Tom K. Jose, VU2TO
I grew up in an ecosystem surrounded by Amateur Radio operators as both of my parents Jose, VU2JOS and Lissy VU3LMS work at National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR). Having seen them making contacts, I got inspired to join this hobby and worked towards getting my license at a young age of 13 years with the callsign VU3TMO (Restricted Grade) in 2011 and upgraded to VU2TO (General Grade) in 2015. I am a 3rd generation ham, my grandfather is Cheeku, VU2ACN.
I have participated in numerous contests from NIAR club station and received operating achievement from CQ USA, RSGB Great Britain, DARC Germany, JARL Japan, ARI Italy, IARC Israel, Australia, France, Poland, Ukraine, India and so on. I was awarded the prestigious ARRL Diamond DXCC Award when I was 14 years old in 2012 for contacting more than 100 countries in that year.
My efforts in providing emergency communication with NIAR team during the Hud Hud cyclone in 2014 has been appreciated by several National and International media organizations. I was interviewed by the famous Telugu Film Star Mr. Nagarjuna about emergency communications done by me which was telecast many times.
I made a presentation at the Youth Forum during 2015 Dayton Hamvention, USA about my ham radio activities, the trip was sponsored by Mr.S.Suri, VU2MY, Founder, NIAR. My Amateur radio activities are regularly covered by the media.
Details about my emergency communication activity is now taught in the Class IX English subject in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India. I am propagating the hobby among the youth.
I am currently pursuing my 3rdt year Bachelor of Technology with an emphasis on Electronics and Communications at Swami Vivekananda Institute of Technology, Secunderabad, India.