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Radio set-up aids students in worldwide communication

Sept. 10, 1996

By Brian Gutowski

Lariat Reporter

The Baylor Amateur Radio Club dedicated its first building, dubbed the 'Baylor Radio Shack,' Sept. 2. The facility is located at 1514 South 5th Street, behind the Baylor Literacy Missions Center.

The Baylor Amateur Radio Club was re-established in the spring of 1994. The Baylor Radio Shack will house the club's equipment which includes a local range radio and a high frequency worldwide radio. The club's equipment was paid for by the Student Congress in 1994.

The club previously met at several locations on the Baylor campus, which require hours of setting up and breaking down the equipment.

'We received the equipment from the Student Congress with the promise we would find a permanent place for it,' said President Patrick Hynan, a Waco senior.

The building was provided by a gift from Baylor alumna Dr. Kay Ransom, executive director of the Texoma Council for Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Sherman.

The club uses the radios for public service efforts, educational opportunities and social communication with other licensed communicators.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) prohibits the use of amateur radio for business purposes.

'The club uses the radios for communication only, and all operators are FCC licensed,' Hynan said.

Hynan said the members have communicated with people on other continents and have heard the communications of American astronauts on the U.S. Space Station.

'Now that we have a place, we have a chance to fulfill our goals as a club,' Hynan said.

The club's goals include providing an educational opportunity for students concerning the scope of amateur radio and radio license acquisition and to provide an operable amateur radio station for its members.

The Baylor Amateur Radio Club meets every other Thursday in the Rogers Engineering 106. The meetings are open to anyone interested.

An FCC license testing session will be held on Sept. 14, in the engineering building. For more information call Hynan at 666-4873.

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