Celebrating 100 years, the Ogden radio club continues to grow
With smartphones, apps, and the internet, you might think ham radio is a dying hobby.
No. It’s very much alive and even more and more popular.
In fact, the Ogden Amateur Radio Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary on the air.
We are so excited for our 100th anniversary, ”said Gil Leonard, the club’s centennial events coordinator.
The club was founded in 1921 by Dr William Garner.
We are so excited that our club has its latest call sign, W7SU, ”explained Leonard. “It’s a testament to what he started 100 years ago.
The club now has 170 members, and several new operators signed up last year.
Colleen Pike, 77, started the hobby a few years ago. “No one in the family. No radio background. I’m 77, so 75, I started this, ”she says.
Amateur radio has evolved with technology. Operators are now using digital devices, repeaters and even satellites.
They also enjoy chatting with people from all over the world the “old-fashioned” way.
“With some of the antennas I built, I was able to talk to Russia,” said Gene Morgan, a ham since 1977.
I was able to speak in Japan and Australia the whole time.
Amateur radio operators play a vital role in major events and even disasters. Gil Leonard recalled how the hams escalated during the Magna earthquake and the recent windstorm in Farmington: “They set up their stations and filled those communication gaps so emergency responders could focus. where they were needed most. ”
The Ogden Amateur Radio club has several events and activities planned for their centenary celebration. Check out their website for more information and how to become an amateur radio operator.