HAM Radio Display on View in the LRC
SFCC employees are encouraged to stop by the Learning Resources Center and check out a new amateur (HAM) radio display arranged by Dr. Randy Payne, reference assistant. The display features books and photographs on HAM radio as well as equipment including three different types of radios: a home radio, a mobile/car radio, and a hand-held radio from Dr. Payne’s collection.
Dr. Payne was introduced to HAM radio by his brother when he was in middle school. “People do a lot of different things with HAM radio,” Dr. Payne said. “Some people just like to use them to talk to other people, some build their own equipment, and some like to restore old equipment. HAM radio even has its own satellites that NASA launches for us.” Dr. Payne uses his HAM radio skills to volunteer with the Highlands County Emergency Operation Center. During hurricanes, he provides back up communication from the hurricane shelters to the emergency center.
“It’s my hope that someone will see the display and become interested in HAM radio and come and talk to me about it,” Dr. Payne said.
“We put up these different displays because we like to highlight SFCC employees’ hobbies or skills,” said Lena Phelps, lead librarian. “They are a good way to showcase everyone’s talents.” The display is located on the first floor of the LRC and will be available to view through October.