Newport County Radio Club (www.w1sye.org) is sponsoring an Amateur Radio Technician Class at St Lucy’s Church in Middletown RI starting October 5th. Discover the fun of being able to communicate with fellow Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) in your local community or worldwide without depending on fragile infrastructure like cell phones or internet. Add Amateur Radio capabilities to enhance other hobbies like hiking or boating, and be able to communicate in times of emergency.
Paul, K1YBE, gave a presentation at last night’s meeting on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program he developed in conjunction with UMass Dartmouth, to encourage young women to consider engineering degrees.
The ultimate goal is to capture the imagination of young people and encourage their future education choices, while illustrating some basic principals like teamwork, design trade offs, and continuous improvement. All those “boring” things were wrapped up in a project that was interesting and challenging — building a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube puzzle.
Paul’s slideshow can be found by clicking here.
NCRC’s Technician Class in Foster, RI completed last night.
We had 18 who took the exam. 15 passed with 7 exams having no wrong answers. The remaining students only missed a few.
One of our students had nothing wrong on all three exams so he is now an extra. Three others including Chief Marsland got their General.
Overall an excellent outcome: 11 Tech, 3 Gen, 1 Extra
Our thanks to Chief Marsland from the Foster Fire Department for sponsoring the class and allowing us to teach there. Also thanks to the members of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club BVARC who helped with the VE exam.
John Z, N1JPZ, his son Rick, and Bob, WB4SON, put up a temporary 30 foot mast and raised the 20-meter dipole up in the air at Monsignor Clarke School today. (Actually John and Rick did most of the work, WB4SON just stood around looking useless and taking photos).
We have applied for a club call sign of K1MCS, and it looks like it will be issued on October 20th. Our first day of contest operation will be on October 21st. Twenty one students will be participating on the air. Our plan is to rotate them on the air in groups of four every 45 minutes on Wed/Thu/Fri.
Hopefully after this introduction to Amateur Radio, the same kids will agree to do it again in February, after which we will start having 90 minutes of instruction each week until June — with a goal of getting them all licensed.
This is the fourth school that NCRC has worked with for educational outreach.
Last night marked the half-way point for the NCRC’s Technician Class in Foster RI. The students, about 25 of them, are VERY engaged and doing well.
Our educational outreach will generate a bunch of new hams, mostly in the West Bay area when the exam is held on October 27th.