I am currently working on starting a radio club at my local middle
school. I my proposal I am stating the many benefits of amateur radio.
In addition to electronics the students learn Math, Geography, Foreign
language skills, Social skills, and (always an attention getter)
diversity. Studying for their licenses and learning the code give the
students the real self esteem they get from meeting a challenge head on
and being successful. It's also a lot of fun. Good luck with your
Jim Mahoney KB3BYU
SM Troop 107
On Sat, 24 Feb 2001 09:31:11 -0500 ray@...
> Thanks, John, for the supportive comments. I agree.
> Those of us involved in both of these movements
> know how well they belong together, and how
> powerful a combination they can be to advance
> the purposes of each!
> In addition to the points made, eg. a hobby
> a Dad and his Son can enjoy together at a
> critical age in their relationship, I have a
> couple other benefits to offer.
> One is how the verbal communications
> skills of the young men/women are advanced by
> the training and fun of Amateur Radio.
> Train them on all the protocols, and then
> put them on the air with others their age,
> and watch the magic. They figure out how
> to express themselves, verbalize their
> thoughts... and with others their own age
> almost all the aprehension is gone!
> I had one fellow who didn't say a word
> in class, very timid, but he got his licesnse,
> and as soon as he was on the air, WOW
> he was very articulate!
> The carreers in communications, electronics,
> and wireless are endless in this day and age,
> and those of us who are involved in Amateur
> Radio and Scouting really have a treasure
> we need to share more, and make more
> noise about in both circles.
> The Big Project movement of the ARRL
> which is focused on getting Ham Radio into
> the Public Schools is a great idea. But
> I really think we'd get more impact getting
> Hams involved in their local scout troops as well.
> N1RY - Ray Sirois
> > Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 08:45:57 -0700
> > From: n7tek@...
> > Subject: RE: Ham Radio for Scouts and Dads (+ others)
> > Greetings!
> > This is the second time in the last few weeks that I've heard of a
> > here in the U.S. combining the Radio merit badge and an Amateur
> > Technician class for fathers & sons (and anyone else interested).
> > appeals to me for several reasons:
> > 1. The young man earns his Radio merit badge (he's one merit
> badge closer
> > to Eagle).
> > 2. The father & son can earn their Amateur Radio Technician class
> > 3. The father & son spend time doing something worthwhile
> > 4. The father & son develop a common interest that enhances
> > between them which probably will help them build a stronger bond
> > relationship.
> > 5. Fathers & sons that do this will probably participate in the
> > "Jamboree On The Air", "On Target", and other Scouting events and
> may serve
> > to generate interest in others.
> > 6. These fathers & sons may participate in many Amateur Radio
> > like Amateur Radio clubs, ARES/RACES, ERRS, MARA, SKYWARN, etc.
> and help
> > bolster support in disasters or emergencies, parades, or other
> > events as HAM operators.
> > See the following link for a JOTA success story that contains many
> of the
> > things that I have mentioned:
> > http://www.dcarc.net/jota_2000_success.htm
> > Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you! I would
> encourage Amateur
> > Radio organizations (and individual operators) to consider holding
> a Ham
> > Radio class for Scouts and Dads (or perhaps for Daddies &
> Daughters OR Moms
> > & Daughters).
> > 73 de N7TEK - John
> > P.S. Be sure to scroll down and read the email from N1RY - Ray!
> > ______________________________________________
> > John Blackham, N7TEK
> > HOME ADDRESS:
> > 384 N. 75 E., North Salt Lake, UT 84054-2320
> > PHONE: (H)801-295-3036 (W)801-588-1216
> > EMAIL: n7tek@...
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