The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club was invited by Stuart Aller, the 7th grade science teacher at Hiawatha Middle School, to explain to his five science classes about amateur radio’s role in natural disasters and how amateurs use the properties of the ionosphere to refract high frequency signals around the earth.
KB0FVP, Jim Gerwick, and KC0CCR, Randall Noon, both members of the local amateur club met with Mr. Aller and the 7th grade science classes on Friday, March 4th. Having been in charge of emergency preparations in Richardson County for many years, KB0FVP instructed the students about how ham radio is an emergency communications safety net for the community. KC0CCR explained how the ionosphere refracts radio waves and makes long distance communication possible.
Both KB0FVP and KC0CCR discussed the role amateur radio operators played when Greensburg, Kansas was leveled by storms. Directly after the storm, all the normal communication systems could not function and there was no power to the area. Within a short time after the storm, ham radio operators moved into Greensburg and re-established communications to help begin the recovery.
To demonstrate the operation of Hiawatha 2-meter repeater to each class, KC0CCR and KB0FVP made FM voice contacts with local operators who were standing by in Hiawatha and Falls City. Students were also invited to drop by the Field Day exercise this coming June 25-26 just west of Wal-Mart where ham operators will demonstrate their ability to provide independent, long distance communications to all of North American for 24 hours straight. The fun side of ham radio was also demonstrated to the class when KC0CCR made a lunch date with KC0RMJ.