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RE: Amateur satellites and disasters...

I agree William, in India's case it is important they update their license 
regs, currently permission is required to move equipment out of the home QTH 
and just getting a license after you've past the exam can take 2 years. See 
below for email on current Amateur situation in India and how Indian hams 
are trying to change it.


Trevor M5AKA
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 23:55:10 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [EssexAmateurRadio] India Moves Towards 2 Tier Licence Structure

It looks like India is at last moving towards updating it's archaic 
structure. Indian Amateurs are plagued by unnecessary bureaucratic delays, 
can take well over a year just to get a licence even after passing the 
The bureaucratic barriers to becoming a Radio Amateur in India along with 
punative taxes imposed on importing transceivers accounts for why there are 
few Indian Amateurs in what is becoming one of the worlds most dynamic
economies with a large well educated urban population.

The current Indian licence application form seems like something out of the
1940's with the need the supply details of your fathers name and address, as 
that's relevant, full details of the equipment you intend to use including 
and Model of the Transmitter and Receiver. I don't think Transceivers had 
developed when the application form was devised. The application form has to 
signed by a witness and you need to get someone to provide a seperate
Nationality Declaration. Apparently a security clearance is required as 
The full Indian rules, regulations and forms can be seen at

The changes to the licence structure which include streamlining it to just 2
grades of licence can be seen at:

Below is a press release regarding a recent meeting between Indian Ministry
Officials and Amateur Organisations.

I know we all grumble about Ofcom but India proves there are even worse 
in the world than Ofcom.

73 Trevor M5AKA


In a significant move, the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Govt. of India,
convened a joint meeting of the different Ministries, Government Departments
and different Amateur Radio bodies in India on December 6.

The meeting which was held at the behest of the National Disaster Management
Wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs aimed at removing the bottlenecks of 
radio promotion in India and to bring up a 'National Roadmap' for ham radio

Brainstorming sessions on the following aspects were held:
(1) Amateur Radio in Education (School/College/Technical Institutes);
(2) Amateur Radio for Volunteer Groups under youth development schemes;
(3) Amateur Radio Promotion and related Legal/Security/Regulatory aspects.

The  Assistant Wireless Adviser to the Govt. of India, WPC Wing was also

It was informed consideration for an amendment of the Indian Wireless 
(Amateur Service) Rules is in the pipeline and there may be just two 
of ham radio licences in India, 'Restricted' and a 'General Grade' licence.

The meeting was convened and presided over by the Director, Ministry of Home
Affairs, who strongly felt that that the grievances of amateur radio
enthusiasts in India are genuine and that these attract serious attention. 
also expressed his feelings to do away with the age old rules & regulations
pertaining to ham radio in India.

In this regard, an elaborate report is submitted to the NDM (Home Ministry) 
VU2NCT club station of Vigyan Prasar, which is available at

>From: "William Leijenaar" <pe1rah@hotmail.com>
>To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Amateur satellites and disasters...
>Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 07:55:02 +0100
>Yesterday I seen the terrible news pictures of the earthquacke disaster in 
>Lots of places have no communication, and it still shows that amateur radio 
>can be very valuable in such situations, especially in these areas.
>The idea of the Indian HAMSAT was to see if amateur satellites can help in 
>such disasters, unfortunatly hamsat is still to be launched and can not be 
>of help this time :o(
>HAMSAT will be a LEO, it can only help a little but the value of a HEO like 
>AO40 would be tremendous in such a disaster. Altough S band is still not 
>very practical for disaster help like this, and in most of these areas it 
>is not available by amateurs in these regions.
>A HF,2m,70cm could help a lot more, but thats more a technical thing...
>Maybe it is a good opertunity to show (international) gouverments that ham 
>radio satellites can help a lot in such disasters. Just a HF uplink and 2m 
>downlink is enough. (no technical difficult, and expensive microwave stuff) 
>HF is all available in these areas, good for the uplink, and the 2m they 
>only need a small downconverter of a few dollars...
>This is one of the strongest things of our hobby,
>Besides we can use our radios to chat with all hams all around the world, 
>we can also save thousands of lifes...
>So lets tell the gouverments and make some more satellites,
>73 de PE1RAH,
>William Leijenaar
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