DRESDEN – Students in the Dresden Elementary Amateur Radio Station (D.E.A.R.S.) Club celebrated their success in recent School Club Round-Up Contests using Amateur (Ham) radio.
Ham radio is a popular hobby and service that allows people to connect with other people next door, around the world, and even into space.
D.E.A.R.S. has been around for nearly 6 years. The club is very unique as there are no other elementary based clubs like it in Ohio, said Jim Mayercak, D.E.A.R.S. Advisor.
The club has had a lot of success in what is called “Contesting,” which are competitions to see how many different Ham operators could be contacted in a given time period.
In celebrating their success, the students spoke with former President of the American Radio Relay League, Kay Craigie. Craigie has been actively involved in Ham radio since 1986. She talked to students via Ham radio about the club, what they plan on doing for the summer, and answered any questions that students asked about her experiences with Ham radio.
There are multiple certifications that people can obtain to be more qualified using Ham radio, which Mayercak said that some of his students already have.
Club Member, Mason McDaniel, said that he’s excited to further his certifications in Ham radio.
“I have a beginners license, which is called the technicians license. The next two licenses are what I’m working towards along with continuing this as a hobby and using it towards my interest in aviation,” said McDaniel.
Club Member, Tyler Hammond, has the highest certification that you can get for Ham radio. He also has his very own radio that he operates with back at home.
“It’s been a lot of fun and its gotten me a lot of opportunities to get these licenses that you can get for amateur radio to explore the hobby. It’s given me a lot of privilege’s on the radio to talk to people all over the world,” said Hammond.