1) What is D.A.R.E.S.?
Ans: DARES is Mumbai based non-profit, non-revenue generating, non-commercial, voluntary organisation founded & registered by few Amateur Radio Operators of Mumbai to serve & work hand in hand with the Government agencies by providing wireless communication links to the communication affected areas during a natural or a man made disasters using the Ham Radio Network. D.A.R.E.S. presently serves the Mumbai Police, Maharashtra State Disaster Management Cell and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
2) What is Ham Radio or Amateur Radio?
Ans: Amateur Radio or more popularly known as Ham Radio in India, is a century old hobby of electronics and radio communication enthusiasts who communicate with their fellow Hams in the city, country and even Globally, using their wireless radio equipment’s. In India one has to pass a exam called the A.O.S.C. exam conducted by the Wireless Planning & Coordination wing of the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.
3) How can I become a Ham? Who can become a Ham?
Ans: Any Individual can become a ham in India who is above 12 years of age after qualifying in Amateur Station Operators Certificate ( ASOC ) examination.
4) How can I join D.A.R.E.S.? What is the qualification criteria ? How much will it cost me?
Ans: You can join D.A.R.E.S. by sending us an email on email@example.com and expressing your interest. There is no such specific educational qualification criteria needs to be fulfilled to join DARES. Any one can became a ordinary member of DARES by fulfilling basic joining formalities and upon approval from the committee , by paying just one time registration charges of Rs.500 and annual fees of Rs.100 i.e. 600 Rs.
5) How much time will it take to become a Ham? How much will it cost me?
Ans: Usually Ham Radio classes takes around 30-50 Hours time to teach Basic Electronics, Rules and Regulations and Morse Code and it varies from class to class. After completion of course, one has to appear for Examination conducted by W.P.C. and on clearing the examination , we need to wait for License by fulfilling the requisite formalities. All the process now a days take approximate 8 to 12 months time. Normal course fee of various Ham Classes are between 3500 to 5000 and keeps on varying.
6) What skills or qualities should one have to become a Ham?
Ans: No special qualities or skill is required to be a Ham. You need not be from electronic back ground or an engineer. One who has a keen interest in learning and experimenting in the field of wireless communication can became a Ham.
7) Will I get paid for offering this service?
Ans: No. D.A.R.E.S. is a non profit, non revenue generating society and we all work here voluntarily without any kind of expectation of pecuniary benefit out of Ham hobby or our services.
8) Who should not become a Ham ? Who should not join D.A.R.E.S.
Ans: If you are looking for some kind of monetary benefit out of hobby in any manner or you are passionate about walkie talkie and just thinking to hang around with carrying walkie talkie, its not for you. ( Using wireless equipment without proper license and not following guidelines of usage, is illegal by law.) If you do not have any inner flare to serve the society , without any monetary benefit and you are not committed to give enough time, you should not join DARES. DARES is committed to provide wireless communication link to the GoM and others authorities at the time of disaster,for the benefit of mankind, leaving all other routine priority aside,hence commitment is must.
9) What is the organisation chart?
Ans: DARES is a Non Profit registered Society and details of our Founder Members cum Managing Committee Members are available under WhosWho page on our website. Further, as being a Voluntary service provider but committed to our aim of serving nation and mankind professionally, we have certain Internal posts like Chief Commanding officers,Dy. Commanding officers, Radio Officers , Station Heads, Volunteers etc to carry out routine work and to handle different portfolios efficiently and effectively.
10) I wish to donate to D.A.R.E.S., What is the procedure?
Ans: You can donate us either by Cheque/Demand Draft in the name of Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services ( D.A.R.E.S. ) and courier the same to our H.O. or alternately you can send us donations online in our bank accounts. For more details, we request you to go through our Donation page on the website.
11) What are the benefits that I will get out of doing this voluntary service?
Ans: Self Satisfaction – of returning something to the society and mankind and a happiness to be a part of emergency operations which will definitely saves many lives at the time of actual disaster. Apart from that you will remain attached to the hobby closely and updated with the latest technology. You will be taking part in various regular activities like Scramble Team Exercise and many more.
12) When can i get to wear the uniform and identity card of D.A.R.E.S.
Ans: Express your interest to be a part of DARES via mail. Follow the process intimated to you via mail. Later clear PI and once you get selected you will be allotted the same depending on your commitment level, willingness to help at the time of disaster and task you are able to handle.
13) What should I not do after I join D.A.R.E.S.?
Ans: Misuse of your Identity as a D.A.R.E.S. member in any manner and do not break the commitments on which you decided to be a part of DARES.
14) What is expected from you after you join D.A.R.E.S.?
Ans: Commitment, Time. Full commitment is expected from the members,though we are providing voluntary services without any monetary benefit to government agencies. We can not back out and disaster never warn us in advance. Hence, you should be taking part regularly in meetings, training sessions, mock drills and field trips and keep your self updated and ready for handling any task.
15) How is D.A.R.E.S. different from other Ham radio clubs?
Ans: D.A.R.E.S. is established with the sole intention of Providing Wireless Communication to the Government authorities at the time of Disaster and whenever there is an emergency situation or threat of disruption of communication lines upon call from GoM and other agencies like Police and M.C.G.M. Many clubs are pursuing many other aspects of Ham Radio where as we focus only on organised, one point contact center for Government for their support at the time of disaster or emergency situation or threat of communication failure.
16) How can I contribute to D.A.R.E.S.?
Ans: You can be a Member,Ham and participate with your field of expertise and can help DARES in various way, where you think you are fit or we evaluate. You can also contribute DARES by helping us getting space,equipment and fund from your sources.
17) Does D.A.R.E.S. give any training to its members? What kind of training is given?
Ans: Yes. Every member ( Ham or Non Ham ) has to undergo training course about Amateur Radio Emergency Communication as given under training page on the website. Need to be a Ham also, if you are not and still want to join the DARES for serving mankind and your passion. Also will be trained for handling emergency situation by making you a part of scramble team exercise and field trips.
18) I stay away from Mumbai / Maharashtra, but wish to join D.A.R.E.S. how can i join?
Ans: We are looking to establish DARES presence through out 36 districts of Maharashtra and you as a Individual or a group of Ham Friends or a Club can join us. We will be setting up EOC with GoM in near future at various places. Just contact us for further process via mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
19) Can an Existing Ham or a Ham Radio club join or associate with D.A.R.E.S.? How?
Ans: Yes. Existing Ham and Clubs are most welcome to join the DARES. For further details please contact us via mail on email@example.com
20) In days of Whatsapp, Facebook , Email why is Ham Radio Still Important?
Ans: “When everything else fails , Ham Radio Works” – In this modern era, telephone network get jammed or disrupted during unforeseen circumstances, heavy rain n floods , earthquake or you can say during Natural or Man made disasters and at that time there is no other way of communication remain to know the situation at disaster affected site. Trained Ham Operator and their team can set up their station within no time with the limited resources they have by reaching at the affected site risking their lives just to establish immediate contact to their counter part who set up a stations at various locations with the respective govt. authorities, to give real time scenario and to pass on emergency messages for stuff like medicine,material,food etc so that govt. can handle the situation very effectively and save many lives.
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