OSSTP and OCARC
Olin Collegiate Amateur Radio Club (OCARC) and OSSTP have been hard at work licensing new amateur radio operators (HAMs). As part of our program, we provide complimentary materials, lessons, and testing to anyone affiliated with Olin, Babson, or Wellesley College. Our goal is to improve representation and awareness around the vital role wireless communications play in our daily lives and how they can make our world a better place.
HAM operator volunteers provide vital communication services for the health, safety, and logistics of public events. The Lab's location near Boston provides real-world opportunities for OCARC and OSSTP students to hone their amateur radio skills. It's become a cherished tradition for students to volunteer for the Boston Marathon.
OCARC has built and tested four omnidirectional eggbeater antennas: two 2m (VHF) and two 70cm (UHF). These bands are common in ham and small satellite communications. This project offered hands-on experience in antenna creation and operation.