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New Amateur Radio Club Ranks in Top Ten at Pinson Valley High School
Posted on 03/23/2017
This is the image for the news article titled New Amateur Radio Club Ranks in Top Ten at Pinson Valley High SchoolIn February 2017, Pinson Valley High School formed a new amateur radio club with the help of three faculty members and one staff member who are licensed amateur radio operators. Through Mr. Lensey King’s Industrial Maintenance course, students have been exposed to amateur radio and several students are interested in becoming licensed. With this interest in amateur radio, it was decided that a school-based amateur radio club would be a unique opportunity for students. On February 15, 2017 they founded the Pinson Valley High School Amateur Radio Club. They applied for a club call sign through the Federal Communications Commission and were granted the call of KN4BBD. Their first official on-the-air activity as a club was participating in the ARRL’s School Club Round Up February 13-17, 2017 using their club Trustee’s call sign (AB4WL) since their club call sign had not yet been issued. One of the faculty members, Mr. Ken Moore, brought some of his amateur radio equipment for a temporary station to be set up in the Industrial Maintenance lab. Students participated in the installation of two dipole antennas as well as setting up the temporary station using a HF transceiver, a power supply, and an antenna tuner. Students enjoyed working other schools and individuals despite the first day having poor band conditions where no contacts were made. Over the next three days students made approximately 50 contact via amateur radio talking to colleges, high schools, elementary schools, and individuals from sixteen different states. They had approximately 25 students participating as operators and/or loggers with a good many more observing.  The School Club Round Up results had been published and PVHS ranked #10 out of 16 high schools that participated. They were the only high school in Alabama to participate and we scored higher than the only other Alabama school that participated, which was not bad for their first attempt. They are presently seeking funding in the form of grants and donations to have a permanent school-based amateur radio station for students to spend more time on the air.  They are planning to have a “fox hunt” sometime this semester where students will hunt for a signal that will be transmitted from a hidden transmitter somewhere on our campus using a small direction finding antenna that they will build in Industrial Maintenance class.