Amateur Radio Society of India
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|Amateur Radio Society of India|
|Purpose/focus||Advocacy, Education, Liaison|
|Main organ||Governing Council|
|Affiliations||International Amateur Radio Union|
The Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) is a national non-profit organization for amateur radio enthusiasts in India. ARSI is recognized by the Indian government under the provisions of Section 13 of the Indian Societies Registration Act (No. XXI of 1860) as amended and extended. ARSI operates a QSL bureau for those amateur radio operators in regular contact with amateur radio operators in other countries, and supports amateur radio operating awards and radio contests. The Amateur Radio Society of India represents the interests of Indian amateur radio operators before national and international regulatory authorities. ARSI is the national member society representing India in the International Amateur Radio Union.
The Amateur Radio Society of India has been instrumental in leading amateur radio DX-peditions to the remote island territories of India in the Indian Ocean. In December, 2004, a team of amateur radio operators embarked on an ARSI-organised DX-pedition to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The team was on the islands during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Following the earthquake and tsunami, the ARSI team began immediate amateur radio emergency communications from two stations on the islands, one at Port Blair and the other on Car Nicobar. These were the only effective communications from the territory to the rest of the world for 10 days following the disaster.