Club Meeting

This Thursday, November 2nd, we will be holding our next club meeting in the UC Pisgah Room (322) starting at 7PM Eastern Time.

Unfortunately, this meeting is limited to 8 attendees so we will also be hosting a Zoom virtual meeting linked below.

We will be going over basic ham terminology!

We hope to see y’all either in person or virtually!


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 722 0240
Passcode: qUBdt9

Balloon Launch Moved to WCU

The Balloon Launch tomorrow will now take place at WCU’s Apodaca Terrace instead of the Balsam Building at SCC’s campus. This stemmed from an unforeseen complication. Communications will take place as needed on the NC-PRN DMR Network. More information is available on this network at

Michele, KK4NRB Sent out this notice detailing the upcoming flight-

“We are very excited to fly Saturday for the annular eclipse.  We will be launching from the Apodaca terrace, and not SCC (a last minute redirection) and trajectories are showing impact near Polkville, NC.  You can follow online on and enter the callsign of “W4WCU-11”  We will lift-off between 11-11:30am.

Our goal is to provide a verified vessel for atmospheric research in our region, and since this project is multidisciplinary, there are many avenues for you to participate in – from amateur radio for tracking and recovery, programming of onboard payload sensors, data extrapolation, technical writing, media communications to project management.  For those interested in the graphics of data representation or image editing, there are plenty of opportunities to dive in and analyze data, manipulate our images and showcase what Catamounts are capable of-  Stay tuned for a flight report!”

An info & track booth will be available at the prior scheduled launch site at Southwestern Community College (Balsam Building) to discuss the Amateur Radio Hobby and it’s roll in the project as well as show live positioning of the balloon. Much thanks to the Jackson County Amateur Radio Service for heading up this portion of the project!

Upcoming Events-

We have several upcoming events outlined below- we hope to see you at our demo day, and our club meeting- and more!

OCTOBER 11, Wednesday: On the Lawn! We will be back on the UC lawn all day, and have a “Get on the air” station or two setup for you and others to experience the fun of Amateur radio, come by- make a contact, and have some fun! If you believe you know of anyone else who may be interested in the hobby/club/technology – this is a great opportunity to bring them out! 

OCTOBER 12, Thursday: CLUB MEETING! 7:00 PM: We will be meeting in the Raleigh Room @ 7:00PM. The Raleigh Room (Room 226) is located inside the UC. We will be forming a club roster, finalizing other club decisions to kick us off, and going over the very basics of Amateur Radio- and answering your questions. Please come join us, and feel free (encouraged!) to bring anyone with you who may be interested. You do not have to be a licensed operator to be a part of the club!! 

OCTOBER 14, Saturday: Balloon Launch! 11:30AM: Balsam Building parking lot @ SCC. Apodaca Science Building @ WCU’s campus. We expect to launch between 11:00 & 11:30.  

NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21, Tuesdays: Amateur Radio Technician Course: 6PM-10PM @ Jackson County Rescue Squad. This course is an abbreviated course, with some self study required. We will take a few evenings to go over many things relating to your Amateur Radio Technician Exam, with the goal for you to pass the examination on 11/21. The Rescue Squad is located at 327 County Services Park, Sylva NC. (Turn left at Ingles again, before you get to the roundabout, County Services Park is on your right, across from the ECU dental school at the end of the road). If you are unable to arrange transportation, please let us know!