Free Amateur Radio Kid's Day 2012 - Jan 8th

Event: ARRL/LAARC "Kid's Day"
When: Sunday January 8, 2012, 12:00 noon til 6pm,
Where: Darien Town Hall, N2826 Foundry Rd., Darien, WI, 53114
Sponsor: Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club and the American Radio Relay League
Cost: Free   (donations accepted but not expected)

The Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club (LAARC) is sponsoring the Amateur Radio Relay League's Kid's Day event for south-central and southeast Wisconsin.

Kid's Day is an on-air event to encourage young people (licensed or not) to have fun with Amateur Radio. It is designed to give on-the-air experience to youngsters and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams (amateur radio operators) a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with children.

Amateur radio is a wonderful way to foster interest in science and math in our young people, so we'd like to get the word out to as many families as possible.

The ARRL is the national association for amateur radio, and we think it would be great to share this announcement with the local school districts. A 1-page flyer at bottom of this story can be used.

Amateur radio is involved in a lot of things that are important to our schools these days, namely, math, and science, as well as public service, such as storm spotting/reporting, providing communications support during disasters, and for many community events.  Two specific events that come to mind are the "Fall Color Festival"  bike race in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, and the annual 'Tub Run" motorcycle rally to benefit MD.

What will happen on Kid's Day 

1. We will have at least two 2-meter radios for VHF, and two HF radios up and operating and the public will be allowed to try them out.

2. We will be handing out amateur radio related mini coloring books, Morse code sheets, NATO standard phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie) sheets, and information on how  to contact the local amateur radio clubs.

3. Participants will be given a certificate of participation.

4. We will have multiple club members on hand  (other than the radio control operators) to answer questions.

5. With a little luck, we will have one or more local weather spotter groups on site, and members of your local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) groups as well.

6. Depending on the weather, and radio propagation during the event, we may have an opportunity to contact some amateur radio operators in many locations around the globe.

7. If propagation allows, we hope to reach amateur radio operators in Antarctica, and may have the ability to talk to the International Space Station (ISS) during several passes  that day.

Michel Bartolone, NX9A,
VP, LAARC, Kid's Day Committee Chair,, (262) 210-8652

Kathy Hinds, KC9NKD, Kid's Day Committee Co-Chair,, (262) 473-9120

Kid's Day Flyer

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