Northland Pines Amateur Radio Club Submitted: 03/16/2018
Story By Ryan Sandberg

Northland Pines Amateur Radio Club
EAGLE RIVER - We communicate everyday through cell phones, texting, and social media.

But a group of students in Eagle River goes old-school with their devices.

It's a club that members want to see grow.

For seventh grader Evan Sievwright the thought of communicating through amateur radio sparked an interest.

"I saw the posters in the hallway and they said that we could work with electronics and talk to people around the country and the world," said Sievwright.

Sievwright signed up for the Northland Pines Amateur Radio Club a few months ago.

For the last few years, a small group of students has been learning to communicate through amateur radios.

"We are now into our third year. We started in the winter three years ago. So it's been going and improving," said Adviser John Bigley.

Although the club is somewhat new to the school, members find it very unique.

"As far as school programs go, there's nothing quite like it. The extracurriculars, there's nothing quite like it that has to do with electronics," said sophomore Nick Lofy.

Students first learn basic soldering skills before moving on to build their own radios.

Then comes learning more about the radios and how to use them.

"They're learning radio parts and basic fundamentals of radio communications and all that leads to them taking their technician test and getting their license," said Bigley.

Once a student passes, they can operate the radios on their own.

Junior Daniel Evensen says aside from the radio aspect of the club, he values the comradery the most.

"I just like the connection that I've made with a bunch of the guys here. With Roger, Nick and Paul and all of them, all of the advisers. I like making those connections and those friends," said Evensen.

A small scholarship is also offered to any senior who has their radio license and has been active in the club for at least one semester.

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