HAM Get-togethers in India


'HAMFEST' is a festival of HAMs, the largest gathering of Indian HAMs in one place, conducted every year in different cities of India since 1991.  The main objective is to create an awareness of HAM RADIO along with the the new technological skills in the field of communication.

As most of us who have experienced the Hamfest will agree, that truly it has attracted Hams and would be Hams from all parts of the country to meet, exchange views, most exciting, the homebrewing and technical aspect of the hobby. Rather than discuss or promote certain individual society, club, association with vested interest while putting others down. We have seen, heard enough of petty politics at club & society levels being blown out of proportion on to national level, so let us put all this away and have one eyeball just to talk of the True Ham Radio.

Read the following lines and you will understand the true theme of HAMFESTS:
The basic concept of Hamfest has gone into oblivion with new twists & turns, so looking back at the history of Hamfest, most of us will remember that it all started in a very small way by a couple hams like VU2JIM, VU2JLX, and VU2JKV who co-ordinated to form the HI-NET ( Ham Information Net ) in Aug 1991 on 40 mtrs., with the basic idea of sharing Ham related information like homebrewing, exchanging technical notes, those difficult to find components, etc., which lead to the idea of organising a get together of needy & helpless Hams called the HAMFEST wherein all Hams would come individually irrespective of their club or society but collectively work for the Hamfest and with the spirit of the hobby.

Hence HAMFEST 91 was conceived to be held at Kuttikkanam near Kottayam in Kerala and the thought of a Ham Festival brought in a lot of inputs and support from all hams. Ham Radio Guild offered to completely sponsor the first Hamfest 91. As the years passed by the flame of the HAMFEST has moved on from Kuttikkanam 1991 thro’ Alwaye 1992, Salem 1993, Mysore 1994, Bombay 1995, Calcutta 1996, Cochin 1997, Bangalore 1998, Mysore 1999 and in the New Millenium to Hyderabad as Hamfest Y2K, making it a true national event by bringing in Hams / SWLs from all regions together.

I still remember that during my visit to Alwaye Hamfest in 92, I saw at the hombrew exhibits many hams practically winding RF chokes, modulation transformers, etc, etching BFO & VFO pcbs, wiring them on the spot and many needy hams benefited by sharing this kind of homebrewing at a common place, while at the Salem Hamfest in 93 there was a complete hombrew workshop to assemble a HF Tx/Rx being conducted.

Lastly we would all like to thank the promoters VU2JIM, VU2JLX, VU2JKV and all those individual hams, clubs, institutions and the respective General Convenors associated in conceiving the idea of HINET and HAMFEST making it an individual entity without encumbrances to any society or club.

So lets all hold hands together and take this wonderful Festival of Hams called the HAMFEST around to all regions of India, spreading the wonderful hobby of Ham Radio and improving the activity.

Best 73 " POP " VU2 POP

 Previous history

Year Place  Chairman - General Convenor  Call Sign
1991 Kuttikkanam OM. Joseph Mattappally VU2JIM
1992 Alwaye OM. K.N. Gopinathan VU2EGM
1993 Salem OM. K. Premchand VU2RPC
1994 Mysore OM. K.R.Madhukar VU2MUD
1995 Mumbai OM. Adolf Shepherd VU2AF
1996 Calcutta OM. Avinash Misra VU2EM
1997 Cochin OM. S. Suresh VU2SUO
1998 Bangalore OM. R. Ramachandra VU2RCR
1999 Mysore OM. M.T. Kesari VU2MTK
2000 Hyderabad OM.Chalam Chivukula  VU2CLM
2001 Nagpur OM.Shrikant Jichkar,Ex-M.P VU2SJA
2002 Chennai OM. A.V.M.Saravanan VU2MSS
2003 Gandhinagar OM.S.K.Nanda, I.A.S SWL
2004 Mumbai OM.Nilesh Rathod VU2NLF
2006 Kollam OM.K.G.Nadarajan VU2KGN
2007 Guntur OM.R.Sarath Babu VU3RSB
2008 Gandhinagar OM.E Radhakrishna, I.P.S VU3LRE
2009 Bengaluru OM.M.R. Sampath Kumar VU2YZ
2010 Pollachi OM.S.Vijayan VU2WDP
2011 Kochi OM.Jacob V Elias VU2ADV
2012 Chennai OM.K.M.Devadas VU2DH
2013 Gwalior OM.Jayant S. Bhide VU2JAU
2014 Hyderabad OM. Rajan VU2KNN
2015 Rajkot OM.S.K.Nanda, I.A.S SWL
2016 Mount Abu OM.Yashwant Patil VU2YOR
2017 Kolkata Amateur Radio Convention and Conference Samity VU2GIN

The world Amateur Radio Day is celebrated every year on 18th April to commemorate the formation of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on this day in 1925 at Paris. The QARL celebrates the event every year on 18th April or the nearest Sunday by conducting 'HAMFAIR' Quilon Amateur Radio League, Kollam – 691 001, Kerala, India. Website: www.vu2qar.com

'HAM EXPO' is conducted every year during August / September by Adur Amateur Radio Club, Mukalethu Matom, Adur - 691 523, Kerala, India.

Saying of Mother Saradadevi
Special Call Signs

Ministry of communication (WPC wing) decided to assign special call signs to all Indian HAM community to mark the celebrations,

  • Suffix '/C' to their call sign

  • from 2nd October 1995 to 17th November 1995 to coincide with 100 years of radio communication, major ITU events such as 'World Telecom Exhibition and Forum', 'World Radio Communication Assembly and World Radio Conference 95'
  • Suffix '/50' to their call sign

  • from 1 July 1997 to 30th September 1997 to coincide with celebrations of  the 50th year of Independence.
  • Prefix 'AT' instead of 'VU'

  • in December 1998 to coincide with a celebration of World Amateur Radio Centenary and Platinum Jubilee of Amateur Radio in India.
  • AT0ITU

  • VU2UR was granted with the above call sign from 17th May 1997 to 31st May 1997 and 5th July 1997 to 27th July 1997 for the IARU HF Championship contest.

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