Amateur (Ham) Radio operation at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) Lighthouses [WLOL IND 016 (also IND 011)] of Kancheepuram District for the first time in India's History that too starting with International Lighthouse and Lightship Week (end) from 15th August to 24th August 2008 is licenced by Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology vide L-14011/640/2008-AMT Dated 14-7-2008, Permission to utilise the Lighthouse is accorded by the Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Government of India is received vide Letter No.1/7/2005-D&P Dated 19th March 2008.
Archeological Survey of India vide F.No.17/33/2008-M Dated 14th Aug 2008 has also permitted for this ILLW.
Photograph on this website shows WLOL IND016 and WLOL IND011 where our Dipole antenna for AT8LH was tied between both Lighthouses !!!
Mahabalipuram (Mamballapuram) is UNESCO's World Heritage Sites with history of being a celebrated port city (Malange) in First Century AD as mentiond by Greek navigator - "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea" and during the 2004 Tsunami an ancient port city and parts of a temple built in 7th Century was uncovered thus Archaeological Survey of India sent divers to begin underwater excavation more links for history and photos.
The following dedicated Amateur Radio volunteers have come forward to make this historical event.
VU2UR - Arasu (ARLHS # 1578) ; VU2LX - Lakshman ; VU2YZ - Sampath ; VU2GUR - Gururaj ; VU2INA - Inarappan ; VU2CDP - Deepak ; VU3CPE -Vimal Laxman ; VU2KBX - Anna ; VU3VHK -Hari ; VU2VIT - Vittal ; Venkataram - VU2BVM ; VU2VTK - Sharadha ; VU2LU - Ramesh ; VU3ITI - Varadhan ; Lion Ajoy VU2JHM (ARLHS # 1571) and many more.
This activity is to commemorate The Bangalore Amateur Radio Club - VU2ARC celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2009 and few HF equipments are borrowed from Lions Clubs International Amateur Radio Club Station - VU2LCI