The UBC Amateur Radio Society, also known as hamsoc, is one of the oldest clubs at UBC. The club has been traced back as far as 1930s, and likely goes back farther. The club's modern form dates back to the months after the end of the Second World War, when radio amateurs were allowed to return to the airwaves after a wartime hiatus. The club at that time was known as VE7ACS.
Today the club holds the VE7UBC and VA7UBC callsigns, as well as VE7RHS which is used for the two repeaters atop Gage North. The club is currently located on the top floor of the Brock Hall Annex. The three large antenna towers on the roof belong to the club, and allow the club to operate on the 80m, 60m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, 2m, 220, and 70cm bands.
The club is an excellent place for anyone interested in radio communications to learn and obtain their ham radio license. The club has a large network of helpful alumni, and participates in weekly nets to discuss and learn about radio, as well as experiment with RF propagation. All are welcome; an engineering degree is absolutely NOT required! At the time of writing, club meetings are Saturday nights at 7pm, but updated schedules will be posted on the ARS website.