Special Call Ham Radio Station AT0IRF at Outreach International Radio Fair 2017
The Amateur Radio Convention and Conference Samity (ARCCS - VU2GIN) will operate a Special Call Ham Radio Station AT0IRF from Outreach International Radio Fair Grounds, Bhubaneshwar between 12 - 14 February 2017.
ARCCS will also showcase the importance of radio at the times of disaster or emergency.
Focusing on South Asia, Nepal, was hit by devastating earthquakes and aftershocks in April and May 2015 resulting in nearly 9,000 killed and over 22,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands fled their homes, many of whom are still living in temporary shelters. In the aftermath of the earthquake, community radio and amateur radio were among the only functioning media that played a major role in relief, rescue and information dissemination operations. The recent floods in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu that claimed over 300 lives and displaced close to 18,00,000 persons also saw a historic development – the establishment and use of India’s first emergency community radio station in the district of Cuddalore, one of the state’s worst affected areas. In times of emergencies and disasters, radio is among the most effective and economical mediums of communication which can easily be set up to provide crucial disaster and relief communications. Radio broadcasting for emergencies and disaster relief operations can be made operational with limited sources of transmitting power and infrastructure. At the receiving end, radio sets can be made operational with limited DC battery power, or even solar power or means of cranking. There is no doubt that radio can spread awareness among the greatest number of people in the shortest possible time. And as demonstrated by community broadcasting, communities with limited technical expertise can easily be trained to operate radio as opposed to other forms of mass communication. All these reasons make radio the most compelling technology during disasters. Because of the appropriateness of radio technology for emergencies there is a need to set up freely accessible frequencies dedicated to radio broadcasting during emergencies. States should also have protection plans in place for emergency radio frequencies which become vulnerable (just like any other frequencies) in times of emergency. This World Radio Day should be an opportunity for us to reflect on the role of radio and the media in general in times of emergencies and disasters.
ARCCS has set up a Special Branch for Emergency Communications and on the verge of starting an emergency Community Radio station.
The Special Attraction of this years World Radio Day Celebrations is the photo booth.