Students from the Henniker Community School Amateur Radio Club recently participated in the American Radio Relay League’s School Club Roundup, earning top score for New England. Additionally, their score was high enough to earn fourth place among all middle schools in the U.S. and Canada.
The objective of School Club Roundup is for amateur radio operators all over the country to make contact with stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college club. Amateur or “Ham” radio is a hobby enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions around the world. They enjoy meeting and talking to others using two-radios, as well as experimenting with electronic circuits and antennas. Amateur radio operators (Hams) can be any age and come from all walks of life.
During the week-long contest, Henniker students Ryan Flaherty (7th grade), Justin Whittier (8th grade) and Brady LaBier (5th grade) made radio contacts from the school’s station and also took a field study trip to the Henniker home of Dale and Michele Clement. The Clements, who are members of the Contoocook Valley Radio Club, made their own radio equipment available for the students to use. This equipment, which is much more extensive than what the school has, allowed more and further radio contacts. When the results were tallied at the end of the week, the students had talked with hams in forty-one states and nine other countries. Henniker Community School Teacher Jock Irvine is the advisor for the school’s Amateur Radio Club.
l-r: Justin Whittier, Ryan Flaherty, and Brady LeBier.