DuBose is the only middle school in the tri-county area that has an amateur radio club. K4DMS is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. K4DMS stands for “Knowledge for Dubose Middle School”. Our motto is “Here we use amateur radio to communicate with others in our neighborhood and around the world”. In 2004, DMS had an exclusive contact with the International Space Station. The following school year, K4DMS was started. Most of our radio equipment was obtained through an “Amateur Radio Relay League’s Big School Grant”. The rest of our equipment has been donated by local hams, many of whom are members of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society, which sponsors us.
During club meetings you will learn how to use our radio equipment to communicate by voice and computer, log contacts, complete qsl cards, practice for licensing tests and make many new friends in new places. Three former club members: Michael Harris, KJ4AIH, Sarah Keene, KI4ZGQ and Billy Thompson, KJ4BNA achieved a Technician Class license.
Each year we participate in the Fall and Spring ARRL National School Club Roundup. The School Club Roundup is a competition between schools to see who can make the most contacts with other schools, other clubs and individuals around the US and the world. We have participated for four years and have placed three years. Contest results are published in the ARRL sponsored magazine, QST.
We have made contacts with many US states, all the Canadian Provinces and many foreign countries including Italy, England, Australia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, the Canary Island, the Azores, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Panama, South Africa and Spain to name a few.