An important part of the Nashua Area Radio Club’s mission is to create learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young people through Amateur Radio. Many members of our club began or enhanced their interest in STEM careers and learning through Amateur Radio and we are working to provide similar experiences for the next generation.
We have lots of fun Amateur Radio activities for young folks. Perhaps you are interested in finding hidden transmitters using Radio Direction Finding (RDF)? We regularly sponsor “Fox Hunts” where we hide a transmitter and use radio equipment to see if we can find it.
Maybe you’re interested in making new friends in other parts of the United States or even in other countries around the world. Using Amateur Radio equipment, we can easily help you to make new friends and learn about other cultures and geography around the world. We call this “DX” for distant contacts – contacting Amateur Radio operators in other countries around the world. Our club regularly sets up temporary radio stations in schools, parks and other public locations to allow anyone to get on the air and make new friends. A really cool time to do this is during the ARRL Kid’s Day activity where kids all around the U.S. get on the air to contact each other and make new friends.
Abby, KC1FFX operating in the 2016 ARRL Rookie Roundup
Do you like to compete? Amateur Radio can provide some really neat ways to do this. Our club has a contest team which competes in the ARRL Rookie Roundup and other contests and special events several times each year to see how many contacts we can make in limited amount of time. Our club has several nice certificates from our entries in these contests. Contesting also helps us to develop our communications and radio operator skills as well.
Maybe you’re a Maker and like to build things with computers, software, or electronics. Building the equipment that we use in our stations is a big part of what Amateur Radio is all about. We hold monthly Tech Nights and Kit Building sessions to help you learn about computers, software and electronics and to help you build your own gear and test it out.
Are you interested in space communications? There are satellites in orbit that only Amateur Radio operators can use to make contacts around the world and there is also Amateur Radio equipment on the International Space Station! Our club has built a satellite ground station and we regularly provide opportunities to make contacts through Satellites.
We also recently completed a STEM project in conjunction with local High Schools. We created and delivered a series of classroom presentations about High Altitude Balloon technology and Atmospheric Science. We put together a High Altitude Balloon which carried an Amateur Radio payload to the edge of space and back! We used an Amateur Radio transmitter to track Balloon’s flight path to space and back, look at data from on-board science experiments and make a really cool video of the flight which you can play above! We are looking for young folks who want us help us the build and launch our next Balloon.
You don’t need a license to try out Amateur Radio and see if its fun for you. If you decide you want to have your own transmitter and station, we can help you get your official Amateur Radio license. We offer classes to help you learn what you need to know and pass your FCC license exam so you can have your own transmitter and talk to other Amateur Radio operators whenever you want.
We constantly have activities going on for young folks to do all of these things and more. Here are just a few which are coming up –
- ARRL Kids Day – a chance to get on the air and talk to other kids using a club member’s station. We’ll also have some hands-on electronic experiences and plenty of radio gear to see and try out. You can find out more here.
- MakeIt Labs Amateur Radio Day – a chance to see and play with some really cool Amateur Radio stuff including Amateur Digital Television, a Satellite Station, and Raspberry Pi gear that we’ve built. We will also have a station for you to get on the air. You can find out more here.
- ARRL Rookie Roundup Contest – a chance for folks interested in Amateur Radio to learn about radio contesting and compete with other newcomers. You can find out more here.
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