By Todd Emmert, W9TWE
Indiana State University Amateur Radio Club, W9ISU, had a successful ARRL Collegiate QSO Party, held October 7 – 8, thanks to the support of local hams.
The club has faced challenges in recent months, including being displaced due to campus renovations and having minimal student involvement; they didn’t even have a multimode, multiband transceiver. In an effort to boost interest and attention to amateur radio, Faculty Advisor Dr. Robert Girod, N9RNV, offered 10% extra credit to students who earned their Technician-class amateur radio license. That incentive, along with efforts from student leader and W9ISU President Rowan Eggert, WO1P, helped turn things around. The club received a grant from the school that allowed them to purchase three stations, Icom IC-7300s with Heil Pro 7 headsets, foot switches, and antennas. The gear made it possible for them to set a goal of having everything up and running for the 48 hours of the ARRL Collegiate QSO Party.
Eggert listed the event on the local radio club’s social media pages to get the word out to any alumni that would be interested in helping or getting on the air.
She also got with the local Boy Scouts and set up a public demonstration during the QSO party for them. Eggert also invited other faculty to stop by and see what W9ISU was all about.
Read more – via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources http://www.arrl.org/news/view/local-amateur-community-rallies-to-support-collegiate-club-for-qso-party