It's my pleasure to let you know that K9MCE's Technician class
and sponsorship of North Mac Middle School's Com-Tech class was
a huge success. It took a couple of tries, but the ham radio
community now has six newly licensed radio amateurs! They
passed their FCC Element 2 exam on Saturday November 15th and
their calls were posted on the FCC website on Tuesday, November
Debbie and I are proud to introduce these new hams:
Jake, KD9CLK (he was licensed about two weeks earlier)
These young men span 5th through 8th grades. Please welcome
them to ham radio.
A few of these youngsters have HTs and the
rest will have their HTs by next week. They are already "radio"
I bet you've noticed a big increase in activity on Skip's
repeater; especially, in the afternoons and early evening after
school hours! Debbie and I have taught them proper radio
protocol, but theory is one thing and putting it to practice is
another. Please be patient with them and please, please welcome
them to our hobby.
Now that they are licensed, the real work of encouraging them
and nurturing their interest is ahead for all of us! It stands
to reason that Skip's repeater is the major attraction (wasn't a
repeater a big deal for all of us when we first licensed?), but
rest assured that over the next few weeks, Debbie and I will
also be extolling the virtues of simplex communications.
Their enthusiasm and young age makes them fun. When's the last
time that you've heard so much enthusiasm about and on ham
radio? The magic of making a two-way contact is not lost with
these young men!
With proper guidance and nurturing from all of us, I wonder what
doors and career paths will be opened for this group of
Jim, N9LQF, Mark, WD9HBF and John, W9KXQ are wonderful ham radio
ambassadors for youth. They, like Debbie and I, believe that
modeling is one of the best teaching tools available and
youngsters learn quickly with good role modeling. Trust me that
these youngsters care about learning, but sometimes their
enthusiasm borders (heck, who am I kidding, it exceeds)
Please be patient when some of them when they state, "I am
turning off the radio," and then less than a minute later only
to key up the repeater and say, "This is KD9XXX monitoring." It
won't be long before they become "seasoned" hams. In the
meantime, they love to erect antennas and to string out coax and
I am so looking forward to Field Day set-up with this crew!
Again, thank you for your patience and your indulgence as we
continue to introduce the wonder and splendor of Amateur Radio
to a new set of hams!
73 es GL,
Ron, KO0Z and Debbie, KC9ULA