JNA Wireless Association
name= JNA Wireless Association
Nana Chowk, Mumbai, India
secretary= Sudhir Sha
JNA Wireless Association is an
amateur radioorganization based in Mumbai(formerly Bombay) in India. JNA was founded in 1988 in memory of late avid amateur radio operator, Jamshed N. Anklesaria (callsign: VU2JNA) who died in 1987. The organization, currently headed by Sudhir Sha (VU2) conducts classes and organizes scramble teams to tackle disasters.
The organization was formed in 1988, in memory of Jamshed N. Anklesaria who died after suffering a heart-attack in 1987. Anklesaria was a bachelor who invested much of his time
amateur radio, and radio equipment. After his death, instead of selling off the equipment, Anklesaria's brother requested current secretary, to perpetuate Jamshed's memory. Sha, along with P Venkatraman and a few others then started the JNA Wireless Association with the equipment donated by Jamshed's brother. The JNA has since then organized several classes and handled disasters around the city.
JNA has been conducting amateur radio classes in Mumbai for over ten years. After a brief lull, JNA restarted its amateur radio classes in 2008, with two batches held at
Malabar Hilland Vile Parle.
JNA has its own dedicated 70-member scrambler team and has a long history in handling disaster management. In 1993, JNA set up the first communication station at
Killari, the epicenter of the 1993 Latur earthquakethat killed 8,000. Headed by Sudhir Sha, JNA provided live communication between Killari and the state headquarters at Mantralayain Mumbai. It broadcast messages relating to the extent of damage, extent of the calamity, and other life-saving messages.cite web|url= http://www.indianmuslims.info/?q=book/export/html/2167 |title= Ham radio operators to keep Mumbai civic body in tune|accessdate= 2008-06-18|author= Probir Pramanik|date= 2006-07-10|work=Indian Muslim News and Information]
In 2008, the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) included JNA as part of its disaster managementoperations to provide emergency communication support during the monsoonsto provide live updates on the flooding situation in the city. Five stations were set up at Nana Chowk, Milan Subway, Kalina, Santacruz, and Chemburand were linked up to the main control centre at the BMC headquarters at Fort. In addition, another station, manned by Sha was set up at Malabar Hill with the help of the Malabar Hill Residents Association.cite web|url= http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080051898&ch=6/3/2008%207:16:00%20PM |title= HAM radio: Mumbai's new troubleshooter|accessdate= 2008-06-18|author= Samriti Grover|date= 2008-06-03|work= NDTV]
Amateur radio in India
Mumbai Amateur Radio Society
*http://members.tripod.com/~VU2JNA/ – Official website
* [http://gyanyoga.com/ngocouncil/ngocouncil_1874.htm JNA BMC - MOM of 16th June 2006 meeting] – setting up of JNA stations.
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