For many years (5 in NM) I have rarely heard any "kids" on 2m, both on simplex and repeaters. So I'm wondering where they are - assuming there are lots of them with licensees. Does anyone have any stats on the percentage of young hams (ages up to high school) that are licensed ? The only time I ever hear any is during Kids Day events and then very rare to hear any licensed kids. I assume lots of kids get their ticket, then loose interest as they grow older. Seems the quickest way (financially) for them to get on the air is on 2m but I never hear any on local/regional repeaters or simplex in the eastern MA area. And that's just boys - I have not heard any girls in this age group here in MA or when I was living in NM for 5 years. Perhaps some young hams out here can come up with some reason(s) why they are not active on 2m in this area?