New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan, known as the millennium star, was once refused by All India Radio (AIR) even though his rich baritone became his USP in later life. Now Big B reveals that he has been a member of ham radio or the amateur radio club.

'Yes, I am a member and had become one soon after my 'Coolie' accident when I was in Delhi recuperating. I had attended classes privately and has also given an examination, received my identity and had become a recognised member,' Big B posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com on Friday.

'But time and circumstances never permitted me to pursue its activities, so I stopped operating it. Now, I am too far gone in another direction and forgotten all the training that I received, as also my ID to be operational again,' he added.

Meanwhile, while coming back from Poland, the 68-year-old interacted with the captain of the flight, who is a member of ham radio and had read somewhere that Amitabh too is a recognised member.

'The captain is going to send me details of someone in Mumbai that can conduct classes for training again, just to brush up everything, so I can get rejuvenated in this form of communication as well,' he wrote.

Amateur radio is used for training for private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication and it operates on allocated frequencies and one cannot use it for broadcast purposes.

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