Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) is a university amateur radio club at the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology located in Socorro, New Mexico. TARA is currently being led by a familiar face, Skyler Fennell KDØWHB of Denver), who is a freshman studying electrical engineering.
One of TARA’s current projects is the construction and operation of a UHF repeater to rally their members on the air, to provide teaching opportunities using their test gear, and to attract other New Mexico Tech students to amateur radio.
On behalf of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, a few members (Alan N5BGC, Dave KB5YIW, Ed KA8JMW, Brian N5ZGT) attended TARA’s monthly meeting to present a Yaesu VXR-5000 UHF repeater and duplexer that RMHAM has donated towards TARA’s repeater project. We look forward to these young hams to do great things with the system (they had it unpacked and on their air in a temporary configuration before the meeting ended!).
Ed, in his capacity as New Mexico Section Manager, also presented TARA’s membership with an ARRL Handbook and General Class study manual. Jim Lommen KC7QY, president of Socorro Amateur Radio Association was also on hand for the repeater presentation.
The ambition these young hams are showing, under Skyler’s leadership, is as impressive as it is rare within amateur radio, and it’s a treat to have them emerging within New Mexico’s amateur radio community.
For more information about TARA, visit http://infohost.nmt.edu/~tara