Nalgonda: Debunking the myth that amateur radio operation is confined to cities, two teachers and 48 students of the Telangana State Model School in Gundlapally village, near Dindi reservoir, cleared the Amateur Station Operator Certificate (ASOC) restricted grade examination recently. The newly licensed amateur radio operators, popularly known as HAMs, are now planning to open an amateur radio club on the school premises, perhaps the first of its kind in a rural area in the State.
The licensed HAM operators will now be entitled to handle radio sets of Very High Frequency (VHF) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) or High Frequency (HF) and establish communication with other HAMs across the globe. The ASOC examination was conducted on the school premises by the officials of the Dept. of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communication & Information Technology. The Central government is expected to issue the licences to them in a week or so. Once the licences are received by them, they plan to approach the District Collector Gaurav Uppal for financial support for setting up a HAM radio club in their school.
Motivation by teacher
Motivation by the English teacher and scout master of the school, Sayed Jilani, encouraged 53 students studying in Class IX to Intermediate to take the examination. As a scout master, Jilani came to know from Venugopal, an employee in medical department, about the importance of HAM radios in emergency situations and calamities and decided to get a HAM radio licence. When he came to know that a very few persons have HAM radio licences, he decided to encourage some students to become hams. He selected 48 students to apply for the exam and along with him another teacher, Vijay Kumar, who also showed interest. With this, 55 candidates applied for restricted level of Amateur HAM Radio Station Operator Exam.
As the exam organizers set up a centre each for 20-30 applicants, they came and conducted the exam on the premises of Dindi Model School. Of the total 55 applicants, about 51 candidates took the exam and 48 students, including seven girls, came out with flying colours, in addition to the two teachers.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Sayed Jilani said that he downloaded the study material from Internet, and supplied it to the students for preparation. He said he would now apply for a license to start a HAM Radio Centre on the school premises. Hyderabad-based Lamakan Amateur Radio Club has come forwarded to provide a HAM radio set to them after knowing about their keen interest in the system. “After getting the licences, we would meet and request the District Collector for support from the government for setting up a Ham Radio Club in the school”. He said he would also try to get financial help from the MPLAD funds from the Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy.