H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah receiving a sword from Dr Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Vice-President of Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS), at Al Rayyan Theatre yesterday. Sabaan Misma Al Jassim, General Secretay, QARS, was also present.(Kammutty VP)
BY RAYNALD C RIVERA
DOHA: H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, stressed the significant role amateur radio plays in the society during the opening of the Qatar international amateur radio festival yesterday at the Al Rayyan Theatre in Souq Waqif.
Al Attiyah, who is also the Chairman of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS), who are hosting the event for the first time in the Middle East addressed hundreds in the audience comprising officials of various amateur radio societies around the world and secondary students and boy scouts from Qatar.
“For developing countries amateur radio societies can promote technical expertise to help out in the local communities,” he said, adding amateur radio as a hobby has provided platform for training in electronics, broadcasting theories, and telecommunication techniques.
Al Attiyah also underscored the importance of amateur radio for special needs persons, giving them a good chance to keep in touch with the world.
“Amateur radio also responds very quickly in times of crisis and emergencies and provide support for telecom when ordinary channels of communications are not functional,” he said.
It is not surprising, he said, in an era of advanced technology that more people are joining amateur radio societies around the world with an increasing number of people seeking licences.
“That is why we as concerned bodies are giving support to further promote this hobby under the International Telecommunication Union,” he said.
This festival coincides during the National Day and as part of its participation to this important celebration QARS will set up five stations in the Corniche area the celebration will take place in addition to special stations at the QARS headquarters for sending and receiving message throughout the festival.
The stations are set to communicate National Day message around the world, using different frequencies to cover all continents. There will also be a mobile station on the Corniche for amateur radio to communicate to the world Qatar National Day and reflect the country’s achievements in various sectors that have been realised under the leadership of the Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The call sign assigned specially for the National Day is A71QND. Members of the QARS Board and some guests will also take part during the festival.
Yesterday’s opening event also featured presentations by experts which introduced amateur radio as a hobby and discussed the joint programme for international amateur radio societies and how to further strengthen their relations, among others.