Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme

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Source-This post on Island On The Air (IOTA) Programme  has been created based on the article “ HAM Operators from Cyclone Shelters of Nachugunta Island, Andhra Pradesh, excel in Island On The Air (IOTA) Expedition” published in “PIB” on 25th February 2024.

Why in the news?

Recently, 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) expedition

1) About- IOTA, or Islands On The Air, is a pioneering programme that connects radio amateurs worldwide with stations on islands.

2) Established by- 1964.

3) Managed by- IOTA Ltd in collaboration with the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), categorizing islands into groups for communication.

4) Aim- It aimed at integrating HAM education in primary and secondary schools for widespread adoption and enhanced disaster response across the country.

About Amateur Radio (HAM Radio)

1) Amateur radio is a popular hobby involving the use of radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes.

2) HAM radio operators communicate using designated radio frequencies, engaging in diverse activities like contests, emergency communication support, experimentation, technical learning, and community engagement.

3) The hobby offers a unique blend of technical learning, community engagement, and global connectivity through radio waves, emphasizing innovation and service.

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