Amateur Radio Club: Student Org of the Week

What is the name of your organization? Do you go by any nicknames or abbreviations?
The University of Iowa Amateur Radio Club

What is the purpose/mission of your organization?
Our main mission is to get students/faculty/staff licensed to get on the air. We offer classes to prepare people for the Technician exam. We also get together to increase our working knowledge of amateur radio. Our interests range from understanding radio frequencies, soldering skills, international communications, Morse code, software defined radios, and digital mode communications among many others!

What days/times does your organization typically meet? 
Within the first month of the start of the fall and spring semesters, we begin a 10 week course to review exam materials. Our meetings and exam courses are rolled in to one and are Mondays at 7pm in 309 Van Allen Hall.


Why did you personally get involved with this organization? What makes you passionate about this organization? 
“I joined UIARC because radio communication is a really interesting hobby that involves some technical skills and amateur radios can be used to communicate in emergencies.  UIARC was really helpful in preparing me for the exam required to get my Technician license, and the club allowed me to meet other students who had similar interests.  The club’s involvement with other amateur radio organizations in the community has allowed me to participate in many different events and meet new people. UIARC is really fun because it involves the application of technical skills, but people from all different backgrounds can come together and learn how to communicate with each other using radios!”Karolyn Hopfensperger

“Amateur radio drew me in because it’s the useful application of my studies in electromagnetism and antenna theory. As a physics major, joining UIARC let me make the connection between my classes and actual operation and efficient use of amateur radio. The club helped me earn my Technician and General licenses, and introduced me to others who share the same curiosity about radio communications.” Arya Afshari


What social media does your organization utilize? 
We have Facebook.


If a student is interested in joining this organization, how should they go about it/who should they contact?
You could contact us via email ( or find us on Facebook (

Anything else you would like to share?
Our club is open to all members of the university community. We welcome everyone from novices to experienced radio operators. If you have an interest in any aspect amateur radio, contact us via email or Facebook and we can curate our interests and knowledge.

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