

MHRC provides technical advice and assistance to amateur radio enthusiasts, organizes training programs, conducts field day’s and provides emergency communications service throughout the country. MHRC has approximately 200 Ham’s as members. In addition to members in India, the organization has also members in other countries. MHRC hosted Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Hamfest India in Abu, Rajasthan in November 2016.

Like many of the amateur radio clubs and societies, MHRC had humble beginnings. Amateur Radio activity at Mt. Abu was started in the early 90’s with a small group of wireless enthusiasts like Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ashok Gaba VU2AIZ, Mohan Singhal VU2TKH, C Cockinos VK4UZ, Yashwant Patil VU2YOR, Jignesh Desai AD6TF & Satish Kavishwar VU2CC. The group was mixture of people from Science and Engineering backgrounds.

Now MHRC has several leading lights at the society like Karuna VU3UWS, Mrithyunjaya VU3UXC, Pandiamani VU3UXM who saw amateur radio as an instrument of universal brotherhood and an important tool in managing disasters.

MHRC’s VHF/UHF repeaters are located at Achalgadh at an Altitude of 1312m/4306ft covering the needs Ham fraternity of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The frequencies of repeaters are VHF Rx 145.000 TX 145.600 & UHF Rx 435.800 TX 434.200. MHRC (VU2BK) Club has all the necessary equipment for use of variety of modulation methods including Morse code, voice and digital modes, and image modes such as television and facsimile.