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AmQRP "Kits for Kids"

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  1. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    The American QRP Club is pleased to announce their first "Kits for Kids"
    project. NorCal has been giving away kits to kids for years at hamfests and
    QRP forums, and we have had a lot of fun doing it. We may have set an all
    time record at Ft. Tuthill by giving away 19 NorCal keyer kits, all to kids
    under 16. We believe that this encourages kids to build and learn about our
    great hobby. One thing that we always do is make sure that there is an
    "elmer" who will help to build the kit in case there are any problems.

    Jim Cates, WA6GER, decided that we need to do more of this, and make it even
    bigger. A few years ago, we did the NorCal 20 "buy one, we will ship one to
    a third world country" kit program. That project is still going on, George
    Dobbs has a basement full of kits that are slowly going out to worthy
    recipitents, and it is working quite well. But when we did that program, we
    received quite a lot of criticism for giving the radios away to third world
    countries, and not helping the young people in our country. So, Jim says
    that it is now time to change that. We pledged to support getting kids
    involved in ham radio, QRP and CW when we formed the American QRP Club, and
    Jim says it is time to start.

    For further details in this outreach and mentoring program:

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