St. Richard’s Catholic College RSGB Build-a-thon

St. Richard's Catholic College students pictured with HERC members at the end of the AM Build-a-thon class.

St. Richard’s Catholic College students pictured with HERC members at the end of the AM Build-a-thon class.

On Tuesday April 18th, members from the club attended St. Richard’s College RSGB supported Build-a-thon, an event which preceded the ARISS Tim Peake contact event on April 18th. Suffice to say, the students attending the AM and PM classes were full of ‘space-fever’ and ready to get hands-on with the Rodway II receiver and find out more about Amateur Radio.

For those unfamiliar with the Rodway II, it is a an easy to construct beginner level MW/160m receiver. Below is a completed Rodway II.

The RSGB Rodway II MW/180m receiver, a great beginners kit.

The RSGB Rodway II MW/180m receiver, a great beginners kit.

I should mention without further ado, that St. Richard’s College’s lead Science Teacher, Dr. Joolz Durkin was wonderful and generous with HERC members. We were looked after extremely well at the college. Her organisation of college operations and the students was exemplary.

Richard G0ILN, Mike G0JHK, Rodney, Steve 2E0GHX, Phil G3MGQ and Mike M0EDU, arrived at the college bright’n’breezy at 7.30am, and met the college’s Principle, Miss Cronin, and supporting members of staff before the briefing in one of the schools well-equipped laboratories where the Build-a-thon took place.

The AM class ran from 8am to 11am, with the students training for their amateur radio licences, using the construction of the Rodway II receiver as part of their Foudnation licence training requirement, all of which were  constructed and tested successfully.

We broke for lunch to restore ourselves before the PM class which started at around 1pm, and this class was a wonderful challenge as it consisted of a wide age-range of students, and more of them, so it was all hands to battle stations and resulted in the successful construction of many recievers despite only 5 HERC members being present in the afternoon. All of the students who attended the Build-a-thon classes showed great enthusiasm and interest in what they were doing. It was quite humbling to watch some of them solder extremely well after only having a few attempts.

MiKe Senior G4EFO, the RSGB S.E. regional manager was present and provided a useful set of extra hands in the afternoon!

The RSGB Build-a-thon at St. Richard’s Catholic College was undoubtedly a successful event and enjoyable for everyone involved, and doubt we will see Rodway II’s constructed with such gusto for a while. The students were  a delight to work with. We understand through the media’s coverage of the recent ARISS contact at St. Richard’s, a new Amateur Radio club is in the making at the college, known as StAR (St. Richard’s Amateur Radio) club which, led by Dr. Joolz  Durkin, will provide St. Richard’s College students with all the resources they need to become active and skilled licenced amateurs of the future.

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