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ACHS students participate in ham radio club

Ankeny Centennial High School students Jacob Payne, Peter Shaw, Josh Pyburn, Mason Gordinier, and John Atagozli use Amateur Radio (ham radio) to contact other schools around the U.S. ACHS students participated in the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Fall School Club Round-up contest in which school ham radio clubs contact as many other ham radio operators as possible over the course of one week. Ankeny Centennial has competed in the ARRL contest since 2013. This year, seven students participated and made contacts with dozens of ham radio operators across the U.S. Ham radio operators exchange postcards (called “QSL cards”) to confirm that the contact was made.

 
 Lexi Peterson is pictured filling out the information to confirm contacts with ACHS ham radio club
ACHS club president Lexi Peterson is pictured filling out the information to confirm contacts with ACHS. (View larger)
 
 AC0HS QSL card
 Also pictured is the AC0HS QSL card. (View Larger)
 
AC0HS is the call sign assigned by the FCC to ACHS’s ham radio station. The ARRL School Club Round-up contest is held twice each year during the third week of October and the second week of February. Please contact Mike Miller, club sponsor, at Michael.Miller@AnkenySchools.org for more information.