Hidden Valley High School First in the Nation
Hidden Valley High School Amateur Radio Club N4HVH main purpose is to promote and advance the art, science, enjoyment of amateur radio and support students’ development and growth in STEM education subjects. This is our 10th year of operation. N4HVH is also very well supported by the administration, two of which are amateur radio operators; Principal, Mrs. Rhonda Stegall, assistant principal TINA B TURNER KI4BAV and assistant principal Josh J Whitlow KI4HDI our sponsor.
Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club W4CA supports 4 school amateur radio clubs, one of which is Hidden Valley High School Amateur Radio Club N4HVH by providing amateur radio personnel to instruct (students to obtain their licenses, proper operating procedure and oversee students operating the station) and provide support (maintaining the radios, building and maintaining the antennas) for the students. Following members of the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club work primarily with Hidden Valley Amateur Radio Club; Ron Ramsey AB4A as the trustee of N4HVH, with Gary E Yohe AJ4GL and Tom K Wilcox W4TKW as instructors. N4HVH is a member of ARRL (American Radio Relay League) the national association for amateur radio operators in the US. We are part of the ARRL's Big Project (a program which provides new radios and support equipment with a $2,800 grant); all of us at the school are very appreciative of the support by the ARRL. Our school is very active in the School Club Roundup contest twice a year.
In the School Club Roundup contest, we exchange information with club stations that are part of elementary, middle, high schools, or colleges. Non-school clubs and individuals are also encouraged to participate. It is always the third full school week of October Monday through Friday. A station may operate no more than 6 hours out of 24 and may not count more than a total of 24 hours. It is scored by number of stations worked but the stations may be contacted only once each on phone and digital. Count 1 point for each phone contact and 2 points for each digital contact. The multiplier is: Number of U. S. A. States plus Canadian Provinces/Territories plus DX countries; plus 2 times the number of Clubs contacted; plus 5 times number of Schools contacted. The schools get a multiplier of 5, which would make them the most desirable stations to work. The final score is the multipliers times the contact points.
The School Club Roundup is a great way to get young operators on the air. A new operator may be intimidated by not knowing what to say to a stranger on the other side of the radio. The exchange info helps to overcome this fear in a low-pressure contest format. Operators are encouraged to take time to chat beyond the contest exchange. Award certificates will be issued for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Elementary, Middle/Junior High School, High School and College/University levels for USA and DX entries.
Hidden Valley High School placed first in the Nation in the Senior High division with a score of 134,120. By working 40 States, 5 Canadian Provinces, 36 DX countries, 22 clubs, 31 schools.
LBJ High School in Austin, TX placed second with 124,662 and Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, IN placed third with 115,455
Submitted by Ron AB4A