The Missouri S&T Amateur Radio Club will celebrate the 100th anniversary

The Missouri S&T Amateur Radio Club will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, April 15. The public is invited to attend an open house 2-5 p.m. in the club’s radio shack located in Emerson Hall. According to the Missouri Miner archives from 1923, the club was founded by 12 men “for the purpose of studying applications and devices connected with radio reception.” The members of the club purchased the first equipment used on their own, but their goal was to “stimulate the interest of the school in radio work, with a view towards this school eventually purchasing a good transmitting set.” S&T is now a collegiate powerhouse in terms of its amateur radio setup and the tower’s reach. The university’s tower has six antennas with high-frequency bands on Emerson Hall, as well as a two-meter repeater atop Thomas Jefferson Residence Hall. Club members now take part in competitions with other institutions to make the most contacts possible over a 24-hour period. The strength of S&T’s station gives the club an advantage. The group also regularly provides testing services as well so community members and students can get their amateur radio operators license. They also provide radio services for a local motorsports event known as the 100 Acre Wood Rally, since much of the rally in Salem and Potosi, Missouri, has minimal phone service. In addition to the open house, the club will also host a special dinner for current members and alumni at Alex’s Pizza Palace in downtown Rolla after the open house. The April 15 dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and there will be a $5 admission cost, which the club will use as a fundraiser.