The Theme of Hamfest India 2017 is 'Amateur Radio in India: Challenges, Potentials, Possibilities and New Dimensions'. You are invited to present your research work on the theme or one of the four subtopics or Amateur Radio in general for publication in Journal, regular presentation or poster session at the convention..

Please submit your abstract after Registering as a Delegate. The abstract should not exceed 500 word and should confirm to IEEE format. No other format will be accepted. 

Last date for submission of abstract: 10 September 2017.
Date of approval of abstract: 17 September 2017
Last date for submission of papers: 1 October 2017.

event highlights

Notice board: 

1. Please Submit Your Arrival Train / Flight Details here for easy pickup:
2. HFI2017 Contact Details: 
    Convenor: VU2HRF - 90888 88894 / 98364 45572 / 94330 55241
Chief Volunteer: VU2ZOC - 9831123833

    Accomodation Incharge: VU3CGT - 9831279155,

    Delegate Arrival Meet & Greet Assistance Volunteers:

    NSCBI Airport: VU3USH - 8584040812, VU2SKI -9830413667,
                             Special Facilitator - Asst. Airport Manager - VU3ZHN - 9432324467
    Howrah Station: VU2DLU - 9433110982, VU2SFM - 9674232776, VU2RZW - 9433708704,
                                 VU2KBB - 9433079555, VU3UEP - 7003173368

    Sealdah Station: VU3DBA - 9432348790, VU3SJR - 9733769721, VU3RXJ - 9433892809
    State Youth Hostel - Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium):
    Volunteers:VU2AES - 9163360648, VU2BBE - 8420956982, VU3DAH - 9804451082, 

    VU3OKT - 9830260792

3. Student Delegate Registration @ ₹ 250.00 per student available (without food and       
    accomodation. Please find the link to register at the bottom of this page:

4. Free Dormitory Accomodation for all Delegates who opts for it during registration. For others 
    who wishes to go for paid accomodation, please contact our authorised travel partner Trips
    & Tours
(Manager - VU2EGG) on +91 801 777 9999. Details Given alongside =====>>>

5. Toll Free Helpline number 1800-120-6191 provided for HAMFEST INDIA 2017 on 17.07.2017.

6. Call for Papers notice published on 30.06.2017

7. Call for Articles for Souvenir published on 01.07.2017

8. LOGO Design Competition Results Declered. CLICK HERE for more details.

9. Committees for HFI2017 Published. CLICK HERE for more details.

10. Railways Concession Details will be made available soon.

11. Postal Department to publish a HFI2017 Special Cover and My Stamp to mark theocassion.


On the theme and on Mobile Endorsement on 16/12/2017 & 17/12/2017. Details on Events Page.

kolkata tour

Free City Tour for all delegates on 15/12/2017 and 18/12/2017. Pre- Registration required.

student delegate registration:

Present students of Schools/Colleges/Universities can register as Delegate for HFI2017 

The Student Delegate List will be published on 15.12.2017

The Amateur Radio Convention and Conference Samity (ARCCS) - VU2GIN,

presents the HAMFEST INDIA 2017 in Kolkata.

Kolkata is the City of Joy..... And also the birthplace of Amateur Radio. Shri Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, the father of wireless communication, discovered and exhibited the existence of electromagnetic waves in the year 1894 in the Town Hall of Kolkata, in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Sir William Mackenzie. Lieutenant Governor Sir William Mackenzie watched and documented the demonstration by Shri Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose. This event was three years before the famous wireless experiment of Marconi in the year 1897. Also mentionable is the fact the first two amateur radio operators in India were from Kolkata. Shri Amarendra Chandra Gooptu (callsign 2JK) and Shri Mukul Bose (2HQ) got their amateur radio operator’s licence in 1921 and the first two-way ham radio communication in the country was done in Kolkata. (In 1929 the VU prefix came into effect in India). So Kolkata holds a special place in the history of Amateur Radio.

20 years have passed since the last HAMFEST that was held in Kolkata in 1996. This year we will try to give you our best so that you can remember it as the best HAMFEST ever.

The basic facilities offered by us this year:

•    Railway Concession for Registered Delegates. Please contact respective State Head Quarters of Bharat Scouts & Guides.
•    Free pick up / drop off from or to Rail Station / Airport.
•    Free Dormitory Accommodation to first 250 outstation HAM registrations. Now increased to all delegates opting for free dormitory accomodation.
•    Subsidised Paid Accommodation for the willing.. 
•    Free Breakfast / Lunch / Tea / Dinner (Excluding Networking Dinner).
•    Free entry into Science City at HAMFEST off hours.
•    Free sightseeing tour.
•    Personalised T-Shirts / Caps / Badges.
•    VHF base station, HF base station and VHF hand helds as prizes for various competitions.
•    Free Stalls to Home Brewers and Club Stations.

Our aim is to involve and engage all hams of India, from the very begining till the end. Hence, we have started with the HAMFEST INDIA 2017 Logo competition and many many more engadgements will follow. So please come back to this website regularly.

venue of hamfest india 2017:

Science City Convention Center
(National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Mini Auditorium, Seminar Halls and Food Court.

​J. B. S. Haldane Avenue, Kolkata 700046.

Scientific journal (IEEE)

Is being compiled and will be published shortly. Both the publications will be available in soft and hardcopy. The videos, photographs and minute by minute happenings of the event are available on the PROCEEDINGS page of this website.

Experience the hospitality of Kolkata


Free Breakfast, Mid Tea, Lunch, High Tea and Dinner on 16/12/2017 and 17/12/2017

Authorised travel agent:

For Paid Hotel Hotel Bookings and Paid Local Tours.

Regd. Office: Shop No. 8 & 13, Mezzanine Floor, Esplanade Metro Rail Station, Kolkata - 700069, West Bengal.

Telephone: 033-460-11099; 0-801-777-9999

WhatsApp: ​0-96749-55088

Manager: ​Shri Subrata Nayak - VU2EGG

Working Hours: 10:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs, Mon - Sat.

event proceedings &

call for papers


Participate in the many competitions like Logo Design, Eyeball, Quiz, Foxhunt etc.

flea market

Shop for junks at the exclusively arranged ham radio junks from all over the country and even abroad.

Theme:- 'Amateur Radio in India: Challenges, Potentials, Possibilities and New Dimensions'.

Technical workshops

On Echo Link, KiCAD PCB Design and many more.... Details updated on the Events Page. 

Call Today - Toll Free Helpline: 1800-120-6191
National Annual Convention of Amateur Radio Enthusiasts in India - 26th year, 16 - 17 December 2017

Special Call Signs: AU2HFI & 8T1HFI

FREE pick up

Free Pick Up of Delegates from Railway Stations / Airports on 15/12/2017 & 16/12/2017.

Free Accomodation

Free Dormitory Accomodation for all outstation registrations Ch. In 15/12/2017; Ch. Out 18/12/2017.


Explore, Participate & display your ham radio products. Limited number of free stalls available.

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