You may have noticed our antennas as you walk by Old Main. Our headquarters, referred to as the Shack, is housed in room 303 of the Old Engineering Building. Here we operate several radio stations on the most commonly used frequencies allocated to the Amateur Radio Service by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Don't confuse us with professional radio stations that broadcast music, news, and talk shows. We do 2-way communication. Using the equipment in the shack, students and members can make voice, digital, and CW (Morse code) contacts with other radio enthusiasts all over the world.
Also in the Shack is a repeater system that picks up local transmissions and re-transmits them over a wider local area as well as linking them into the Internet for connection to other transceivers throughout the world. The repeater system permits students with just a computer or walkie-talkie size radio to talk to remote areas throughout the world.
Those of us that are licensed are often referred to as “Hams” or “Ham Radio Operators.” The reasons often given for this label are mostly speculative, but the label stuck and we have accepted it.
You don’t have to have a Ham (FCC) license to join the club, nor do you have to join the club to attend meetings or other activities. Our members interact with other clubs in the area as well as provide volunteer services to local non-profit organizations.
Our meetings combine presentations on topics likely to be of interest to members as well as project work to improve our equipment.
If you want to get an FCC license we’ll help you get it. Of course our membership includes students, but it also includes Associate Members from the community that provide experience, resources, and mentoring.
We would love to see you at one of our meetings; or if you see a light on in room 303, just knock and we’ll show you around. We usually keep the door shut during the day to avoid disturbing classes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like visitors.
From the center of campus, we talk to the world.