Amateur Radio, popularly known as HAM Radio, is a scientific hobby of wireless communication. It is a hobby of self-training, intercommunication, and investigation in worldwide radio communications by means of private two-way radio conducted by a duly authorized person without any pecuniary interest. It simply means that amateur radio operator tinkers around or play with radios and in the process develop skills and knowledge of electronics and telecommunications. Amateur Radio in India is controlled by the Ministry of Communication, Government of India.

This hobby has been in existence right from the days when Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose (and later Marconi) demonstrated to the unbelieving world that it was possible to instantaneously send a message from one place to another without the use of wires and thus was born “wireless” communication that we take for granted today.

Even though Amateur Radio is essentially a hobby, HAMs perform public services during emergencies and disasters like the Bhopal Gas tragedy, Orissa Super Cyclone, flood and earthquakes in Latur and Gujrat, Tsunamis, the recent cloudburst at Uttarakhand and earthquake at Nepal. HAMs are usually the first on the scene to set up their radio stations to help the administration by providing highly reliable radio networks.

The Assembly of God Church School Amateur Radio Club prepares its member students for the ‘Amateur Station Operators’ Certificate’ (ASOC) Examination conducted by the WPC Wing, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. On clearing the ASOC Examination, the Amateur Radio Station License is issued by the government empowering the examinee to operate Amateur Radio Station. The training comprises of theory and practical project work involving electronics and technology.

The member students are presently being prepared for the ARISS program, detailed below:

Amateur Radio on International Space Station (ARISS) Program:

Students of the AGCS Amateur Radio Club are getting ready to talk directly with the astronauts on board International Space Station in 2019 under the ARISS project of NASA.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio.

Amateur Radio organizations, and space agencies in the USA, Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between the crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. Hundreds of Amateur Radio operators around the world work behind the scenes to make these educational experiences possible. Amateur Radio is a popular hobby and a service in which licensed participants operate communications equipment with a deep appreciation of the radio art.

The Assembly of God Church School Amateur Radio Club is managed by Amateur Radio Convention and Conference Samity (ARCCS – VU2GIN).

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