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Global Ham Radio Operators Meet in Andamans

Andaman Island to Host Global Ham Radio Operators Meet

Experts and enthusiasts of amateur radio communications from at least five countries will participate in an international conference beginning March 6 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Hamtech 2015 HAMTECH-2015, organized by the National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, with support from India's department of electronics and information technology, would be held March 6-7 in Port Blair.

"So far we have received confirmation from experts from Germany, US, Switzerland, Nepal, and Bangladesh," said a spokesperson of the organisers.

The conference aims to discuss, deliberate and brainstorm on various issues concerning policy, technology, best practices in emergency communications, and sustainable development models for implementation and their returns in terms of socio-economic development, said a statement from the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club).

Some of the key areas which would be covered include amateur radio for education, empowerment and skill development, amateur radio satellites, and disaster management applications of ham radio.

In addition, interdisciplinary aspects of amateur radio communications such as display and demonstrate on voice, Morse code, visual, internet-related and digital communication technologies would also be showcased.

"It (conference) will highlight the level of competence among hams in the areas of electronics, communications and information technology that can be utilised for economic and scientific development of our country, and also for disaster management," said the release.

 

16x2 LCD Display Pin-Outs

LCD Pin Out

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen is an electronic display module and find a wide range of applications. A 16x2 LCD display is very basic module and is very commonly used in various devices and circuits. These modules are preferred over seven segments and other multi segment LEDs. The reasons being: LCDs are economical; easily 16x2 LCD Pin Configurationprogrammable; have no limitation of displaying special & even custom characters (unlike in seven segments), animations and so on.

A 16x2 LCD means it can display 16 characters per line and there are 2 such lines. In this LCD each character is displayed in 5x7 pixel matrix. This LCD has two registers, namely, Command and Data.

The command register stores the command instructions given to the LCD. A command is an instruction given to LCD to do a predefined task like initializing it, clearing its screen, setting the cursor position, controlling display etc. The data register stores the data to be displayed on the LCD. The data is the ASCII value of the character to be displayed on the LCD.

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Telegrams - No more!

End of Telegram Service in India

Modern technology marvels in form of SmartPhones, Emails, SMSs have rung in death bells for telegraphy service in India as the BSNL in an official circular have decided to relegate Telegraphy services to annals of history. India is not the only country to discontinue the service of telegraphy. Nepal Telecom Telegram closed its telegram service on 1 January 2009, while in Australia, Australia Post closed its telegram service on 7 March 2011.

 

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QRZ India Hams Search Engine

QRZ Search for India HAMS

Dear friends,

My own attempt at qrz for Indian ham radio operators is live on http://qrz.vu2.in Only Indian callsigns for now and in the process to continously improve as I would get time in days ahead on weekends.

Dec 21 Update: VUHAMS QRZ Search Engine is holding up good and the inital part of setting up the frontend and backend database has been tested few times and it is working!!!! We have about 5000 VUHAMS Callsigns stored and should you find that your callsign is not showing up, you would be redirected to a form to enter your details.

Request all OM/YL to use it, also should you want to leave your signature anywhere ... you may use http://qrz.vu2.in/db/<YOUR CALLSIGN> to share the details, For example for myself I would use http://qrz.vu2.in/db/VU2GTI as the link to give details.

Look forward to your participation and cooperation - and your feedback too!!!

73
VU2GTI

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End of Telegram Service in India

Modern technology marvels in form of SmartPhones, Emails, SMSs have rung in death bells for telegraphy service in India as the BSNL in an official circular have decided to relegate Telegraphy services to annals of history. India is not the only country to discontinue the service of telegraphy. Nepal Telecom closed its telegram service on 1 January 2009, while in Australia, Australia Post closed its telegram service on 7 March 2011.