Members of Solar Car Team Earn Radio License

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Neiman Walker and Cole Brolick, who received their radio license last weekend, give a thumbs up in front of Liberty's Solar Car at the Texas Motor Speedway last summer

Neiman Walker and Cole Brolick, who received their radio license last weekend, give a thumbs up in front of Liberty’s Solar Car at the Texas Motor Speedway last summer

Liberty Christian students have been building solar cars since 2007–2008, and last summer, won third place in the Open Division of the Solar Car Challenge when they raced to Austin.

In these races, the solar car is led by a lead car in front of it and two cars behind it, and the radio system is critical in communicating between cars.

In learning to build their own radios, students earned their Ham Radio License on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Denton Country Emergency Services Center.

Students learned the FCC regulations that cover the amateur radio spectrum, as well as the publicly available electromagnetic spectrum.

“With our licenses, we will be able to use higher quality radios that will allow for enhanced communication during solar car races,” said Solar Car Sponsor Brent Dragoo.

The license and radios will go with the team as it makes plans for the Australia World Solar Car Challenge in 2015.

Students who obtained their radio license were Gabe Bezner, Cole Brolick, Brayden Dragoo, Brian O’Conner, and Neiman Walker.

“I am so proud of our students,” said Dr. Dragoo. “In addition to this license being an asset to our solar car team, it will also be a ‘feather in the cap’ for these students on their college resume.”

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