World Amateur Radio Day was celebrated around the world on April 18.
It is with great pleasure that I greet my Malaysian amateur radio colleagues. Amateur radio or affectionately known as ham radio is a popular activity and service across the world.
Whenever I have mentioned that I am an amateur radio operator, some young friends that I meet are vaguely familiar with the concept while others are completely confused and tell me that they have never heard of such a thing. .
It all started when I was in a taxi as a kid and seeing how the taxi driver operated his two-way mobile platform installed in his vehicle.
I then took this fascination with amateur radio a step further by passing my amateur radio exam organized by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission, and finally got my Amateur Radio Operator’s license wearing the call sign 9W2 KYU.
Now, amateur radio is not just a hobby. He has greatly assisted in the communications arena, particularly in search and rescue operations.
I know of some amateur radio clubs such as the Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Mares) which has assisted with emergency radio communications during several major disasters in the country.
I urge the public to get involved in the world of amateur radio. Get in touch with enthusiast clubs such as the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society and Mares, and get acquainted with the different types of radio equipment.
Amateur radio could lose its appeal. However, I urge everyone not to let the “old devotees” disappear into the setting sun. This, as a ham radio, really goes beyond a hobby.
The slogan “Amateur radio works, when all else fails” will always ring true when needed.
Yes Ming Liong
Malaysian amateur radio, call sign 9W2 KYU