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Amateur Radio Day at MakeIt Labs
January 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
We will be holding an amateur radio day at MakeIt Labs in Nashua. We are hoping to generate STEM interest among young people by demonstrating all the scientific and engineering principles at work in amateur radio. Participation is welcomed from all club members and folks in the community and we urge you to bring your families, friends, and especially kids showing an interesting in science, engineering, and mathematics. Among our activites, we will:
- Set-up a High-frequency (HF) Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) station allowing kids to make contacts (QSO’s) all over the country and potentially the world. We will highlight the interconnectivity among the components to describe how we actually make contacts and showcase the latest and greatest hardware that is on the market. Additionally, we will use VHF/UHF radios to make local contacts which also demonstrates a HAM’s use of amateur radio repeaters to allow extended coverage.
- Displays of satellite station set-ups which allow communication with amateur satellites in Low-Earth orbit (allowing beyond-line-of-sight communication), as well as Digital Amateur TV stations which rely on modern maker-based systems such as a Raspberry Pi. Though we will not activate our satellite station (due to weather conditions) we will take interested parties through how the station is constructed, how we find satellites, and what antennas / additional hardware will be needed to make contacts.
- Advertise our High-Altitude Balloon Project that can be found on our website. With the information we currently have in tow, we hope to engender a massive amount of interest and excitement among kids and hope that this will serve as an enriching learning experience that they can also bring to their own classrooms. We emphasize modeling, construction, logistics, and post-data analysis in order to lead the kids through what it takes to perform a real-world science experiment!