McGown Family Endowment, one of several managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation, has generously donated funds to UBarU Camp & Retreat Center to build a Ham radio station including solar panels. Amateur or Ham radio allows users to communicate across town, across the country, and occasionally internationally without the internet or cell phones. Licensed operators can communicate using a variety of frequencies across the radio spectrum. If you tune your radio to some of these FCC-approved frequencies, you can listen in. Under the supervision of our licensed operators, learners will have the opportunity to use and learn more about amateur radio, including newer digital techniques! The solar-powered station includes a tower and antennas and is located near the art barn and observatory and with battery-back-up to the solar array, can operate as a stand-alone, regional communication center during emergency conditions even when the local power grid is down.