If you're interested in communications or listening to worldwide broadcasts, the Kansas University Amateur Radio Club, Inc. has something to offer.
"The club has been active since before World War II," said Richard Moore, KU professor of electrical and computer engineering, and co-sponsor of the club.
"It provides communication for members and students to other parts of the world," he said.
THE CLUB, which uses transmitting equipment in Learned Hall, may not be the biggest organization on campus, but it has a wide reach.
Through their radio equipment, club members are able to talk to other ham operators around the world.
Membership has varied from five to 30 members, Moore said, depending on the amount of publicity that the club receives at the beginning of each semester.
"There are quite a few faculty and staff members who are licensed ham operators, and I don't even think they know we have the club," Moore said.
"If more people know about it when they first get here, we tend to have a lot more participation," he said.
A LICENSE is required to use ham radio equipment, but club membership is open to anyone interested in amateur radio.
Moore said the club has four purposes:
To provide communication.
To provide emergency communication services, if necessary.
Recreation for licensed ham operators on the KU campus.
To spark interest in radio communications and equipment.
He said that one of the more practical advantages of the club is allowing foreign students to communicate with their families back home.
"We have a few Latin American students who use the equipment to call home," Moore said.
"Their families have radio equipment at home and they are able to talk for hours without the cost of the telephone," he said.
Moore, 67, who is director of the university's remote sensing laboratory, has been a licensed ham operator for more than 50 years.
He has used ham radio equipment while conducting radar-sensing research at the South Pole.
"It's not like they have telephone lines in Antarctica," he said.
BILL RUBIN, a KU engineering student and president of the club, notes another benefit of ham radio.
Amateur radio, he said, enables listeners to hear what's going in political hot spots around the world. That was evident a few months ago when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
"In the spring, you could hear what was going on with the resistance in Kuwait," he said.
"Amateur radio operators can tell you what's going on in almost any part of the world, even if other communication is cut off," Rubin said.
He also said the club offers a type of cultural exchange.
"It's nice because you're able to talk to people of other cultures, and learn about other cultures that you normally wouldn't be able to."
Rubin said a meeting for anyone interested in the club is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 20 in Room 1014 of Learned Hall.
Equipment demonstration and communication with operators in other parts of the world will be conducted at the meeting, he said.
For more information, contact Rubin at 832-2427.