BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day at Nandi Hills.
Hamfest India 2009 & Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) organised a Field Day at Nandi Hills on 27 & 28 June 2009 to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of BARC.
Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state and was one of the summer retreats of Tippu Sultan. It is located just 16 km (till base) 24 km (top of the hill) from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bangalore. It is 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level. It is located in close proximity to the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport. Nandi Hills was popular with the British too, who built bungalows and laid out gardens here. Today of course, it is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends.
The event commenced from arrival of participants on Saturday from 2 pm onwards. There was a welcome high-tea at 4.30 pm.
The event was inaugurated by District Commissioner of Chickballapur at 7,00 pm on Saturday. The DC showed a great deal of interest in ham activities, specially in disaster management and relief related activities. There was a demo and presentation regarding ham radio to the Chief Guest and the audience.
One HF Stations was active for short duration due to limited propagation from the location on Saturday night. The callsign used was VU2ARC/operator.
About 50 hams and swls participated in this event in all age groups. The event concluded with lunch on Sunday afternoon.