Record Numbers at Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club Licensing Exam

October 15, 2010

On Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club (CPARC) hosted their quarterly Amateur Radio License Testing Session, where a record 53 new ham radio operators passed their exams to gain a Technician Class License.  Breaking their previous high of 38 licenses, in Fall 2009, the club set a new record in hosting San Luis Obispo County's largest Amateur Radio License Testing Session.  These 53 new operators (in addition to 5 who upgraded their license class to General) will join the other 700,000+ hams in the US in providing volunteer and emergency communications support for everything from local bike rides and parades to disasters such as the Haiti earthquake earlier this year.

These ground-breaking numbers are largely due to the Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Department's renewed support of engineering clubs this year.  Marcel Stieber (K16QDJ), CPARC President and 4th year EE major remarks, "The EE Department has been fundamental in making clubs, like ours, successful this year.  It's been great to have such strong support from the school."  Dr. Dennis Derickson (ACOP), newly appointed EE Department Chair, is just as excited to get students more involved, "It's been wonderful to give students access to such a great hobby that really exemplifies Cal Poly's Learn By Doing Philosophy."  CPARC members are regularly getting their hands dirty with radios doing everything from retuning input filters on mobile radios and building APRS GPS tracking devices to building direction antennas for the upcoming transmitter hunt.

Founded in 1947, the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club has a long tradition of communications service on campus and in the community of San Luis Obispo. The club maintains Emergency Communications Station No. 16 on the Cal Poly Campus for the San Luis Obispo Emergency Communications Council (SLOECC) which is fuly equipped with emergency power and readio equipment to support their various public safety agencies in the event of a adisaster. The club trains routinely with local agencies inmock-disaster situations and has provided emergency communciations during the Highway 41 fire, the Loma Prieta earthquake, and other disasters both local and statewide.  The club also supports other non-emergency events such as bicycle races, triatholns, and parades including the SLOBC Lighthouse Century and the Avia Wildflower Triathlon.  For more information about the club please visit or email