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December 23, 2014

WB Govt to use ham radio to issue warnings to fishermen

WB Govt to use ham radio to issue warnings to fishermen

The state government has taken an initiative to use amateur radio, popularly known as ham radio, to communicate warnings to fishermen engaged in deep sea fishing.

The fishermen may soon get new technology that can send them weather bulletin and save them from venturing into the deep sea during extreme weather condition.

Recently the regional meteorological department along with the state fisheries department organised a workshop at Digha to demonstrate the efficacy of ham radio with the help of a radio club that operates in the state and across the country.

Mr Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of West Bengal Radio Club, said they have already given live demonstration in the presence of officials from both the fisheries department and regional meteorological department.

Another senior officer of the fisheries department said that they have already applied for necessary clearances from Ministry of Communication and Information and Technology.