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Interesting article from ARRL Headquarters concerning efforts to improve the amateur licensing procedure in India. The Amateur Radio Society of India is trying to make it easier to obtain an Amateur Radio License in that country, “where excessive red tape is an accepted reality when dealing with government organizations. ARSI President Gopal Madhavan (VU2FMN) says the main stumbling block is the drawn-out “security clearance” that is done before a ham radio license is issued. Madhavan says that process can take “months and years”, because “the paperwork is (often) totally lost in transit between the various agencies.” The situation is rather sad, considering the help provided by Indian amateur radio operators during floods, tsunamis, religious festivals, and other natural/human disasters.

Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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