Can I use an amateur radio for a science fair? If so, do I need to prove that I have an active license?

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    I certainly see no reason that Amateur Radio, per se, would be disallowed. Your question raises suspicions... do you NOT have a license? – mike65535 Jul 12 at 19:12
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    Whether you can is up to applicable laws and rules. Please edit your question to specify your location in the tags (e.g. united-states). (And of course it's partly up to the science fair itself, but you're going to have to ask them yourself.) – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jul 12 at 19:17
  • @mike65535 His call is KM6MCM (Technician). He posted his call in another question. – Mike Waters Jul 12 at 19:38
  • Stanley, may I suggest that you at least put your callsign in your user profile. And if you follow what Kevin said, then we can reopen your question and answer it. – Mike Waters Jul 12 at 19:43
  • Never mind, I just approved your edit and reopened it. :-) – Mike Waters Jul 12 at 19:44

The short answer is probably. Since amateur radio is a scientific hobby, that would be a great science fair project.

You should check with the science fair administrators before you do a lot of preparation, but I cannot fathom why any science fair would reject an amateur radio exhibit. I suggest you make certain that you present your exhibit as scientific somehow, and not just present it as (for example) "Hey, I can talk to the local net, and that's fun", or present it only from the aspect that hams sometimes use it to provide a public service (like storm spotters, or disaster communications when no telephones are working).

In any case, bring a copy of your license. You can print it from the ULS page, I believe. My wife and I keep a copy of our FCC licenses with us at all times.

  • When I was in 7th grade (before I became an ham), I built an AM transmitter for the school science fair. Won first place. :-) But you wouldn't have to do anything that complex. – Mike Waters Jul 12 at 20:13
  • Nice! Did you make it to regionals? – itisyeetimetoday Jul 12 at 23:54
  • I am trying to make an emergency packet mesh networks, hence the question you may have seen me ask. – itisyeetimetoday Jul 12 at 23:55
  • @itisyeetimetoday In 1966 for that event, there were no regionals. – Mike Waters Jul 12 at 23:59

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