Imagine being able to talk to anyone in the world, using only a radio, an antenna, and a battery. No internet, no cellphones, no infrastructure. Just points A and B and the air between them.
Imagine having an infinite playground to experiment with the wireless world.
Imagine being the first line of defense when forest fires endanger cities, hurricanes ravage coastlines, and tornadoes tear up the midwest.
The Missouri S&T Amateur Radio Club is just the ticket. We are dedicated to the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of recreation, non-commercial, two-way (or more) exchange of messages, thoughts, and ideas, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication.
Basically, we have fun with radio in it's rawest form. The opportunities are endless.
Our club has a large, fully featured Amateur Radio station in the EE building and a tower which holds all our antennae and student projects. We also have a stocked electronics workbench and tools for any projects needing soldering or electronic debugging.
To be a "ham" (that's what we call ourselves), one must take an exam to receive an FCC license. However, as a part of MSTARC, you're granted use of any equipment as long as a licensed ham is present. As a part of membership, you will learn the ropes and have several opportunities to have your very own radio call sign. The things you learn in amateur radio will follow you throughout your job search, your career, and your life.
Because of the technical nature of amateur radio, non-EE/CpE's may be deterred, but don't let our love of radio electronics scare you. MSTARC is open to all majors, disciplines, and diversities. It is a fantastic way to learn about the mysteries of the wireless world, help out your community in times of need and emergency.
For EE, CpE, and CompSci degree-seekers, Amateur Radio experience is a must have on your resume. Ham radio provides real world, truly practical experience of all the things you learn in class. FPGA-based software defined receiver technology, state-of-the-art signal processing and DSP, antenna design, high power and high frequency amplifier design....all a small part of the huge world of amateur radio.
Give us a try. You've got nothing to lose, and a whole new world to gain!