Gujarat has been faced with a number of natural calamities in the earlier years it was drought, which is still a highly existent in the state. Recently other than the drought Gujarat had to face one of the worst disasters the country saw in past 180 years the earthquake. Mother Nature spared none and the state was rocked like a cradle. The earthquake caused massive damage not only to life but property, communications, water, electricity all were down. In such times of need communications is a very important aspect in such times. The HAM radio is one such innovative device, which saved the day. The Gujarat Institute of Amateur Radio, which was recently established after the earthquake, has done a commendable job in the field of communications. They have been actively involved in the field and have saved the day.

1. The GIAR is on the verge of completion of their very own HAM based web-site. The web-site offers information on: What is a HAM radio, how to be a HAM, rules and regulations, detailed syllabus of the course offered, important forms that need to be filled pertaining to renewal of license, change of location etc. The directory of all the HAM members will be made available on the site too.
2. The GIAR also has a chapter in Ahmedabad functioning from the Community Science Center. At present there are 33 students undergoing training. The government has shown their interest in the activity of the organisation and two residential houses have been allocated to the organisation in Gandhinagar to further the club activities.
3. The institute also offers training to those interested and the first batch had 140 students attending the sessions out of which 77 appeared for their exams on May 27.
4. The GIAR will be launching a directory in the near future which will contain all the names and address of those HAM’s willing to offer their services to the state in times of emergencies and natural calamities or disasters.
5. They set up a HAM set at the Gujarat control room during the time of emergency and all the coastal states in Gujarat from Porbandar, Veraval, Surat, Bharuch, Valsad, Bhuj and Ahmedabad were linked with a HAM set each. Although the HAM sets are not permanent the GIAR has set up permanent antenas in these areas which will not be removed. The HAM sets will be taken in times of emergency only and will be able to establish connectivity to other places via the antenas.
6.The GIAR is on the verge of completion of their very own HAM based web-site. The web-site offers information on: What is a HAM radio, how to be a HAM, rules and regulations, detailed syllabus of the course offered, important forms that need to be filled pertaining to renewal of license, change of location etc. The directory of all the HAM members will be made available on the site too.

The GIAR is an institute that was a must need for the state with the kind of disasters that the state has had to face in the past. Though having been recently established it is better late than never.