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Island On the Air (IOTA) Programme

Why is it in the news?

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

About IOTA

  • Established in 1964, IOTA (Islands On The Air) is a pioneering programme connecting radio amateurs worldwide with stations on islands.
  • Managed by IOTA Ltd in collaboration with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), which categorizes islands into groups for communication purposes.
  • The aim of the IOTA expedition is to foster HAM education in primary and secondary schools for widespread adoption and enhanced disaster response across the country.

Amateur Radio (HAM Radio)

  • Amateur radio, commonly known as HAM radio, is a popular hobby that utilizes radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes.
  • HAM radio operators communicate using designated radio frequencies and engage in various activities such as contests, emergency communication support, experimentation, technical learning, and community engagement.
  • It provides a unique platform for technical learning related to radio communication, electronics, and antenna design.
  • It facilitates community engagement through local clubs, events, and emergency response networks.
  • Global Connectivity: Enables global connectivity through radio waves, fostering innovation and service-oriented communication.
  • Emergency Communication Support: Plays a crucial role in emergency communication support during disasters, as demonstrated by the HAM operators from Cyclone Shelters of Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh, in their participation in the IOTA expedition.

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