Ham Radio Calls for Engineers Support

Engineers need to weigh in on proposed rule changes on ham radio at the FCC, according to a wireless researcher who got started in engineering thanks to ham radio. As a veteran educator and research center director, I've had the thrill of seeing more than ten generations of students obtain electrical and computer engineering degrees and pursue technical careers around the world. A common trait I've seen in these students has been an appreciation for the engineering process built on integrity, the open exchange of ideas, and accuracy in solving problems.
Many of the students I've had the pleasure of working with became interested in the hobby of amateur radio, also called ham radio. The same hobby led me to pursue a career in electrical engineering. I have always believed that the ham radio hobby has been a vital part of the cultivation of engineering talent around the world. Past great hams who were licensed as teenagers include Frederick Terman, the Stanford Dean who founded Silicon Valley, Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM and superheterodyne, Arthur Collins-the man who created Collins Radio, later Rockwell Collins--and even Joe Walsh, a guitarist in The Eagles rock band.

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