The Rho Epsilon Amateur Radio Club was formally founded at Washington State University (then Washington State College) in 1911 by H.V. Carpenter, Homer Dana and Royal Sloan as one of the first university ham radio clubs in the world.
Our goal is to provide Washington State University students with the opportunity to learn and experiment with amateur radio as well as to meet other students interested in amateur radio and share ideas.
We will be having a general meeting on Thursday, May 1st at 5PM PDT in Sloan 150. We will be having officer elections for next year. The club will be presenting the recently deployed Pullman Ham Radio Mesh Network and giving a live demonstration of mesh node deployment and routing.
We will also be voting on proposed changes to the constitution, which will be sent over the mailing list prior to the meeting.
The WSU Amateur Radio Club will be holding a licensing class on February 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 AM in ETRL 101. The class will continue on February 23rd at 10:00 AM, with the exam to follow.
The WSU Amateur Radio Club will be holding a printed circuit board design tutorial on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 6 pm in Sloan 150. This will be a quick, 1-2 hour crash course on how to take a circuit from paper, input that into a CAD tool, then layout a ready-to-order circuit board.
No prior knowledge or skill is required, all majors and years are welcome. You are encouraged to bring a laptop and follow along, but not required. Bring a simple circuit of your own, or use our example.
We will be having a general meeting on Wednesday, November 13th at 6PM in Sloan 150. We will be discussing a few quick club administration things, then diving into an electronics tutorial.
We will be designing and building a timing circuit using a 555 timing chip. All materials will be provided by the club, but we only have a limited number of breadboards, so we ask that you bring one if you have one.
No knowledge is necessary, just show up and learn about electronics.
The WSU Amateur Radio Club will be holding a licensing class on November 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM in ETRL 101, and a review session and exam on November 17 at 10:00 AM.
We are planning to finish up the class at 4PM at the latest on Saturday. The test will be administered at 2 PM, and will likely be done around 3 PM.
The class will cover all the topics that are on the Technician exam. That includes basic electronics, operating procedures, RF safety, etc. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the club on both days. There is a $15 fee for taking the test and getting your license.
There will be a general club meeting on Thursday, October 17th at 6PM in Sloan 150. We will be going over current club projects and the current state of the club, as well as brainstorming ideas for future projects.
Anyone interested in getting experience with real world engineering projects should attend. The Amateur Radio Club is actively involved in developing electronics and software, as well as many other mechanical and physical engineering projects. We are in need of skilled, motivated engineers. Projects are funded by the club.
Just a reminder that there is a WSU Amateur Radio Club general meeting tomorrow, Tuesday April 15th, at 4:30 PM. The meeting will be held in EME 206 (CASAS/AILAB), right across from the shack. All five officer positions will be up for election during the meeting.
Officer election results are as follows:
President: Kevin Brasier
Vice President: Andrew Lytle
Secretary: Erik Hines
Quartermaster: Ben Thompson
Erik and I (Kevin) are in the shack today. W4ZZU (Erik) is making some contacts into Japan and getting 59+10 reports running barefoot (100 watts) with our tri-bander on our tower pointed into Japan. Pretty fun.