Ham radio activists came for help during the Bhopal gas tragedy.
They also helped the administration in the last Lok Sabha elections in Morena and a religious festival at Pachmarhi.
These ham radio activists provide relief when other modes of communications fail.
“I am stuck to my radio set for last one week and have been exchanging information and providing help to the quake victims in Nepal,” said Rakesh Mishra, amateur ham radio operator from Bhopal while talking to HT.
Mishra said that he had been receiving 100 to 150 calls per day inquiring about their relatives stuck in Nepal.
He told HT that ham operators in Nepal went to the ground after getting inputs from him and shared the information and images through WhatsApp.
Ham radio operator Satish in Kathmandu, whose call sign is 9N1AA, had been of great help in establishing and verifying information about Indians stuck there.
“Satish’s house too got damaged in the quake but salute to his spirit that he continued his operations from a camp outside his house,” said Mishra.
He came to know that supply of power banks to Nepal would be of great help to communicate as there was no electricity there.
A ham operator from Bengaluru offered 100 power banks with the help of his friends which were sent to Nepal.
“Today there was demand for 200 body-bags from a place called Rasua,” said Mishra with a heavy voice.
A ham operator in Kerala arranged it with the help of Kerala police, added Mishra.
“We are coordinating with five ham operators, two are stationed in Kathmandu while others are moving to different areas and updating us from the ground,” said Shubham Tiwari, another ham enthusiast.
He said that along with his friends, he had assisted the district administration in Morena during the last Lok Sabha elections.
“There were some dark zones in Morena where other communication channels failed.
Ham radio came to the rescue and helped the district administration in communication and updating them about various movements during the polls,” said Tiwari.
Similarly, they also assisted the district administration in organising Shanichara Mela at Chauragarh in Pachmarhi - a dense mountain area in the Satpura ranges.
“We assisted the police and also accompanied doctors to establish effective communication,” said Tiwari.
“We want more people to become ham radio operators,” said M Sharan, the first ham radio operator of Bhopal.
“It helps in emergencies, disasters apart from building international friends,” added Sharan.