Starting a High School Radio Club

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Clubs' started by KY4WIN, Aug 29, 2021.

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  1. KY4WIN

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    I tried searching the forum and found a lot of posts about schools being on the air but I was unable to find a forum from anyone that started a High School Amateur Radio Club. I am a Geometry teacher at my local high school and I am the only licensed radio operator on the staff. I have students that have shown interest in amateur radio and asked if we could start a club. I am looking for advice from someone that has already started one to see what I should do and what I should avoid (both through requesting the club through the FCC as well as equipment advice on what is good for quick set up and take down antennas as the school will not allow a fixed structure). I plan to use my own personal equipment and some extra HT's I have to get the students started. Thank you all in advance for any advice.
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  2. K1LKP

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  3. K0UO

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    Unfortunately nowadays only a few States would even allow an outside activity like Ham radio into the school.

    Is used to be very normal.

    The only new ones that I've heard of it's been successful in the last few years are working with Makers clubs.

    There's a ton of roadblocks including background checks and Security/ even to just get onto the school premises. Schools nowadays are basically locked in for various reasons.

    Liability litigation and lawsuits HD anything that has school activities nowadays.

    Keep us posted/ if you find a crack on how to do it and don't get discouraged.

    73 from,
    The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the daily
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  4. W0IS

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    I'm guessing he's been through most of the background checks, if they're letting him onto the premises every morning.
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  5. KY4WIN

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    You are correct. I already jumped through those hoops by being a faculty member. Also the club will only be open to students so that would not be an issue either. I will probably stray from kits or projects unless they are simple due to the lawsuit issue though. Don't want someone burning themselves on a soldering iron or anything so will more than likely only deal with radio operation. My school has already approved the club with the rules that I cannot place any permanent structure or permanent antenna and we cannot leave school property. I looked at the links that K1LKP posted and it looks like I need to start the club at the school, have them elect officers, then petition the FCC for the license. I will keep everyone updated and still looking for advice/experience/suggestions from anyone else that may have any.
  6. W0IS

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    I just checked the rules, and an anticipated problem I thought of isn't a problem:

    (2) A club station license grant. A club station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license trustee designated by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person who holds an operator/primary station license grant. The club must be composed of at least four persons and must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with this part.

    I was under the mistaken impression that you needed a certain number of licensed hams, but it turns out I was wrong. You only need one licensed ham, namely you, the trustee. You need three more members, and an organizing document.

    I would just put together a one-page Articles of Organization setting forth the basic organization of the Club. You can name yourself Benevolent Dictator, or use whatever organization style you want. Then, find three more members. As far as the FCC is concerned, you can get people off the street to sign the Articles of Organization. But in your case, if you don't yet have three students or parents willing to sign up as members, then I would find three other teachers or perhaps the principal to sign up.
  7. KY4WIN

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    This information is excellent thank you for letting me know. I had already done the research and found that I could be the only license holder and be the trustee to start the club (hopefully after the first year many of the students will be licensed as well). I did not know that I could choose 3 other faculty members willing to help so that I can submit my Articles of Organization. I thought it had to be elected students so this will definitely expedite the paperwork being sent in. Thank you again.
  8. W9RAC

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    Well Garrett I have worked a high school club a couple of times down in Fl. , sideband. Spoke with a few of the students on-air during the class. Pretty cool, I do not operate much SSb, mostly CW but happened across them twice, they have my QSL card. If you don't make any headway Ill try to look thru the log and see if I noted it. 20 meter contact for me. Great idea. They were all having a great time talking both girls and guys! 73 Rich

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