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My thanks to all the schools that participated.
This week Caldwell High School participated in an amateur radio contest called the ARRL School Club Roundup. Approximately 15 students from the CHS Engineering and Robotics classes spent their afternoons and evenings, every day this week, making radio contact with other stations from across the continent. Contest Objective: To exchange QSO information (station call sign, location, and signal report) with other school and club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. A points system is used to score each contact and the student radio station was allowed to operate for a cumulative of 24 hours over a five day period. It was also encouraged to contact non-school clubs and individuals, although they didn't score as highly. Students earned almost 30k points in the competition this week while "working" several hundred stations from 42 different US states including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. CHS junior Kelsey Ferro said at the conclusion of the event, "I really enjoyed the opportunity to use the knowledge of radios I learned in Mr. Z's class. This was one of the coolest and nerdiest things I can gladly say I've done. From stringing the antenna from the roof to using the radio and talking to new people, these kind of opportunities are why I love engineering".
Greetings to all the students and to all the hams. All the best from the European Space Agency - Operations Centre (ESOC) in Germany.
"Other Digital" is FT-8 and SSTV
Student operators: Caleb Nasman, Miriam Tan, Noah Rosamilia, Ben Green. Guest supervisor: Tim Duffy K3LR
"Greetings from warm and sunny Florida."
This was my first time doing the log for my CLUB. Please excuse any problems and let me know ASAP through my email if I have made any gross errors. Our kids LOVED the SCR this year!!! Great contacts everyone.
LASA High enjoyed seeing so many new schools on the air this SCR. In fact, we worked 52 schools which is second only to the 53 we worked in the 2005 SCR. And, great coordination among schools using SCR-Chat. Always hoping to work Alaska. Maybe next year. Students made 920 QSOs in low sunspots. Proud of them! 73, KC5EES (Trustee, K5LBJ)
Fewer student operators, but two: Amelia and Isabel made probably 80% or more of out contacts, working pileups every day mostly without prompting from any of our three licensed operators!
2nd operator KI7QNT
Had a great time, doubled our points since Feb. New goal to double again next time out. Each student club member made at least 2 contacts during the event and even asked to come back on a second day. Awesome!
We had a great time. More students on the air this semester and making great contacts. The bands weren't great and our antenna was a compromise but we enjoyed ourselves. It was fun talking to the other schools on the air and working the DX.
Norman Clanton, KA1SG is one of our instructor/advisers. We used his call for the contest.
Im never surprised how great it is to see student smile when they are part of the team. Grace & Blessing from KD2HWZ
Our best SCR to date! Many QSO's despite no sunspots! 30 brand new members got on the air during the week.
power=80 W, grid=FM18eu, antenna=dipole, equipment=TS570S, comment=antenna is G5RV at 35 ft in trees, Thanks for the fun!
As always, SCR was an amazing event for our students. For some reason, the interest level was less this time. We had a total of 5 students participate, although the bulk of the station operation was done by just two students. Both of these students took part in the event last year as fourth graders and spent considerable time in the weeks previous to this fall's SCR mapping out ways to improve on their past performances. I think that this part is as much fun for me to watch as the event itself. We save all of the data from past roundups, things like contacts/per day and average QSO/hour. After each roundup is finished, we always have a "debriefing" to discuss things that worked well and ideas on how to improve in the future. They take meticulous notes on this. The students then analyze this information and map out a plan. They really approach it as a competition, not against other schools, but against themselves. There was some disappointment that they fell a bit short of the club's best, but they also understand that even the best plan can be hindered by poor band conditions like we experienced several times during the contest. I cannot overstate how much I appreciate those folks who take their time to make the School Club Roundup possible.
The kids had lots of fun! We have 30 kids trying to cram around 1 radio, so hopefully we’ll have more radios and more kids talking in the Spring!
it was great working the kids and we learned a lot during this event. I hope everyone that participated in some form or manner enjoyed the Fall SCR this year. I will be trying to figure out a better way to be more efficient and I am certainly looking forward to the Feb 18 SCR 73,
Harbor City Radio Club had a great week and was happy to make many digital contacts across the United States and Canada with our group of high schoolers and a few Elmers keeping us going strong. We were able to put in 3 days working around 6 hours each day. Thanks to everyone for a fun event!
Very little operating time, but at least I was able to keep my record of participating in every SCR session. Thanks to all who participated. We appreciate all entries - large and small.
Every February and October we enjoy participating in the Roundup, and encourage our students to observe or participate as much as possible. We remain grateful for those whose dedication make this friendly school competition possible. ND8GA
Since I retired, I no longer run the school club ON4HTI, but it was still fun to make some qso's during SCR Week !
Members of the Kansas State University Amateur Radio club had a great time participating in this year's school club roundup. Our new ICOM IC-7300 arrived during the week and got a great workout on the air. Getting this first new radio in over 20 years was a much-anticipated moment for our club. We can't wait to get on the air in February with even more participation.
This is Simon Savitt KD2OAY. The faculty advisor (Joe Ciccone) of my university ham radio club is blind and so we did not use logging software. I did not know exactly what information the cabrillo log required when participating in the contest so there is some data that I cannot provide. The checks, precedences of individuals, and QSO numbers of my contacts are unknown. ARRL sections are based on the state my contacts listed they were in and an FCC license data lookup. I conducted RS reports but the given template does not indicate that I should be including them. My 3rd QSO (DL6MHG) is a DX station in Germany so I am unsure as to whether I can provide an ARRL section.
It was my first time participating in School Club Roundup, and Monday was even my first time working sideband! We're looking forward to the next Roundup in February with more students participating. See you on the air!
73 de W4LID
W5AC had a lot of fun during the School Club Roundup! We had a couple hams new to contesting call CQ and they did great. We also had a few work our first digital contacts in a long time. Thank you everyone for the contacts. 73 from Aggieland! Whoop!
Good Conditions fun Contest Very relaxed and great to hear the kids on air
Everyone had a great time. Had a lot less time to prepare for this one. Thanks everyone. Paul /KC5CYY
Fell at a bad time of the term for us this time around. Hope to be able to commit more time to it next year!
We had a great time.
Suggest contacts made solely by non-students at schools/school clubs not be counted for school club/school awards.
There were about 40 participants, most of whom were new to amateur radio. Bands were up and down and we didn't hear as many school stations as last spring. Lots of fun!
Our school had a lot of fun participating in this contest!
Great SCR! Got two students on the air and made their first QSO
After many years of inactivity, the Ohio University Amateur Radio Club has been revived and, we are excited to be on the air again! Thanks to everyone who was patient with us as we battled tough band conditions and equipment problems.
Additional operation provided by unlicensed ops Linan and Steven.
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Hard to believe our 9th year doing this! We had 21 students make multiple qso's and utilized 7 different modes to make qso's! We added Maine to our total of worked states with schools operating. We are now just 5 away from WAS with school stations!
Our time was limited but we enjoyed the contest.