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Activity increase for young people in amateur radio

Date : 09 / 11 / 2005
Author : Chris Jones - VK2ZDD

Around 30% of the people who are studying for the new Australian Foundation licence are 18 or under and it seems like world wide the number of young people attracted to the hobby is growing. The following two items may be of interest for those to young people trying to find other young people interested in the hobby.

John Schurman, AA7UJ reports that IRLP Node 3978 in Seattle, WA is the primary repeater for a group of kids from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. One of the teachers, Dave Condon KI7YP, is responsible for bringing more than 400 new hams on the air with his program for ham radio. They also have worked with ICOM to produce a couple of ham radio comic books. Give them a try sometime.

Peter Treadwell, G7PCT in the UK is a schoolteacher and is teaching ham radio to two classes of 20 plus 14 year olds. He is interested in finding similar groups and would like to make on air contact with them. Peter can be found on IRLP node 5350. Time Zones might be a problem his classes in radio are on Fridays at 9.45 to 10.35 and 14.35 to 15.25 UTC.


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