Amateur Radio Society helps students develop skills in electronic communication. ARS will be meeting on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Mark Austin Technology/Engineering Building to prepare for their upcoming Fox Hunt event.
“The Amateur Radio Society exists to promote skills in the area of electronic communications and to build connections that will help its members to fulfill future duties as members of society,” according to the BYU-Idaho ARS Web page.
Adin Baumgarten, a member of ARS and a junior studying computer science said ARS is a small group of amateur radio operators. This group is licensed to transmit on special frequencies. He said in order to transmit a frequency legally, citizens need to be licensed; ARS helps students become licensed and registered.
“Amateur Radio is the organization that allows anyone to get on and use a radio beyond the restricted radios that you find in your phone,” Baumgarten said.
Baumgarten said ARS is currently preparing for a Fox Hunt, which is comparable to geocaching. To prepare for the Fox Hunt, ARS members will help students build their own radio antennas.
Baumgarten said these directional antennas are made out of PVC pipe, sections of a tape measure, wires and a cable cord.
Baumgarten said that on the day of the Fox Hunt, students will split into teams. A radio, the Fox, will be hidden within a 5-mile radius. He said the radio will transmit every minute for up to 30 seconds. Students will use their antennas to listen and find where the radio was hidden. He said the first team to find the radio wins the hunt.
“In the early days of radio, we were lucky to have one radio transmitter per country,” Baumgarten said. “As you look through history, it then becomes one radio per car, then a radio per household as you start seeing cable TV or satellite TV, then a radio per person, and now, it is about four radios per person.”
Baumgarten, or KG7JYK as he is known on the radio, said ARS is comparable to walkie talkies, except ARS can access many more frequencies that can then be broadcast around the world.
“We will always see radios,” Baumgarten said. “We’re going to see more and more. We will always have a need for radio.”
To get involved or receive more information, students can email ARS officers at firstname.lastname@example.org.