1st Grade Geography and Ham Radio – KPACS2020

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Richardson Wireless Klub hosted an educational net on the club’s UHF Fusion repeater where area schools were invited to check in and “tour the world”. This was the first in a series of weekly nets where Philip Cook KA5GKL the net control operator will use the repeater’s WiresX network to link to a different country’s room or node corresponding to that week’s geography lesson and call CQ asking for stations who are willing to talk to students about ham radio.

Philip said “This week the kids studied Canada so we linked into the CQ-Canada room and Jack Olsen VE7GDE answered our call.”

“The kids were grinning ear to ear as we looked on our map for British Columbia.”

“Gus, 5, said “he talks just like us!”  Next week is France, he’ll enjoy the accents.”

“They all told Jack their names and learned that it was raining near Vancouver but they told him it was clear here. Ella, 6, didn’t understand how it could be raining there but not here…learning in action.”

This week three students braved the microphone and Philip held the microphone; next week they’ll practice pushing the PTT before speaking and holding it until they’re done. The idea is to get them interested in not only geography but amateur radio as well and start teaching some good operating practices (like speaking one at a time).

Initial input from parents is that the students were still talking about it when they went home and thought is was “really cool” and we “talked to someone far away.”

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I am also distracting myself from what can be an all encompassing disease by being in the ham radio hobby. I got my first license back in 1980 when morse code was a requirement. I got my second-level license, allowing me to talk on the air, in 1983. I then did little participation (just renewing my license every 6 years) for 30+ years. Looking for something to take my mind of my disease, I joined the Richardson Wireless Klub (K5RWK.org) and upgraded my license to the third-level, the “General” license which allows me to talk to other hams around the world not just around town. My callsign is KA5GKL. If you are a ham you can find me in the Richardson area on 147.120+PL110.9 or 444.725+PL110.9 or if you’re not in Richardson use WiresX and connect to the K5RWK-ROOM.

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