Stanly Community College (SCC) will host Stanly County Radio Science Day, organized and presented by the Stanly County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) and West Stanly Middle School Amateur Radio Club (WSMSARC). The event will be held on the grounds of the SCC Crutchfield Education Center (CEC) on April 9, 2016, 10am-2pm, in conjunction with the NC Science Festival. The public is cordially invited.
Amateur radio is a unique meeting point of science, electrical engineering, emergency communications, public service, and public, and often international, relations. It has many benefits that include:
- Providing an opportunity to showcase the ever growing capabilities and new technologies of radio to the public, public service, and emergency service providers.
- Fostering an interest in science, electronics, and communication among people of all ages but particularly youths and students like those of the WSMSARC who will be the next generation of innovators and the next generation of SCC students.
- Providing an opportunity to test, learn, and improve communications capabilities in off grid field situations that simulate emergency communications challenges.
For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Radio Science Day demonstrates the ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in field days in 2015.
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Stanly County Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Stanly County. For additional information, contact David Nichols, Chemistry/Safety Instructor, Stanly Community College at 704-991-0174.
SCC will host Stanly County Radio Science Day on April 9, 2016, in conjunction with the NC Science Festival.