Bangalore Amateur Radio being one of the oldest clubs, has been in the forefront when it comes to activities related to amateur radio are concerned. In order to keep up the spirit of Ham Radio, various activities are being taken up frequently. The members have also volunteered for many missions of disaster communication during tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Following broadly sums up the activities of the club.
AMATEUR RADIO DIRECTION FINDING (ARDF)
The best and the most sought after ARDF event by all hams of Bangalore and Dx Hams. Having successfully conducted 19 ARDF events so far, each year, these events bring the best out the Hams. Their ingenuity, homebrewing skills and their navigation skills are put to test. The joy of winning and the fellowship is what the participants look forward to.
The most gratifying part of Ham radio, these workshops immensely help you to design, build and test homebrew equipment. Be it a simple antenna, attenuator or a full-blown transceiver. You learn all of it in these workshops. Experienced mentors, knowledge-sharing fellow members all contribute to helping other amateur radio enthusiasts.
Fun-filled field days that are experimental in nature is the best way to bond with fellow hams and their families. Setting up an antenna, working the stations, having QSOs, technical knowledge exchange are all part of the learning. The open culture of the club is what brings the hams to our field days not just the local, even outstation hams too.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS (EMCOM)
When disaster strikes, and there is an entire communication break-down, this is when hams become the first line of communication, volunteering themselves for tough situations. Setting up the communication setup, establishing communication between various govt. agencies are what Hams are trained for. BARC members have been involved in many such disasters.
JAMBOREE ON THE AIR (JOTA)
Our association with the Scouts has been everlasting and each year BARC with Scouts conducts JOTA to enthuse the young scouts to have a conversation with other scouts across the world. Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is the amateur radio element of JOTA-JOTI, with Scouts all over the world speaking to each other by means of amateur radio.
Not to lose an opportunity on special events, BARC regularly obtains special call-signs to commemorate the event with making contacts with other fellow hams across the world using the call-sign. These become treasured log entries in any amateur radio operator’s call book. Exchanging QSL cards with other hams for the special event QSOs is a pleasant experience.