The most important thing is that, for a select group of school students, School Amateur Radio Clubs are a real club: A place to be at lunch time, in a group with similar interests. Everyone in the group is equal. It is not a lesson; there are no exams, but each week there are really cool things to see and do. There are activities to guide them, missions to challenge them and the whole world of amateur radio to expand their horizons.
For principals, teachers and parents: School Amateur Radio Clubs are a free collaboration between educators and amateur radio enthusiasts for the purpose of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to students in an exciting lunch-time activity.
For more information please see our SARC article.
SARCNET is the School Amateur Radio Club Network - an affiliation of like-minded schools who have set up a club. This web site provides a resource for SARCNET members. Anyone can join, receive free information and contribute to this site.
Julie VK3FOWL has set up three primary school amateur radio clubs in Melbourne.
Joe VK3YSP assists with setting up, projects and promoting the clubs.
We both love Amateur Radio portable operation, in parks and on mountain summits.
Thanks to the Wireless Institute of Australia for the following awards.
2014 - The Al Shawsmith Award for journalism for the best non-technical article published in Amateur Radio magazine in the previous calendar year. Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL and Joe Gonzales VK3YSP for “The International Museums Weekend at the Melbourne Museum”. Published in AR magazine, September 2014.
2017 - The Al Shawsmith Award for journalism for the best non-technical article published in Amateur Radio magazine in the previous calendar year. Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL and Joe Gonzales VK3YSP for “ANZAC Day Amateur Radio Special Event". Published in AR magazine, August 2016.
2018 - The President's Commendation Award in recognition of an exceptional or memorable achievement in the calendar year by a radio amateur. Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL and Joe Gonzales VK3YSP for "Promotion of Amateur Radio in schools, engaging youth and school communities, and sharing their projects and findings with the amateur community."
2018 - The Ron Higginbotham Award for service to the amateur radio community. Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL and Joe Gonzales VK3YSP for "The strong promotion of amateur radio to younger people through the School Amateur Radio Club Network program together with their many activities in the broader amateur community encouraging amateurs to engage with youngsters."
For more information about SARCNET please email Julie VK3FOWL or Joe VK3YSP at firstname.lastname@example.org
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