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