A group of radio amateurs with a common goal of exchanging ideas pertaining to the latest development in amateur radio used to gather regularly at Lamakaan, a cultural centre at Hyderabad every few Sundays to begin with. Word spread out and more and more radio amateurs started flocking to this informal gathering and very soon a Radio Club was born. This was around the year 2011. When pondering over as to what to name the club and since, the get-together was being held at ‘Lamakaan’ the consensus was that the club be named as the Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club or LARC.
LARC’s founding President OM Rajan, VU2KNN (SK), was an avid homebrewer and a DXer who was very well known both in India and abroad. He was instrumental in helping the club take on a definitive role. He going Silent Key has left a void in our midst. We miss his guiding presence.
Many of the club’s members have carved a name for themselves and in doing so have catapulted the club internationally.
LARC’s past President OM Padmanabhan Cattamanchi, VU2PEP fondly called ‘Paddy’ has been an avid DXer and an elmer to most of us and is a very respected Ham in the international community.
OM Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, the author and designer of the world famous Bitx Radio Transceivers has been an inspiration to all. The radios that he designed (Bitx20, Bitx40, Bitx V3 to V6 and now the most coveted sBitx) has been riding the radio waves since the last two decades. His radios are being the most sought-after radios in the word today. He also holds the distinction of being inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the CQ Hall of Fame in 2018.
LARC, organizes a yearly event, the Lamakaan Annual Radio Convention usually held on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of December every year. Over the years this Radio Convention has become the mecca for all serious homebrewers.
LARC also publishes QSP, a quarterly journal that is available only to its members. As the journal is brought out by volunteers in their spare time, it may not always be possible to come out with all 4 editions during the year. QSP only publishes original articles of varying complexity, from simple test equipment, to fully functioning radios. If anyone has done something interesting, homebrewed a project or learnt something new, LARC would be interested to give it space in QSP.
Being a homebrewers club at heart, LARC focusses primarily on promoting amateur radio otherwise known as ‘Ham’ radio as a personal hobby, a sport and a relaxing pastime giving one the freedom to communicate with a wide range of people either through voice or through Morse code. At LARC the members are encouraged to experiment, build and operate radios and design antennas.
Depending on whatever amateur radio experience one has, LARC promotes the use of latest technology to contact people across the globe, compete in international competitions, and even help conduct demonstrations whenever and wherever possible.
Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club being a registered non-profit society is run entirely by volunteers to promote amateur radio and homebrew activity & particularly the science of radio communications.
Whether you have a license or not, everyone is welcome to the club.
Our membership is open to all people who are interested in radio and electronics.
Terms and Conditions:
LARC, that is, the Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club is a registered society. Its aim is to encourage promote amateur radio hobby and particularly the science of radio communications.
The membership fee of Rs.500 is chargeable for a period of one year starting from the time of receipt of the fee payment. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The meetings, activities of the LARC are restricted to only the members of the club.
Specific activities such as Annual convention, trips, field events, workshops etc may be charged for separately to cover the costs of such events.
The members are eligible to receive all copies of the quarterly journal of LARC – the QSP during one year’s membership.
The LARC being a purely volunteer driven organization cannot guarantee regular publication of the QSP. However, we try to publishing the QSP magazine as a quarterly.