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  HAM hai na!
   By: Aditya Anand
   June 25, 2007

Armed with their equipment 24X7 to help Mumbai live through unexpected disasters, HAM radio operators are set to enact their annual role of relaying important messages.

Zyros Zend of the Mumbai Amateur Radio Society said, “We are always ready to contribute to society.”

And on days when heavy rains are predicted, a HAM informed, “We have a person positioned at the BMC headquarters to pass on messages to relief sites.”

HAMs in Mumbai are trying to persuade the government to introduce HAM radio as a subject in school syllabus in the city.

“Mumbai would be safer if HAM radio was introduced as a compulsory subject,” said Zend.

The Japanese government had made it compulsory for students and “It was of immense use during the Kobe earthquake,” revealed Zend. The Mumbai Amateur HAM Association will organise classes in HAM radio operation from July 1 at Churchgate.

Who are HAMs?

HAMs are people who communicate with each other using radio. It’s a non-commercial, non-profit radio service and a  friendly hobby enjoyed by over 500 people in Mumbai.

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