Kids Amateur Radio Field Day
ARRL Kids Day aims to encourage young people (licensed or not) to have fun with amateur radio, promising "on-the-air experience to youngsters." Presentations for those seeking to learn about amateur radio (9am), on-air transmissions (11am).
- When: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.
- Where:9310 Fanita Parkway Santee, CA , Santee, 92071
Kids day was held at Santee Lakes for the Amateur Radio Club of El Cajon. We had the use of our beautiful 100ft high Tower on the Tower Trailer, which we put a TH-2 on. A tribander at 100ft really commands the band!
I came back here to work and brought over the Heathkit SB-230 Kilowatt to use with the Kenwood TS-830S. Now we have a very respectable station for the kids to have a great time on. And did they ever!!!
Lots of contacts were made!
here you can see the mighty Tower Trailer base , and on the table the radio equipment.
The trailer also had a 5KW generator on it!
Everyone had a great time! Next weekend is Field Day in the same spot!
(But we won't be able to use the SB-230 KW, HI!)
One of the exciting moments in the day came when a Lady stopped by and said her elderly father was a ham. he lived up in Idaho. She called him up on the cellphone and we coordinated frequency to work each other. Once hooked up (Kinda cheating to use a cellphone as a liason, but this was important!) Mom and her kids all got to talk to grandpa over the radio. He was running a Kenwood analog TS-520, with the dial out of cal, so it took a long time for him to find us. But with the KILOWATT, we had a clear frequency and held it down until he found us. All the kids and mom were very excited to talk to Gramps over the air. I know they could do it over the cellphone just as easily, but doing it over HAM RADIO was even more exciting! That made their day!