Houston Area Middle School Receives ARRL ETP Station Grant

The Thornton Middle School Wireless Technology Club (KF5NZD) is a recipient of a 2012 ARRL Education Technology Program (ETP) station grant.

Through the grant program, the school club has received a Yaesu FT897 all band/all mode radio, a Power Werx 30 amp power supply, a Butternut HF9V vertical antenna, 300 feet of LMR400 coax, and 10 – PL239 connectors.

Tom Maxwell (AE5QB), the club sponsor and 7th grade math teacher, says, “We are very excited about this opportunity.  Having a high quality station available to our students will provide them with the opportunity to experience the same thrill of amateur radio that all hams have experienced at one time or another.  My goal is to engage students in hands-on technology and to plant the seed of amateur radio in as many young people as possible.  We are very grateful to the ARRL for sponsoring this program and to the many individual and corporate contributors who make these grants possible. Look for our students on the air during the upcoming School Club Roundup in October.”

Thornton Middle School is part of the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.  The school is located in Katy, TX, west of Houston, TX.  The school club is sponsored and supported by the Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS), Katy, TX.  KARS members provide much appreciated technical and educational support to the school amateur radio program.

The school club is in need of financial support.  All donations are very welcome and appreciated.   Please contact Tom Maxwell at THOMAS.MAXWELL@cfisd.net.

(Submitted by Tom Maxwell, AE5QB)

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