Welcome to the homepage for the UMBC Amateur Radio Club, located on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The UMBC radio club exists to explore the ham radio interests of college students at UMBC. You do not need a license to be a member of the club. Please browse our site to learn more about us. Read our blog for a recap of the club's happenings and a summary of our weekly meetings. If you have any questions or want more info about the club, email any of the club officers listed on the left side of the screen.
Weekly meetings are at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays in Tech 2 behind the TRC building.
- The Maryland HEAT Race - Saturday, August 8
The Maryland High Endurance Adventure Test (MD HEAT) is an all-trail running and hiking challenge over 25K (16 mile) and a 50k (32 miles) courses that takes place in the Patapsco Park (Avalon, Glen Artney, Hilton and Orange Grove areas) on Saturday August 8th.
The event typically attracts a several hundred participants to include advanced runners and those who are out simply for challenge. Proceeds support SENS (aging research) and Maryland Parks trail maintenance teams.
The event runs from 0700-1900. CARA operations are anticipated to begin around 0630 and will wrap-up when the last participant crosses the finish line - (anticipate 1600 based upon the 2014 event).
In addition to Net Control at the Start/Finish in the Avalon Area, CARA will support two trail locations that require some hiking and Aid Stations at the Hilton, the Swinging Bridge and near Landing Road (some walking/hiking necessary).
- The Patapsco Epic Bicycle Ride - Sunday, August 9
The Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) maintains more than 400 miles of natural surface trails in public parks in our region. Members of MORE contribute over 7,000 hours annually toward this trail maintenance. The Patapsco Epic is a fundraiser mountain bike ride that benefits MORE's trail maintenance activities.
This is a brand new course this year and will have 15, 25, 35, and 50 mile courses. The expected duration is about ten hours.
Our crew will provide communications for the volunteer stations, SAG wagon, and rest areas. Many of the stations can be operated from a vehicle or a very short walk from a vehicle. Those of you who enjoy hiking may be afforded the opportunity to enjoy a short hike to your location.
Most stations can be worked with a handheld. A mast and external antenna is a huge benefit in some of this terrain. All are encouraged to come out as this is a very fun event. There is usually quite the party afterward with New Belgium Brewery in attendance as well as a variety of food trucks.