A “Field Day” is an opportunity for the amateur radio operators, also known as ham operators, to test their skills in setting up antennas and establishing communication links with the outside world using RF and VHF bands
Hyderabad: The amateur radio community in Hyderabad organized a “Field Day” on Wednesday on a hill near the village of Koheda on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
A “field day” is an opportunity for the amateur radio operators, also known as ham operators, to test their skills in setting up antennas and establishing communication links with the outside world on radio frequency (RF) and very radio frequency (VHF) bands. In the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes, heavy rainfall or earthquakes, the communication systems such as the telephone or cell phone systems are first disrupted.
In such scenarios, it is the Ham Operator community that is rushing to reestablish communications links so that government agencies can begin rescue operations, as has been seen with natural disasters around the world.
The hill, with an Anjaneya Swamy temple and police repeater station, was full of activity as nearly two dozen ham operators gathered with their state-of-the-art wireless communications equipment ranging from the latest iCom-705 VHF, HF and UHF radios to Farhan’s , VU2ESE, launched Micro-Bitx HF device from HF Signals.
Field Day is an opportunity for ham operators to check their readiness to erect the antenna and use communication equipment with all possible sources of power, such as a battery from a car. From the inverted V dipole antennas to the most advanced hex-beam antenna, the ham operators went live with the wireless devices, exchanging courtesies and critical reports with other ham operators in the country and world.
Basically, a Field Day concept is to prove how efficient you are with the equipment and support available. Such exercises help ham operators plan emergencies. During such a field day you are ready to establish a communication link between two points without any infrastructural support, Internet, electricity, how to establish communication between two points, emphasizes Ashar Farhan, VU2ESE. Farhan, a Hyderabad, is the designer of the most popular microBitx HF radio.
“A field day at this place where there is no interference is an opportunity to present the self-brewed devices. More about field days gives us the opportunity to learn new things, ”says V. Shivaramakrishnan, VU3SFE. Shiva Ramakrishnan is a chef by profession.
“Field Day is an opportunity to test skills to establish real-time communication with devices with limited and low power consumption in disaster situations,” confirms K. Nagasainath, VU2TJF, a BTech student.
“It is an opportunity to show skills that have been acquired after careful practice. There are obstacles here, such as who is a junior or a senior, ”says Dr. R. Rajasekhar, VU2HMY, Consultant for the Aquaculture Industry.
Here you practice with a makeshift antenna outside the comfort of living and work on the available facilities. This is more of an emergency practice to work with what is available. Above all, it’s teamwork, ”says V. Kishore, VU3ONG, an engineer by profession.
Rachakonda commissioner M. Mahesh Bhagwat and police from Abdullapurmet Station gave the ham operators all possible help.
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