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Back on air: Student radio station returns.


College calling In the radio shack are (from left) Lee Marsh, of sponsor LAM Communications, student Sohaib Ali and lecturers Chris Wright and Mark Lupton STUDENTS from Huddersfield Technical College are hitting the airwaves again now that the Tech's Amateur Radio Society has re-formed.

The group is run by the college's Engineering Department and is based in Room B313.

The society will be covering all the necessary areas of radio communication -including making radios - so that students can gain Ofcom Amateur Radio Communications licences at foundation, intermediate and advanced level.

Mark Lupton, electronics and radio communications tutor, said: "Up to the early 1990s the society was a highly thought of and well-respected group.

"It dated back to the late 1950s and it's great to be able to resurrect it."

Students will learn about the basic principles of radio frequency transmission, along with how to contact amateur radio enthusiasts around the world.

They will also learn how to beam radio signals off satellites.

As well as these activities they will be shown how to make contact with the International Space Station and chat to its astronauts.

Mr Lupton believes the society will appeal to students of all backgrounds and interests.

He said: "For students thinking about a career in the armed forces an amateur radio communications licence is invaluable.

"It's also a benefit for language students, as it is possible to choose almost any country you like and have a lengthy conversation to improve your skills.

"Because of the scientific nature of amateur radio this should also interest science students, as it involves some basic astrophysics, astronomy and electronics."

Staff at the college will be encouraged to attend.

The society meets in Room B313 from 6pm until 9pm every Monday.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2007
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