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The STELAR Project 2016
The education and science charity STELAR has been active in promoting radio communications in schools and colleges for over 20 years as part of curriculum enrichment and personal and professional development for teachers. Through its specialist courses, it has achieved much notable success in establishing amateur radio clubs in schools and by inspiring young people to seek careers in science, electronics and industry. Via these activities it has played a major role in furthering space and satellite communication studies within schools.
In January 2016 Sandringham School of St. Albans made the first school contact with Tim Peake on the International Space Station and subsequently Headteacher Alan, G4DJX. applied to STELAR for sponsorship to establish a permanent amateur radio station in their science block.
Funding was approved by the STELAR trustees to purchase a fully equipped HF station based on a Kenwood TS950SG transceiver plus accessories and also a W3DZZ trap dipole was donated, the photograph below showing a group of pupils erecting this antenna on rather a wet and windy lunch break!
The station is now fully operational and activated regularly on Tuesday lunch times as the picture below illustrates; they are always on the look-out for contacts, especially with other school club stations. Polly, M6POG is seen operating with Zac M6ZBK logging and Jessica M6LPJ looking on.
Alan is also running a regular Foundation Licence course on Fridays after school and looks forward to more pupils joining the list of operators soon.
STELAR has further funds available to support the establishment of school amateur radio stations and invites sponsorship applications from those interested in supporting a local school in this way.
The STELAR trustees