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W9GRS: From Room 104 to the World !

WATSEKA -- Mr. Simpson.  That’s Troy Simpson, an 8th grade science teacher who readily admits he takes learning beyond the classroom.

And his amateur radio handle, W9KVR, is spanning the globe along with his junior-high science students on W9GRS.  Students at the Glenn Raymond School in Watseka are active members of Simpson’s Science Club, which just a few short years ago celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Today, the School Club Round-Up  (SCR) has students excited with amateur radio; the young Hams reaching far and wide with radio waves to make contacts across the world.  Simpson says “the world’s a wave-length away and he loves bringing technology into his lesson plans.

The big reward is the September issue of Monitoring Times magazine, featuring Simpson’s “Amateur Radio in the Classroom” article, which ties nicely to the Iroquois County Amateur Radio Club (ICARC)…….

The support from the Unit Nine School administration and the local Ham radio club has stirred interest from the 6th thru 8th grade students.  Successful grant applications have enhanced the effort with equipment and real-life emergency communications, according to Simpson……….       

94.1 FM, WGFA