Hyderabad: Muffakam Jah College of Engineering and Technology in Banjara Hills has been a destination for Ham Radio enthusiasts across the country, in the last two days. The Lamakaan Annual Radio Convention-2019 was organised by the Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club (LARC).
The convention saw various technical sessions on designing and analyzing antennas, building power supplies, 3D printing, working of satellites, and home brewing sessions on dual-band transceiver, remote operating station to name a few.
Hams and home brewers pan-India were present at the venue to showcase their latest experiments with newer radio techniques and exchange information with the participants. The event was attended by around 500 people including students of the college, according to B Sridhar Reddy, organiser of the convention.
“The main purpose of the convention is eyeball meet, that is to know fellow Hams in person from different walks of life,” said Reddy. He added that this convention is not just exclusively for the Hams but anyone could attend and use the knowledge for home brewing.
Nitin Ainapure, a Ham from Kolhapur who participated in the event said, “LARC is working really hard to organise such events and this convention is a platform for exchange of technology and to produce low-cost, home brew radio sets.” He added that Ham Radio is a basic system and irrespective of any weather, it will stay forever.
Students took part actively
“It was an amazing learning experience to see things which we study in syllabus and working with them in real,” said Naailah Zia, a B.Tech final year student. She added that the convention helped in learning to build things from scratch with sessions such as antenna analyzer workshop.
Akram Ahmed, a professor of the Muffakam Jah College said that 25 students participated in the convention and on Saturday they had also started a radio on their campus through a college Ham Radio Club.
LARC which has recently launched India’s first private satellite and also built low power multiband transceivers, through this annual meet is striving to keep amateur radio enthusiasts abreast with developments and breakthroughs in wireless technology.