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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 5. 1965.

The Radio Club

The Radio Club

President: Mr. M. A. G. Burch

Secretary: Mr. D. W. Brown

Since its formation in the second term of last year, the radio club has provided a common meeting ground for electronics enthusiasts to swap ideas There is usually a guest speaker at the monthly meetings, although every third meeting is an open forum for members to exchange ideas and discuss each other's projects, Many of its members are actively engaged in building projects. One member has built himself a complete hi-fi system, personally making everything but the turntable.

Other members have built Very High Frequency transmitters and receivers, a tv set with a round screen and green and white pictures, and a portable transmitter and receiver for search and rescue work. At present work is under way on a receiver for satellite tracking. Several members are interested in radiocontrolled model aircraft, and many are radio hams. The club itself has the Call-sign ZL2AZX, although this cannot be used until sufficient funds are raised to build a transmitter.

Despite its recent formation the club has ambitious plans for the future. It hopes eventually to get a room in the University to house the Official Civil Defence transceiver which is to be used only in a national emergency such as an earthquake. It is written into the club's constitution that it is to set up and maintain an on-campus broadcasting station.

Pending approval from the University, the Club also hopes to assemble and install an intercom system for the Little Theatre. If it finds that sufficient people are interested, the Club proposes to run a course on amateur radio. At the end of the course successful students will have their Amateur Radio Certificate enabling them to be official radio hams.

Although this is a moderately specialised club, its members are always willing to help those who have an interest in electronics but little knowledge of the subject, and new members are very welcome.