After continuous lobbying for the last four years, members of the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League – BARL had finally been able to make the concerned authorities understand the significance of Ham Radio Operators in a country with frequent natural disasters like floods and cyclones.
Three executive members of the BARL, Engr. Belayet Hossain Robin – S21RB, Dr. Zahidul Haque Shipon – S21VA and Saiful Huda – S21SH had a very fruitful meeting with the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission – BTRC on 19 July 2008.
Besides the Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission – BTRC, Major General Manzurul Alam (Retd) almost all the senior officials, engineers and technical experts of the authorities were present at the meeting.
At the onset of the meeting S21RB made a presentation highlighting the activities of the Amateur Radio Operators in Bangladesh since its activities started in this country. The BTRC Chairman gave a very patient hearing to the BARL team and during the nearly two hour meeting also assured to resolve the problems of different HAM issues and do all possible for the promotion of the scientific hobby in the country. As part of the latest development, the BTRC has decided to resume the process of issuing Amateur Radio Licenses and take examinations regularly every month. Examinees have to sit for the examination before a computer. The BTRC has also decided to formulate, for the first time, a time befitting Amateur Radio operating rules and regulations. Details of the examination are available on the BTRC www.btrc.gov.bd and BARL www.barl.org website.