Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world. Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue. Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass. To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson – email@example.com.
Driving Question: How is Amateur Radio still useful in the modern world?
Why I selected the project: I selected this project because of my strong interest in radio technology, and that fact that it is viewed as useless and outdated by most people. I wanted to prove that it still holds an important spot in the world.
Description of the research/conclusion and the product: After spending several months researching, I determined that amateur radio does, in fact, serve a very important role in the modern world. Amateur radio is the main backup for communication for almost all emergency situations that take place. Through organizations, amateur operators are trained and placed at the ready to form a communications network if any emergency occurs. A great example of this is the earthquake that occurred in Haiti some years ago. A majority of the country was left without power and Internet, but the amateur radio operators that arrived were able to set up communications within hours. One other thing that shows its usefulness is modern data networks that can be built using amateur equipment. These networks can allow data transfers to occur at high speeds over large distances. These networks are also what make up the backbone of my senior product. My product is a weather data network that reliably collects weather data from multiple remote towers throughout the county. I was only able to build two of the three planned towers, but I did end up coming across a great opportunity where the City of Conover paid for a third tower to be placed on top of city hall.
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