ABOUT W3EAX AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION.

WHAT IS W3EAX

W3EAX was founded either in 1933 or 1934 depending on whom you ask. During the 1930's the fledgling club made many radio contacts, both national and overseas. You can see some of the receipts of these conversations on the QSL page.

WHAT IS HAM RADIO

In existence since the discovery of radio communications, Amateur Radio is an international community devoted to experimentation, discovery and communication using radio waves. "Ham" is short form for "Amateur". Sometimes the term amateur is associated with lack of skill, but the "Amateur" in "Amateur radio" actually refers to the fact that Hams participate in the hobby without monitary compensation, much like olympic athletes must be amateur athletes. Hams hold a special role in disaster relief, often providing much needed communications support when existing communications infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.

The FCC requires that prospective hams pass a license examination to demonstrate they understand the safety and regulatory responsibilities of radio operation. If you are interested in the hobby, feel free to contact one of our officers. We would love to help you get connected with the resources you need to get licensed.

CLUB OFFICERS

President:

Perry Bloch (Undergraduate, Computer Science)

pmbloch@umd.edu

Trustee:

Yehuda Katz (PhD Student, Computer Science)

yakatz@umd.edu