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AMSAT-INDIA promotes Amateur Radio & Satellite Communication at Science Carnival 2023 Gujarat India.

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  1. VU2EXP

    VU2EXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dear Hams,

    To celebrate Nationa
    l Day of India on February 28 one of the biggest Science Carnival 2023 was organised by Gujarat state - India at prestigious Science City Ahmedabad during 28th February to 4th March 2023.

    AMSAT-INDIA was specially invited to participate in this biggest scientific exhibition for mass awareness on Amateur Radio & Satellite Communication!

    001 Science Carnival 2023 venue at Science City Ahmedabad - India.jpg
    The biggest Science Carnival 2023 organised by Gujarat Science City Ahmedabad - India.
    Exhibitors group photo of Science Carnival. AMSAT-INDIA was represented by Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP and Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP.

    AMSAT-INDIA Regional Coordinator Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP & team member Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP did huge efforts to mass promote AMSAT activities amongst all sort of visitors which includes young kids, school-college students, budding engineers, IT Programmers, general public, professionals from various industries, scientists from renowned organization like ISRO, PRL, IPR, VSSE, ISR, officers from BSF, Police, Fire dept and citizens from every walk of life! More than 100,000 visitors were reported and grabbed opportunity to visit science carnival 2023 and our Science exhibition during 5 days.

    002 AMSAT-INDIA Stall Preparation Setup during Exhibition.jpg

    AMSAT-INDIA Stall preparation/setup at Science Carnival 2023.
    Attractive Poster and Banners, Satellite Antenna like Arrow II / Dual Band Yagi were displayed.
    Regional Coordinator - AMSAT-INDIA Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP and team member Sakshi VU3EXP.

    AMSAT-INDIA stall was spacious & decent sized of 3mx3m, it was big attraction at center of the Science Exhibition. With well prepared different informative Banners on AMSAT-INDIA, Various Satellite Activities, Amateur Radio Satellite chronology, ARISS Student outreach program, ARISS SSTV event, Question submission for our upcoming ARISS student outreach program etc was absolutely eye catching from distance.

    003 Professor BSF Budding Engineer Student Visitors of AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    Rajesh VU2EXP attend and answer various queries from BSF official.
    Features of Satellite Antenna were highlighted by Rajesh VU2EXP.
    YL Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP explain about Amateur Radio and it's application to the students group.
    Rajesh VU2EXP highlight use of tape measure antenna during Fox-hunt (ARDF) event to YL Students.

    For the curious visitors we tried to highlight every aspect of our hobby and exhibited all sorts of Radio stuff, Documents, QSL Cards, Books, Ham Licence, Awards, Project articles, Tracking software, SSTV software, SDR Software, Cube Satellite models etc to give bit idea of our hobby.

    004 Ham Operators visiting AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    1. GIAR Team members visited AMSAT-INDIA Stall at Science Carnival - LtoR: SWL Kiran, Sakshi VU3EXP,
    Rajesh VU2EXP, Pravinbhai Valera VU2CPV, Vitthhalbhai Ajmera VU3VDC, Asheshbhai Patel VU3APY.
    2. Dr. Jagdishbhai Pandya VU2JGI, Dr. Manoj Pandya VU2MJP, Rajesh VU2EXP
    3. Dr. S.P. Bhatnagar VU2SPF, Rajesh VU2EXP and Organiser Mr. Pulkesh Prajapati
    4. Indian Plasma Research Scientist Dr. Narendra Chauhan visited AMSAT-INDIA Stall.

    Experiencing various amateur radio gears, satellite antenna & test instruments were highly appreciated by visiting budding engineers from number of colleges at AMSAT-INDIA stall. Some of the stuff we displayed include; Dual band Arrow-II antenna, dual band Yagi, tape measure antenna, GP, Telescopic antenna for SDR, Radios includes Icom IC-705 with LiFePO4 battery pack, Kenwood VHF base, half dozen of VHF/UHF HTs, RTL-SDR setup, LDG ATU, NanoVNA, Morse Key, cw oscillator, Paddle, electronic keyer, SWR/Power meter, Cable, Connectors etc. It made our task easy to explain use of each stuff according to the visitors query.

    005 Engineering Students Police groups Visiting AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    Rajesh VU2EXP introduce Amateur Radio and various application amongst College Students, Police
    officials, budding Engineers. Lots of doubts were cleared by Rajesh VU2EXP.

    We came across various types of queries like how to be a Ham, Procedure to get license, Types of Amateur Radio satellites, operating modes, setting up ground station, how to receive ISS SSTV images, how to establish satellite contact etc. We did humble attempt to answer & satisfy all of those queries. We enjoyed very detailed discussion with students/group who already know about Amateur Radio and always need to learn more on Satellite Communication.

    006 Event organisor - BSF - Professor etc visiting AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    VIP Visitors at AMSAT-INDIA Booth: Science Carnival 2023 event organisor Dr. Vrajesh Parikh,
    ISRO/VSSE In-charge Mr. N. J. Bhatt, Dr. Bhatnagar ji (Retd. Prof. Bhavnagar University), BSF Official

    We also highlighted contribution of worldwide AMSAT organizations, IARU, ARISS, RSGB, ARRL and our ARSI & GIAR. I also mark a note on an author and my teacher Mr. Nagendra Vijay of popular Gujarati Science magazine named 'Scope' who did tremendous efforts to introduce Ham Radio in Gujarat (India) 40 years back and still continue to create awareness via it's leading Science magazine 'Safari', his stall was just after a row.

