Amateur Radio Club
The Amateur Radio Club was created as an extension of the telecommunications component of the Industrial Electronics Program. Students who are already learning about telecommunications and antenna technology have the opportunity to expand that experience and network with members of the community who share in a desire to develop new technology utilizing radio frequencies.
In the fall, the club participates in an annual event in which Amateur Radio Clubs from throughout the Southern United States compete against each other to make contacts throughout the world. Drake State’s student team placed first in this competition in 2009.
The club also participates in an annual non-political Amateur Radio Public Service Project called ARMAD (Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day). The event is in support of National Military Appreciation Month which is celebrated in May. Amateur Radio Operators from around the world team up during this effort to allow the people from communities across the country to gather at public locations to express verbal positive support "LIVE" over two way radio for members of the Military, Veterans, Reserves, National Guard, Retired, Coalition Forces, First Responders, and Military Support Groups. The group invites anyone in the community who would like to give a “shout out” to members of the public service community to come by and make radio QSOs (contact). The messages will be spread across the country. For more information about Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day visit the Amateur Radio Club’s Web site at http://www.armad.net.
For students who are interested in joining the club, please contact Karl Henry or call 256.551.1709.