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My interest in Ham Radio started when I picked up an old 1969 edition of ARRL Handbook on a sidewalk old-bookstore on 10th March 1979 for Rs.3/- (about 5 cents). I was very curious to read about the transmitters and antennas but really never thought I could pursue this in India as the book was published by "American Radio Relay League". I thought that this hobby was only restricted to the developed countries mainly the US.

Further on, when I was in my second year of my Bachelor of Engineering studies in RVCE, Bangalore where I had a classmate by name Nanda Kumar. I happened to go to his home one day and find that his father was a ham. VU2WP, Rag, OM Raghavan, one of the veteran hams of Bangalore had some fabulous equipment including some to work on sstv mode on amateur radio. The second shack I saw in my life was of VU2GX, OM Girimaji, where I was taken by my college-mate and a good friend Phaniraj. This was probably in the same period that my interest in amateur radio grew deeper and I was trying to understand how to pursue this hobby and get an operating license.

Nearly 9 years later to my discovering the 1969 editon of the ARRL Handbook in the year 1978, I found a news-item in the local papers that a Ham was conducting training classes for someone to become a radio amateur. He was OM Nagesh, VU2NUD who was conducting training programmes for someone to pursue ham radio hobby and to attend the ASOC Exams (Ham radio qualifying exams). I joined this programme free of cost on the condition that I will be involved in training the future batches as a volunteer.

I got my first license (Grade II) almost within 6 months of my writing the exam. In April 1990, I was VU3KGR. My first ticket was issued on 16 April 1990, with the licence number 6369.

Subsequently in the year 1997, I upgraded (Advanced Grade) to VU2LU with the license no. 10458

When I got my first ticket in the year 1990, I was ready with a qrp cw transmitter (final transister-BD139, popular as VWN-Circuit) which was putting out about 4w on cw and a BC receiver with a Beat-Frequency oscillator to come on 40m. I had to make my first few mandatory contacts on CW to get a phone endorsement. I submitted this log to the authorities and then I was on CW and AM on 40M. My next addition to the shack was a QRO transmitter with 2 - 807 valves, which could go on CW and AM. I also got hold of a BC-348 WW-II receiver to work with this transmitter.

I imported my first commercial equipment, a VHF handy FT-26 on 5-8-1993. My first commercial HF rig was an used Side Band Engineers SBE-34 4-band only-ssb rig which I was on air with for about 4 years. Subsequently I got an used FT-890 which I still have till date, a very fine rig that I have used in all modes for a long time now.

Currently, I have been using a FT-897, IC756 Pro-II, ICOM-910, Kenwood TM-V71, Handheld Yaesu FT411E and a VX-8R handy. I also picked up a TS-480 Sat during my recent visit to Tokyo.

My antennas: Windom for 80 to 10m, 40-20 Inverted V Dipole with common feeder, Icom AH-700 discone antenna for VHF-UHF, Diamond X-520M VHF-UHF colinear antenna, Vertical antenna for 80-10 with SG-230 Smarttuner.

My next project will be to put up a homebrew 3-band, 6 element beam with which I aspire to work some decent Dx. I am pounded with severe power-line interference these days which is about 59+ 10db on most bands.

Membership

Life Member of the Amateur Radio Society of India
Served as a Governing Council Member from 2011 to 2013
Served in the Executive Committee as -
General Secretary of Amateur Radio Society of India for the following periods -

  • Interim Nomination: From 19th July 2013 to 13th September 2013
  • Elected, unopposed: 14th September 2013 to 26th September 2015
  • Elected, unopposed: 27th September 2015 till 19 August 2017

Treasurer of Amateur Radio Society of India -

  • Elected, unopposed: 20th August 2017 till date

Life Member of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club - VU2ARC
Served as a Governing Council Member from 17 November 1996 to 8 November 1997
Served in the Executive Committee as -
Vice President from 9 November 1997 to 12 December 1998
Vice President from 13 December 1998 to 12 February 2000
Vice President from 13 February 2000 to 6 February 2004
Served as a Governing Council Member from 8 July 2007 to 11 September 2010
Served in the Executive Committee as -
General Secretary of Bangalore Amateur Radio Club - VU2ARC for the period 12 September 2010 to 29 August 2015.

