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Engineering Students in Belize Receive Introduction to Ham Radio

Engineering Students at the University of Belize have been given an Introduction to Amateur Radio by members of the Belize Amateur Radio Club.

The introduction was held at the University of Belize (UB) Engineering Department in Belize City and included a summary of BARC´s educational goals, a short video, a lesson on ham radio basics (such as propagation and the radio frequency spectrum) and a question-and-answer session.

BARC President Emil Rodriguez, V31ER, encouraged the young students to grasp the opportunities that Amateur Radio offers to expand their skills in their field of study, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technologies.

The introduction represents the first step towards establishing a partnership between BARC and the UB Engineering Department. It is envisioned that through this partnership students will learn specific skills that include building simple antennae, exploring electronic circuits, practicing voice procedures, and learning theory necessary to obtain their ham radio licenses.

Following the BARC Ham Radio introduction, students and staff members expressed their intention to establish a UB Amateur Radio Club shortly.

The establishment of a permanent Ham Radio station at the UB Engineering Department would be a first and could greatly enhance the educational capacity of the institution. It would also allow students to contribute to their community by engaging in emergency radio communications during hurricanes that affect Belize.


BARC Certificate 2017 features Altun Ha

Members of the Belize Amateur Radio Club will be pleased when they receive their 2017 certificate that features the ancient Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.

Altun Ha is one of Belize´s top tourist destinations and the site offers a unique insight into the Mayas who occupied that area for many centuries; from about B.C. 900 to A.D. 1000.

The ruins are located on the north-central coastal plain of Belize about 30 miles (50km) north of Belize City and about 6 miles (10km) west of the shore of the Caribbean Sea. While the site was in existence for centuries, it did not come to the attention of archaeologists until 1963. Since then it has come under official management and regular tours are available to the adventurous at heart.

The BARC Membership Certificate for 2017 features the largest of Altun Ha’s temple-pyramids, which is the “Temple of the Masonry Altars”. It rises about 54 feet (16 m) high.

Along with the certificate, full members will also receive an official BARC t-shirt.