Year 7 student gains licence to transmit

12 year-old Daniel Humphries, a Year 7 student at the Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent in Tunstall, has become the latest pupil from the school to gain an amateur radio transmitting licence.

Daniel has been studying a Foundation Amateur Radio course throughout his first year at the Academy, during the Friday afternoon 'curriculum enrichment' lessons.  The course is run by Head of Mathematics Tom Read who himself holds amateur radio callsign M1EYP.

Daniel now has the callsign M6HCD, and is able to transmit with up to 10 watts of power throughout the HF and VHF radio spectrum.

The course has been well-supported by local amateurs in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as some of Tom's contacts within the Summits on the Air (SOTA) awards programme, and this has provided for much of the radio equipment in use.  Daniel now has use of a Wouxun 2m handheld transceiver to kick off his radio amateur hobby, this being one of the radios donated to the project by benevolent amateurs.