Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state and was one of the summer retreats of Tippu Sultan. It is located just 16 km (till base) 24 km (top of the hill) from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bangalore. It is 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level. It is located in close proximity to the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport. Nandi Hills was popular with the British too, who built bungalows and laid out gardens here. Today of course, it is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends.
Hamfest India 2009 & Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) have organised a Field Day at this location on 27 & 28 June 2009 to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of BARC.
The club station VU2ARC will be active on 27 & 28 June from the field day location. The event commences from arrival of participants on Saturday from 2 pm onwards. There will be a welcome high-tea at 4.30 pm. Various technical and general activities have been planned for the evening for hams/SWLs and their families. Arrangement for Buffet dinner is made from 8 pm onwards. Sunday morning, there will be breakfast followed by some general activities. The event will conclude with lunch on Sunday afternoon.
Two HF Stations & One VHF Station are proposed to be operational from the location from Saturday morning till Sunday noon. The callsign will be VU2ARC/operator. Hams are encouraged to bring in their own equipment / stations to operate from the field day location. This is an ideal location for VHF hill-topping. Stations with beam antennas can try working long distance stations across south India from here.
The participation fee for this event is Rs.250/- per participant. Non-hams/SWLs & accompanying family members have to pay full fee. Children below 5 years of age are exempt from fee payment. The amount can be handed-over by cash to VU2JHM / VU3PKE / VU3VRL / VU2NTA / VU2LU / VU2FI / VU2GGM / VU2DKV / VU2YZ or can be sent by cheque in favour of "Hamfest India 2009" to the following address:
Hamfest India 2009
C/o Linux Learning Centre (P) Ltd.
No. 635, 6th Main Road, Adj. to Bank of India,
Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore 560019.
The accomodation for Saturday night is limited and will be allotted on first-come-first- serve basis on additional payment. Please contact VU3PKE:Kiran (9845056177) for accommodation details. The participants have to make their own arrangements for transport to reach and return from the location. Details of public transport (busses) is available from Ajoy VU2JHM (9845355773) .
You are encouraged to bring along with you, your family and friends and make this "BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day" a grand and successful event.
Member, Organising Committee
Hamfest India 2009