Hi everyone, I've had this idea to help promote ham radio among our youth. Every year my children's school send the kids to a one week camp. This camp is way out there and off the grid. They use generators for the camp power and the staff has contact with the outside world via satellite comms. It's located about a 7 hours bus ride from the school. It's a small school so only about 20 kids go each year. Because of the short time they are there and the great distance from town, the camp does not do mail for the kids. So I thought it would be fun to set up a telegraph office at the camp that ran for about 1 hour in the middle of the week. We could make up telegraph cards for parents to fill out and turn into my wife (technician class ham) here in town . During the scheduled hour the telegraph office is open at the camp, she would send the messages on to me via CW HF and I would copy all the messages and print them out on telegrams to be given to the campers. Since my girls go to camp they could get involved working at the telegraph office helping me copy the messages and printing them out on the telegrams and delivering them. This would give the kids a chance to receive short messages from their folks in the middle of the week and it would make a fun showcase of ham radio. When today's youth are separated from the ability to communicate for a week they feel it greatly. One idea I had that would make it even more fun for the kids would be to allow "wire transfers" from the parents. Parents usually send enough money with the children to buy things at the snack bar anyway, but to make the telegrams more interesting, we could let the folks send their kids a little extra money for the snack bar via telegraph. However, I'm hesitant to do this since I'm not sure if it would violate any FCC rules for ham radio. As hams, we would not be making any money, and technically, the children are not making money either. But anytime money and ham radio mix we are getting on thin ice so I thought I'd run the idea past you all.