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On our recent trip to Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO., we were able to meet most of the members of the WØEEE College HAM Radio Club as we were able to donate a new DMR repeater to the School. Ron Kochanowicz, KCØQVT (our CEO and alumni of Missouri S&T) has a special connection with today's youth who wish to pursue training in the technical and engineering fields. He was especially wanting to establish contact with today's students back at the university, as many of them may decide to get involved in the radio and communications industry. From the looks of things, Missouri S&T University is literally everything a young tech student would want when it comes to furthering their education in the technical or engineering fields. Not many colleges have the kind of Amateur Radio resources which Rolla offers their student body. A few students we met even claimed that the things they learned in the WØEEE club were a great asset to them in their day to day engineering studies. There is nothing like a hands-on application to further your understanding of the technical field. WØEEE gives students just that.
The WØEEE club has an entire small classroom devoted to their campus HAM radio station and repeater. They have everything from state-of-the-art HF equipment, older equipment, and handheld radios (on loan to the students with HAM licenses). Almost all of the equipment is donated to them from individuals, companies, and other clubs. We were able to view their filing cabinet where they have kept a full set of station logs dating back to when the club was founded in 1931. We were also able to spend some quality time there at the university and have dinner with several of the club members at a local restaurant. One thing is certain: the art of HAM radio will indeed live on due to the enthusiasm and devotion of quality young minds like the ones we met in Rolla. It is our hope that some of these fine young people might join our team here at BridgeCom one day.
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