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Welcome to the Pinson Valley High School Amateur Radio Club Webpage! 

Alabama Butter Bean Festival Special Event Station 
The Pinson Valley High School Amateur Radio Club, KN4BBD, operated a special event station portable from the 2017 Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson October 6-7, 2017. Our club operated the festival on Friday, October 6 from 6:00-10:00 P.M. and Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  The festival was enjoyed by thousands and we meet many community stakeholders, parents, alumni, amateur radio operators from the community, and others. Amateur radio operators worldwide made contact with the special event station on the air via SSB voice and FT8 digital mode on these frequencies. We also made contacts via several FM voice repeaters in the greater Birmingham, AL area. Thank you for supporting the special event by contacting us on the air or visiting our site at the festival. QSL Information: For an Alabama Butterbean Festival special event paper QSL card please include a SASE. All amateur radio contacts have been uploaded to QRZ and will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. 

Pinson Valley High School has been selected by the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) U.S. program to move to the scheduling phase toward participating in a scheduled Amateur Radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018.  The equipment plan was submitted and accepted.  For more information click here


Ham Nation Episode 306 06/28/17 Pinson Valley High School on Ham Nation at 54:30 through 56:03. Ham Nation is live weekly on TwiT and on WTWW International Shortwave Broadcast at 8 P.M. CDT Wednesdays. Ham Nation is the the most popular amateur radio show in the United States and has a worldwide following.

Amateur Radio Newsline-Pinson Valley High School 06/28/17 Pinson Valley High School story at 2:17 through 3:50.

Amateur Radio Newsline-Pinson Valley High School 06/23/17 Pinson Valley High School at 7:44. ARN has worldwide correspondents. 

Why Amateur Radio?


Students and Educators

Develop valuable real-world experience with RF electronics and devices

Learn construction techniques and practices

Visualize theory and translate it into practice

Develop experience with antennas and RF propagation from MF through W band

Use amateur radio in support of scientific experiments and data collection

Scholarship opportunities exclusively for students who are licensed amateur radio operators. 

Technical Professionals

Freely experiment with and develop RF technology on your own

Career development experience

Contribute your expertise to public service

Use your skills in an enjoyable hobby

Meetings
We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:15 A.M. in room 212 (English, Mrs. Moore). All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to visit or join the club.

If you have interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), communications, or serving others the Pinson Valley High Amateur Radio Club is the organization for you.

For more information concerning amateur radio at Pinson Valley High School click here to send an email.

Contesting/Gaming

Pinson Valley High School finished 10th in the School Club Roundup  held the week of February 13-17, 2017. Look for us during the Fall SCR the week of October 16-20, 2017. See a club officer, club member, or a teacher in room 212, V-11, or 201A to sign-up.  

Licensing Review
Amateur Radio Technician License Review (Question Pool) Start here-entry level license. 

Study online for the technician license (entry level) using study flash cards, reading the questions, and taking practice tests.  

Amateur Radio License Exam Session
Visit one of the following locations in between classes for more information: Room 201A, 212, or V-11.  
For more information concerning an amateur radio license exam session click here to send an email. The next exam session is tentatively scheduled for (date TBA).
  
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