On Sunday, January 6, 2013, Whitewater Emergency Management hosted a local event of The American Radio Relay (ARRL) League’s Kid's Day. The event took place from 12PM until 6PM at the Cravath Park Lakeside Pavilion, located at 341 South Fremont St., Whitewater, WI. Whitewater is a StormReady® community.
Kid's Day was an on-air event to encourage young people, licensed or not, to have fun with Amateur radio. It was designed to give on-the-air experience to youngsters and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It was also intended to give older ham radio operators a chance to share their station and love for amateur radio with children.
Besides achieving their first radio contact with another amateur radio operator, potentially anywhere around the globe, children, parents, and anyone interested had access to informative literature on ham radio, Morse Code, Severe Weather Spotting, preparing for severe weather, and the National Weather Service.
Below are two images with several embedded pictures of Kid's Day activities in Whitewater. Click on each image for a larger version.
Radio contacts were provided by the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club and Jefferson County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (JefCARES), as well as assistance by Lake Area Amateur Radio Club (LAARC). JefCARES and Walworth County had their communications trailer on site for viewing, along with a demonstration of amateur radio TV. Local hams provided Morse Code demonstrations.
Two severe weather spotters from Whitewater’s Severe Weather Spotters network answered questions from kids and adults of all ages. Along with that, MASA, the Milwaukee Area Skywarn Association, provided education literature, as well as a representative who helped answer questions.
Two slide shows were made available for viewing: one of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, and another one entitled "Preparing For Severe Weather." Additionally, there were examples of metal structural connectors mounted on wood-on-wood framing joints for attendees to handle and see how a building can be made more wind resistant.
Newspaper reporters came from the Daily Jefferson County Union and Whitewater Register.
Kapela, WFO Milwaukee/Sullivan