Because we are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion,¬†we encourage¬†our people to create Employee Network Groups. Employees are welcome to use company resources, as well as $500 per year, to form groups based on their personal interests.
From home brewing to hero appreciation, each of CHG's Employee Network Groups provide a way to establish meaningful relationships with co-workers. There are now 30 Employee Network Groups across all of our offices, with more than 800 employees participating.
Each week we'll highlight a different group and what they do to make a difference in our employees' lives and throughout the community.
To kick things off, let's introduce the Amateur Radio Club. Here's what group leader Jim Whitehead had to say.
What's your Employee Network Group about?
The Amateur Radio Club is about amateur radio, or sometimes better known as ham radio. Ham radio is a FCC regulated and license radio operation used for communicating between other amateur radio operators, either locally or around the world.
Why did you start this group?
Our club is here to assist anyone in getting started in amateur radio and to promote amateur radio hobby. You don't have to be licensed to be part of the club. However, you do have to be licensed to operate a ham radio without another ham being there. Recently, a group member obtained his license and had an exciting event when he received a picture sent from the International Space Station through his hand held ham radio.
What is the focus of your Employee Network Group?
We are the people with big antennas on our houses or cars. Ham radio hobby has several branches. Some hams just like to talk to other ham operators. Some like to see how many different locations they can reach. Other hams are in the hobby for the technical side and enjoy building radio equipment. Many hams provide community emergency communications in times of disaster or for the support of public events such as parades or races. Ham radios can't be used for any broadcast radio service like local radio stations. Broadcasting, like playing music, or one-way conversations are strictly prohibited.
The group meet at lunch most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Salt Lake City office. The group is currently constructing its own radio. To get involved or learn more, contact Jim Whitehead.