Another thread has some comments about how to get kids interested in ham radio. Thought about how I first got interested and it required a little thinking. My Dad got me a Knight Ocean Hopper Kit (Regen) at age 9 and that was probably my first introduction. A little later he got his license, so I had someone to watch and teach me. However, even earlier I had parents that saw nothing wrong with me taking apart radios/TV, playing with high voltage, shooting TV CRTs with a gun, and building various home brew "things." They really freed up my imagination and talent. They were great parents. We didn't have much, but neighbors and relatives gave me their old radios/TVs and I'd strip them down, categorize the parts in cigar boxes, and learned all about the parts. I kept everything down to wire and terminal strips. All became parts for my projects, including my electric mousetrap. So the seed for my fascination with electronics and communications was actually before age 9. In my case, it was a combination of very early interest in electronics and encouraging parents. I was a self starter and never had an outside influence to get me involved with electronics/ham radio. Electronics and ham radio have been great to me, and I was involved with it through out my life, from military, through college, and beyond. Curious how others got started in ham radio as a kid? What were the major influences? Please, no comments about old hams should be dead, they are out of touch, old hams are miserable...you know the stuff.