Amateur Radio Youth Programs at the Huntsville hamfest
- Here's some more information about youth activities at the hamfest in
Huntsville, Alabama. This is from Rebekah "Dorff" Williams - WG4Y,
ARRL Alabama Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities.
This year the ARRL is having their National Convention at the Huntsville
Hamfest on Aug 18-19. This means that there will be a large exposition,
expo area set up and we will have an "ARRL Youth Expo and Lounge". This
is going to be a great chance for young hams and non-hams to get together.
ARRL Youth Activities and Youth Lounge - Please come by the ARRL Youth
Lounge to meet and socialize with other youth and young hams. There will
be something there for everyone. We will have snacks, games, crafts,
and lots of prizes. You can also meet this year's "Alabama Outstanding
Youth Ham" and the National Young Ham of The Year. You don't have to be
licensed to come by and join in the fun. Their will be a giant "Alabama
Piglet" walking around that can show you where the booth is located.
Youth Activities and Games - We will have crafts and materials available
to design your own qsl card to display at the table. We will also be
having several games, more may be added later.
Ham Radio Scavenger Hunt - This is where you walk around the hamfest and
try to find hams from five different callsign numbers. We will have
this both days with prizes drawn from the entries.
Ham Radio Jeopardy - You will have five questions that you will walk
around and ask five different hams. You write down their answer and
callsign and then turn in your sheet. We will have this both days and
will have prizes each day drawn from that days entries.
Hourly Prize Drawings - We will have hourly prize drawings. All that
you need to do for this is come by the booth and fill out an entry form.
We will draw for the prizes from those entries.
Fox Hunt - We will have a foxhunt on each day. We will have great
prizes available for the first youth to find the fox on each day bring
your fox hunt grear.
Current List of Prizes:
(3) 5 CD Home Stereo System
Icom V-8 Handheld Radio
Practice Code Oscillators
Magnetism Science Kit
Weather and Climate Science Kit
Davinci's Challenge Game
Chem Lab - Chemistry Set
Smithsonian Emergency Radio
Radio Control Cars
(3) TV Plug & Play Games
(2) Stainless Travel Cups
(2) Calculator/Pen Sets
(2) Travel Computer Mouse
(3) Large World Clocks
(3) Small world clocks
(3) MFJ Dual Band 144/440 MHz Mobile Antennas
(11) MFJ Coffee Mugs
I would like to say a special thanks to ARRL, Huntsville Hamfest
Association and Gigaparts for their very generous donations and
support. I also want to thank Kenwood, MFJ, W4OZK, NN4C and WN4C for
their support and contributions. These events would not be possible
without the support of such generous donors. We are hoping to have
more prizes and sponsors by hamfest. Anyone interested in donating
prizes please contact Rebekah at wg4y@....
All youth 18 and under are eligible for prizes. You must be present to
ARRL Youth Dinner - The youth dinner will be on Saturday, August 18th at
6:00 pm. I have reserved a room at Ryan's restaurant. Parents are
welcome to come, but will be sat at a separate table than the youths.
If you know that you will be coming, please come by the ARRL Youth Expo
Booth and register so we will have a preliminary head count.
Alabama Piglet T-shirts - I have had some "Alabama Piglet" T-shirts
printed and will be selling them for $12 each. I have lots of youth and
adult sizes. The shirts are really cool. You should come by and check
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) These youth will be
coming on Saturday to demonstrate a robot that they are making for this
event. The demonstration will be at the "Youth Expo" on Saturday
morning at 11:00am. BEST is a non-profit, volunteer based organization
whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering,
science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science
and engineering-based robotics competition.
ARRL Youth Calling Frequencies - If you're looking for other youth
during the convention, try calling them on the youth calling frequencies:
145.540 MHz (107.2 Hz CTCSS) primary
146.430 MHz (233.6 Hz CTCSS) secondary
"Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award" will be awarded on Saturday
afternoon. For more info on this year's winner please see the following
Bring a young person to the hamfest and point them to the ARRL youth
For more information about any of this, please contact:
Rebekah "Dorff" Williams - WG4Y
ARRL Alabama Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities
Rt 1 Box 293
751 W Green Street
Marion, AL 36756