A news item published in The Times of India (Bangalore Edition).
Sunday, October 4, 1998
ISRO willing to offer HAM radio services
BANGALORE: Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K.Kasturiragan said on Saturday that ISRO could offer amateur HAM radio services on its satellites if there is sufficient enthusiasm for the hobby.
Inaugurating Hamfest India '98, the annual conference of HAM radio enthusiasts in the country, he said nearly 20 foreign satellites in the orbit today offer HAM radio services around the world.
He released the Hamfest souvenir and a special Hamfest postal cover and cancellation, marking 'Friendship through communication.'
Major Charanjit Singh, Principal Bangalore Military School, who was the guest of honour, called for the simplification of licence procedures.