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Russellville High School Amateur Radio Club -
Earlier this year, Russellville H.S. principal Rex
Mayfield, KD4MQD told me of a fascinating discovery: he had uncovered
materials from an amateur radio club that once existed at the school!
Though I knew that long-time amateur Bill Robinson (AC4W/ex-W4WLR, SK 1996)
taught science there in the '60's and '70's, I did not realize that he had been
involved in promoting amateur radio as a student activity.
Looking back on my academic career at RHS from 1997-2001, I
can only think of four licensed students that attended; I was really the only one that was
active. Interest, like it seems to be in many places these days, just
wasn't there. But oh, to have been an RHS student in 1961...
|In 1961, science
instructors Bill Robinson, W4WLR (later AC4W, now SK) and Ernest
Clevenger, K4NMV, built a 6-meter station from the ground up and led at
least five RHS students to become licensed amateurs themselves.
The club was formed as part of a grant awarded by the
American Chemical Society based on an application sent in by Clevenger
that proposed a study of 6-meter propagation in an attempt to solve "UHF
communication problems existing between north and south Alabama posed by
the elevation of Spruce Pine Mountain [...]."
A Heathkit HW-10 kit (image
& specs, pops) was purchased to use as the transceiver. Every
student in the General Science course was allowed to assemble at least one
part of the radio, with the major electronic assembly done by Clevenger
himself, with assistance from students. They also built a 4-element
beam that was installed on a 52' power pole installed by Russellville
Utilities and was turned with a CDR rotor.
I have reproduced the report in full here -- take
a look and find out who the student members were and what they
window with full text of report
The project also received coverage in the Franklin
Citizen-Times. You can click on the article image at right for a
larger version (482k JPG,
pops). In some browsers, it may be necessary to click on the
"larger" image to zoom in once it opens.