News History: “GMC Radio Club wants to Grow”

Payton Towns III/ The Union-Recorder Daniel Simpson, president of the Georgia Military College AMateur Radio Club, talks into the transmitter of his radio. The club is sending radiograms to people across the country to draw interest for the club.
Payton Towns III/ The Union-Recorder
Daniel Simpson, president of the Georgia Military College Amateur Radio Club, talks into the transmitter of his radio. The club is sending radiograms to people across the country to draw interest for the club.

I was going through some old files today and came across this image. It reminded me of the story with which it was published, and decided to spend my lunch break today in the Georgia College Library going through Microfilm to see if I could find it. It took me a while, but I was eventually successful. You can either view a PDF of the clipping here, or see my transcription of the text below the fold. 

The Union-Recorder

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Pages 1A, 4A

GMC radio club wants to grow

By: Payton Towns III
The Union-Recorder

Daniel Simpson, president of the Georgia Military College Amateur Radio Club, sits by himself in the corner of the library – but he’s not alone. He can reach out and contact many people from all across the country with his amateur radio.

On Wednesday, he set up in the Sibley-Cone Library at GMC to help celebrate National Library Week with the club offering other students a chance to join them and send radiograms to people across the country.

“We want to raise awareness across campus about this club, recruit new members and serve the community.” Simpson said. “People also can send a radiogram which is a telegram sent by a person with an amateur radio. That’s the easiest way to explain it. (Radiograms) are short and can be sent across the country.”

The club, known as W4GMC, is opened for any student, faculty, or staff at GMC.

Simpson, 20, is a freshman at GMC Junior College. He said the club, which has a few members, recently received their charter. Simpson, or a member of the club, will be at the library from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for those who are interested in joining.

“We’ve had several people come by and talk,” he said. “Several people said they would come back. There has been a pretty good interest in people who have come by here.”

Dr. John Robertson, club advisor, said GMC had a radio club in the past.

“We have been going on and off for many, many years,” he said. “It had lately gone into decline. I decided to help resurrect it. We have a number of young men and women who are interested in the club. They need to take that next step and take a test depending on the license they want. It covers technical, legal and operational methods. This is a great hobby. I hope readers will get interested in it.”

Simpson said he has been working in amateur radios since 1996. He said he has reached as far as the upper mid West.

He got out of amateur radio for a while, but became interested when he started going to school at GMC.

“I like being able to sit down and meet new people,” Simpson said. “The main purpose is community service. If the main form of communication goes down we can help out with emergency services. I just like helping out.”

“This can be fun,” he added. “It can be challenging. After you take the test it’s a way to help others.”

Payton Towns III can be reached at (478) 456-1456 or by e-mail at newsroom@unionrecorder.com.

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