Category: Education

College Students in Belize Introduced to Amateur Radio

Not long after promoting Amateur Radio to Boy Scouts, the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) has introduced ham radio to University of Belize (UB) engineering students. The BARC presentation included a summary of the club’s educational goals, a short video, and a lesson on Amateur Radio basics — such as propagation and the RF spectrum, […]

Just Like Houston: Engineering Students Begin Work on Satellite Ground Station (Virginia)

Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” Astronaut Jack Swigert uttered that famous statement on April 13, 1970, when problems became apparent during the failed Apollo 13 mission. Members of NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston immediately went to work to figure out what happened and ultimately saved the lives of the crew. Since the space […]

Amateur radio groups to send a balloon to the stratosphere and back

Many UC Berkeley students have sky-high ambitions, but this weekend some are going to new heights. Members of the East Bay Amateur Radio Club and UC Berkeley’s radio club are teaming up to launch a high-altitude balloon to near-space, and they are inviting the public to come track its journey. On Saturday, March 18 the […]

via HACKADAY: Interview: Nacer Chahat Designs Antennae for Mars CubeSats

You have a shoe box sized computer that you want to use in a Mars fly by. How do you communicate with it? The answer is a very clever set of antennas. I got to sit down with Nacer Chahat, one of the engineers on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team responsible for antenna design on […]

Youthful BY70-1 CubeSat Builders: We’ll be Back!

As its Amateur Radio FM transponder satellite BY70-1 was poised to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, its developers, China’s Amateur Youth Space Program, said it will be mounting future missions. The 2U BY70-1 CubeSat was built by Beijing Bayi High School students. “We hope more amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near […]

Amateur Radio Balloon to be Part of K2BSA Activities at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

A high-altitude Amateur Radio balloon, K2BSA-11, will be launched from the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude of 48,000 feet and will transmit on 144.390 MHz APRS. An onboard GPS/computer will shift APRS frequencies based on the balloon’s location around the globe. Carrying […]

Xenia Community Schools to close for Hamvention

Citing an educational opportunity to its students, the Board of Education for Xenia Community Schools in Ohio is welcoming the opportunity to host Hamvention by cancelling classes on Friday May 19th. In a post on their web site, they are encouraging students and teachers to “take advantage of all the sessions associated with this program”. […]

India lofts a record 104 spacecraft on a single rocket

An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on Tuesday, the largest pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster. The satellites from India, the United States, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates will take pictures of planet Earth, monitor the environment, validate new technologies, and […]

Campus Ham Radio Clubs Encouraged to Boost Vitality through Innovation

ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Scott Westerman, W9WSW, believes collegiate Amateur Radio clubs need to blow away the dust and cobwebs and modernize, in order to attract new members. He urges college and university ham radio clubs to seek common technological ground with younger generations, in order to attract new Amateur Radio licensees. “We really […]

First nanosatellite ready for launch (Bangladesh)

BRAC University yesterday became the first Bangladeshi educational institution to get its very own nanosatellite, developed and assembled by three of its students using technology and facilities of a Japanese university. “BRAC ONNESHA”, a cube measuring 10cm along its edge and weighing around one kilogramme, will be launched into low Earth orbit, at an altitude […]

JVC-KENWOOD supports STEM education through new space-program fundraising initiative

KENWOOD radios and technical expertise have been integral to the success of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program for over ten years and now, JVCKENWOOD and ARISS jointly announce a new fundraising initiative to expand ARISS youth education programs designed to interest young people in amateur radio in order to expand […]

Boy Scouts’ Radio Merit Badge Requirements to Include Amateur Radio Direction Finding Option

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have updated the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge for 2017. A new option for the Radio Merit Badge is Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF). ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV, said he’s “really excited” about the move, and he credited Jamboree on the Air Coordinator (JOTA) and K2BSA […]

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