Aerospace engineering sophomore Jarrod Manning, data science masters student Jorge Garcia, and Dr. Hays placed first in ARRL’s (American Radio Relay League) RTTY rookie roundup competition on August 18th.
The students used the national weather center’s tri-band yagi antenna to make 50 contacts using RTTY (Baudot FSK digital mode). Contacts came from widely varying distances as close as Norman, and as far abroad as Belgium. The competition encourages new amateur radio operators that have earned their license within the previous three years to engage in antenna, propagation, and digital mode studies. ARRL is the primary amateur radio organization in the United States and sponsors many similar competitions throughout the year.