April 25, 2016 at 09:01PM
Ham radio is the only mode of communication for polling and security personnel during the ongoing assembly polls in some remote corners of West Bengal which have been left untouched even by mobile phone towers. Armed with solar-powered batteries and ham radio handsets, a team of licensed ham radio operators were agents of last mile connectivity between North 24 Parganas district control room at Barasat and those on the field. "This is the first time that ham radio operators are being used in the election process to provide connectivity. We are very proud and are doing it free of cost as a service to the nation," Ambarish Nag Biswas of West Bengal Radio Club (amateur club), said. They have set up their equipments and infrastructure in 47 polling premises, each manned by a licensed amateur ham radio operator.