The Gator Amateur Radio Club, has many Activities; educational, radio operation, and social. All UF students and faculty are invited to attend. Operation of the W4DFU station requires an FCC license, easy to obtain, and we help students obtain one for free!
Our social activities include: annual a kick-off the school year social, homecoming BBQ and Fox Hunt (find a hidden transmitter on campus), monthly station nights, open houses before each home Gator Football game, Homecoming parade float, UF-GA member-Alumni football watching get-together, a holiday/Christmas party and a year-end awards banquet. We often socialize on the air with other colleges, see UF vs. U Tenn 2010 pre-game Sprint
Our educational activities include: learning about satellite/space communication, books on loan, hand-held radios on loan for getting acquainted with our W4DFU on-campus repeater, emergency communication training, guest lecturers, antenna construction/installation, assistance with class projects related to communication, and help with obtaining a license.
Live radio operation activities include: High Frequency International Communication in voice, morse code and digital modes such as PSK31; Connecting local VHF repeater networks through the Internet using Echolink and Wires II; APRS, the Automatic Position Reporting System and our own local APRS digipeater to track your location via ham radio using GPS; Satellite operation with our own Gator Nation Earth Satellite station; and much more! See our logbook files for stations contacted!