Austrian national amateur radio society ÖVSV reports the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology granted Martin Rafenstein OE3RQA an exception to enable students to use amateur radio
A translation of the ÖVSV post reads:
Under supervision and guidance of experienced radio amateurs, pupils of the fourth year of the higher technical college for electronics and technical informatics of the Technological Museum of Technology (TGM) Vienna XX were able to gain their first experience in the field of amateur radio on Friday, January 17th, 2020.
For this purpose, the teachers had invited a guest lecturer from the Austrian Experimental Broadcasting Association, Martin Rafenstein (OE3RQA).
In addition to his experience and expertise, he also brought a lot of amateur radio devices with him as illustrative material.
After a general introduction to the topic, the students were then shown and demonstrated selected amateur radio components (radio devices, antennas, cables, measuring devices). With the simplest of means, a short-wave antenna (homemade) (so-called “Bazooka”) was then hung up in the laboratory to give the students a clearer understanding of the experimental character of this hobby.
The highlight of this afternoon, however, was undoubtedly that, in the course of a certificate of exemption granted by the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology – so-called “speech freedom” – under the amateur radio call OE20TGM that had been set up especially for this afternoon, pupils were even able to talk to any amateur radio operator.
Under the supervision of the authorized persons, extremely nice radio conversations with several radio amateurs from Vienna and Lower Austria came about.
Some of the remote stations were themselves graduates of the TGM and were pleased about the direct conversation with technically interested young people who came into contact with the medium of amateur radio for the first time.
The event ended with a demonstration of voice and data connections between the Internet and amateur radio.
Here the students got an impression that the classic, traditional “analog” radio world has long since grown together with the digital world that you seem more familiar with.
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