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Electrical Engineering 84, Section 2
Hands-on Ham Radio (2 units, P/NP)
Professor Michael Lustig
Monday 10:00-12:00, 531 Cory Hall, Class number: 46392

Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment. Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.

The role of amateur radio has obviously changed with the presence of the internet. Remarkably, amateur radio today offers unique opportunities and capabilities due to its independence on commercial infrastructure. For example, it is a legal ground for hands-on experimenting with wireless communication technology and it allows communication in emergencies and from remote areas.

What can you do as a ham?

*Talk to people (near and far)
*Build stuff (amps, sdr’s, antennas, receivers)
*Emergency communications (emcom)
*First person view (FPV) vehicles (drones) at much higher power
*Hit satellites, moon, meteors, airplanes (with radio waves! … not
something else)
*Digital communication with Automatic Positioning and Reporting
System, packet radio
*Use Repeaters covering Bay-Area, California and the United States'
mesh networks

In the seminar we will learn about ham radio and experience it. The idea is that students will be able to take the ham licensing exam and become licensed radio operators at the end. Each student will also get to keep a VHF/UHF handheld amateur radio at the end of the course.

Michael (Miki) Lustig is an Assistant Professor in EECS. He joined the faculty of the EECS Department at UC Berkeley in Spring 2010. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2002. He received his Msc and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004 and 2008, respectively. His research focuses on medical imaging, particularly Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and very specifically, the application of compressed sensing to rapid and high-resolution MRI, MRI pulse sequence design, medical image reconstruction, inverse problems in medical imaging and sparse signal representation.

Faculty web site: http://www.mlustig.com

Quotes from students in Fall 2015 seminar:

"You will learn about how radio works and you get exposed to ideas that will let you create antennae and entire radio stations."

"Miki Lustig is very passionate about ham radio and is a great teacher. He makes the course interesting for everyone since his demos cover a wide range of applications."

"Never doubt the exceptional things you can build with basic supplies, Google, and a bit of knowledge and interest."

"The course is fun, hands-on, and laid back, so it is an opportunity to learn without being stressed for grades."

"It might not sound too interesting at first but once you learn about it, it could become your favorite hobby."

Quotes from students in Spring 2015 seminar:

"It definitely helped me get to see Miki as a person instead of as a scary professor. I liked the small class setting."

"HAM radio is an interesting topic that has a role in EE history even today."

"Professor Lustig is very down-to-earth and accessible in presentation style. He welcomes questions and relates to students."
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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