(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme

(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme


Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme

  • A dedicated team of amateur radio operators (HAMs) embarked on a significant journey from the cyclone shelters of Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh, to participate in the Island on the Air (IOTA) expedition Programme.

About Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme:

  • It is a pioneering programme that connects radio amateurs worldwide with stations on islands.
  • It was established in 1964.
  • It is managed by IOTA Ltd in collaboration with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), categorising islands into groups for communication.

 Key Facts about Amateur Radio (HAM Radio)

  • Amateur radio is a popular hobby involving the use of radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes.
  • HAM radio operators communicate using designated radio frequencies, engaging in diverse activities like contests, emergency communication support, experimentation, technical learning, and community engagement.
  • The hobby offers a unique blend of technical learning, community engagement, and global connectivity through radio waves, emphasising innovation and service.
  • In India, as per the Indian Wireless Telegraphs (Amateur Service) Amendment Rules, 1984
  • ‘Amateur service’ means a service of self-training intercommunications and technical investigation carried on by Amateurs that is, by persons duly authorised under these rules interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.”
  • Any citizen of India who is above 12 years of age can become a ham by qualifying in the Amateurs Station Operators’ examination (ASO) and obtaining a valid Amateur wireless telegraph station licence.



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