Modern Applications of Amateur Radio

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NDSU Dolve Hall

Modern Applications of Amateur Radio

Presented by Jake Bechtold, K0RQ


This presentation will demonstrate to attendees how Digital Communications and Voice Over IP technology has advanced Amateur Radio in recent years. Topics of discussion will include Yaesu System Fusion, D-STAR, APRS, and AREDN, as well as how Amateur Radio can be used to advance career opportunities.


Jake Bechtold is a Broadcast Engineer in the Fargo-Moorhead area, having been with Radio FM Media in Fargo for 10 years and is currently an engineer for over a dozen radio stations in the Red River Valley. He attended NDSU and graduated with a BS in Broadcast Journalism in 2012. He is certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and is recognized as a Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE), a Digital Radio Broadcast specialist (DRB), and a Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT). Bechtold oversees three HD Radio stations in the Fargo-Moorhead market and is the only DRB certified Broadcast Engineer in North Dakota and Minnesota. Bechtold is also an avid Amateur Radio enthusiast, with focus on digital and VHF/UHF communications, and implementation of the Red River Radio Amateur’s AREDN network.

Parking and Location

Parking in the NDSU Visitors (E) Parking Lot is free after 4:30 PM. Directions for this parking lot are available throughout the NDSU campus. The room Dolve Hall 10 is in the lower floor of Dolve Hall, which is a building in Centennial Blvd. that is close to the Visitors Parking Lot. Dolve Hall (Mechanical Engineering) is the Building #18 on this map

About this Seminar Series

The Ham Radio Seminar series is sponsored by the NDSU Amateur Radio Society

Please contact Ivan T. Lima Jr, , for more information.