In a room tucked under Neyland Stadium, the UT Amateur Radio Club reaches over 200 countries.
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, involves the use of the radio frequency spectrum for non-commercial purposes, like exchanging messages, private recreation and radio sport. The term “amateur” is used mainly to distinguish the hobby from private broadcasting and public safety broadcasting.
Members of the Amateur Radio Club meet weekly in East Stadium Hall, where they have an antenna and a radio system to broadcast from UT campus.
The UT Amateur Radio Club started in 1947 in response to a rise in interest of satellite and radio following the end of World War II.
Bobbie Williams, adviser and trustee of the UT Amateur Radio Club, said that after World War II, extra radio equipment began to be donated to facilities for research and education on improving satellite signals.
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