    007 Keen Student Group learning on CubeSat Amateur Radio etc at AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    Keen Student visitors learn on Radio events, Cube Satellite / Satellite Communication.
    Students were happy to gain knowledge and submit positive feedback.
    Rajesh VU2EXP giving VHF Demo to curious group of students.

    Our AMSAT-INDIA stall were visited by many well-wisher GIAR Ham friends including VU2CPV Pravinbhai, VU2JGI Jagdishbhai, VU2MJP Manojbhai, VU2SPF Bhatnagarji, VU3APY Asheshbhai, VU3VDC Vitthhalbhai, VU3GLY Priyesh, VU3WHO Snehal etc.

    008 Full of fun - exciting - curiocity found in young Kids Visiting AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    Young Kids and Students cheer up while having VHF demo.
    Hundreds of school visit daily in exhibition/science carnival 2023.

    It was great experience for us to spent whole 5 days enjoying to talk & explain on our favorite hobby Amateur Radio & Satellite Communication!

    We were happy to present amateur radio as scientific hobby & experimenting platform for diversified field and not just emergency communication tool!

    009 Sakshi and Rajesh responding young visitors at AMSAT-INDIA Stall.jpg
    Our team member Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP happily interact with young student and encourage them by
    sharing her experience of Live talking with Astronaut Sunita William aboard International Space Station.

    We tried to attract all age group students, may be some of them could be future Scientist or Astronaut!

    Lots of positive & appreciating feedback we received in visitor feedback book.

    We are thankful to Science Carnival 2023 Organiser Dr. Vrajesh Parikh, Pulkesh Prajapati, Dr. Narotam Sahoo & team for inviting us for this prestigious Science Carnival Exhibition. I also thanks our AMSAT-INDIA Secretary Mr Nitin Muttin VU3TYG, Director Educational B. A. Subramani VU2WMY, President Ramesh Ramsubbu VU2RMS & committee for complete guidance and support extended to us.

    I specially thanks team member Sakshi Vagadia VU3EXP & my XYL Kiran Vagadia to support and assist me all the time during 5 day exhibition.

    010 XYL Kiran - Closing Ceremony - AMSAT INDIA Certificate.jpg
    Brilliant support received from Kiran Vagadia (XYL of VU2EXP) at AMSAT-INDIA Stall.
    We had good discussion with Organiser Dr. Vrajesh Parikh and Co-participants N. J. Bhatt.
    There was memorable closing ceremony with lots of commitments from the organisers.
    AMSAT-INDIA was one of the most visited Stall in Science Carnival 2023 - Exhibition, Certificate of Appreciation was issued by Organisers.

    I am optimistic to see next generation taking keen interest in Amateur Radio & Satellites from VU Land.
    Thank you


    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
    Rajkot - Gujarat
    Regional Coordinator
    West India Zone,
    M: +91-9898283916
    Email: vu2exp (at) gmail (dot) com
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2023
    VK3UA, VU2JXN, M6EVR and 4 others like this.
  2. VU2DSI

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    Hats off for your the great work. Complements & congratulations.
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  3. K4BAD

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    Wow…very impressive display…I wish you continued success!
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  4. VU3APY

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    Nice work. Congratulations keep it continue.
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  5. VU2EXP

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    Thank you Dattaji VU2DSI for always supporting our AMSAT activities. You are one of our mentor from whom we learnt special event Activation and DX'ing!
    Thank you Sir.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
  6. VU2EXP

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    Thanks a ton dear Harry K4BAD for your kind compliments and boosting our confidence.
    It was first time we engaged with such large audience continuesly for 5 days! Me & my daughter fully enjoyed talking/explaining on all the topics of Radio & Satellites according to interest & query of audience.
    It proved best self-satisfying days of my life :)
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
  7. VU2EXP

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    Dear Ashesh Bro VU3APY,
    Thank you so much for visiting our stall with GIAR team as well as supporting our every activities. It would not been possible to have successful event without moral support of you all well-wishers GIAR friends. Was really nice time we LIVED during science carnival 2023.
    Thank you all for encouraging us.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
  8. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Noble Project to encourage Youth into Communications Science.
    Namaste ! :cool:
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  9. VU2EXP

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    Thank you G3SEA/KH6 for all your kind compliments, it was a small contribution of AMSAT-INDIA team to create mass awareness of our favourite hobby in the region.
    Thank you once again.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
  10. KN4YEM

    KN4YEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Awesome !!!
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  11. VU2EXP

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    Thank you Darrell.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
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  12. M6EVR

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    Congratulations , very nice to see
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  13. VU2EXP

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    Thank you Stephen for your kind compliments. Your profile on is just awesome - very impressive collection of radio / stuff you are owning.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
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  14. VU2DSI

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    Thank you. Keep it up
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  15. VU2EXP

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    Thank you Stephen for your kind compliments. Your profile on is just awesome - very impressive collection of radio / stuff you are owning.
    Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
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