Caldwell High School students recently 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 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".