Life Member - Amsat India

Life Member - Indian Institute of Hams

Member - Repeater Society of Bangalore

Member since January 2009 - ARRL - American Radio Relay League

Member since February 2010 - RSGB - Radio Society of Great Britain

Expeditons:

With the callsign VU3KGR, was a part of the team of 8 members to activate AS-096, St Mary's Island in coastal Karnataka State during the 1st week of February 1992, lead by the late Nagesh, VU2NUD and VU2BMS/DL2GAC.

Team member - Part of the team which provided the communication for the India's 4th National Games in Bangalore and Mysore, from May 31 to June 11 1997.

Team member - Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India - Dxpedition with Callsign VU4AN from 18 to 25 April 2006, organized by NIAR.

Team member - International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) 15th to 24th Aug 2008, operating AT8LH from Mahabalipuram Light House, Tamil Nadu, South India.

Team member - The first VUFF operation at Bannerghatta National Park, VUFF-005, near Bangalore City from 01 to 07 October 2008 with the callsign AT8WFF. This station was setup coinciding the World Flora & Fauna Day.

Team member - Activating a Special Event Station, AT8FD at Yercaud, Shevaroy Hills, Salem District, Tamil Nadu, on 24 January 2009. The station was active from the location till 26 January 2009. Shevaroy Ham Meet was organised by the VU2TCD Repeater Group on 25 & 26 January 2009 at this location.

Team member - International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) 7th to 22th Aug 2010, operating VU0LH from Suratkal Light House, near Mangalore, South India.

Team member - Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India - Dxpedition with Callsign VU4PB from 15 to 30 March 2011, organized by ARSI.

Team Member - BARC Weekend Field Station, about 30 Kms South West of Bangalore city from 27 to 29 May 2011.

Team member - AT8VTM - International Museum Weekend/s Station set up at the Sir M. Visveswaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bangalore. from 17 to 27 June 2011.

Team member - VU9LHA - International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Station set up at the Alleppey Light House, Kerala, from 12 to 22 August 2011.

Team member - VU7M - International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Station set up at the Minicoy Light House, Minicoy, Lakshadweep Islands, from 16 to 23 August 2012.

Team member - AT13LH -  International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Station set up at the Pondicherry Light House, Pondicherry, 12 to 18 August 2013.

Team member - AT5RP -  International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Station set up at the Rameshwaram Light House, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, South India, 14 to 17 August 2014.

Team member - AT5K -  International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW) Station set up at the Kasargod Light House, Kasargod, Kerala, South India, 14 to 16 August 2015.

Participation in Events & Conferences:

Organizing Committee Member of the Hamfest India 1998 held in Bangalore, a National Festival of of Hams in India.

Organizing Committee Member of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Hamfest India 2009 during November 2009 held in Bangalore, a National Festival of of Hams in India.

Attended the 15th Conference of the IARU Region-3 from 5 to 9 November 2012 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an observer and as part of the Indian delegation comprising of the members from the Governing Council of the Indian IARU Member Society, Amateur Radio Society of India.
Nominated as the STARS-Task Force Member during the 15th Conference of the IARU Region-3 held at Ho Chi Minh city under Masayoshi Ebisawa, JA1DM, JARL, Convener and Katsumi Yamamoto, JA1CJP, Secretary.STARS***, an abbreviation for "Support of The Amateur Radio Service in Region", was formed at the 9th Conference held in Singapore in 1994.

Lead the delegation at the 16th Conference of the IARU Region-3 from 12 to 16 October 2015, at Bali, Indonesia, representing the Amateur Radio Society of India.

 

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