Local Children Schooled on Technology of Amateur Radio at St. Columbkille Summer Camp

Seventh and 8th graders attending the St. Columbkille Summer Program at Boston College were given a hands-on demonstration on the science of ham radio, an old technology that has been re-invented by the Internet.

The demonstration was led Phil Temples, a systems administrator in the Computer Science Department at Boston College, Eric Falkof, a Hewlett-Packard engineer, and Bob Salow, a retired engineer.

Temples, a licensed amateur radio operator since 1970, has taught disabled persons the empowerment of ham radio communication. “If you are a disabled person living in a small apartment or condominium and you don’t have room for antennas, you can actually fire up your computer and wind up coming out over the radio somewhere.”

The amateur radio demonstration was just one the activities of the St. Columbkille Summer Program at Boston College, a day camp that since 2003 has offered academic, enrichment, and recreational activities for youngsters ages 3-13 residing in Allston-Brighton and beyond.