|Call Used||Category||School/Club Name||Participants|
|N4BCA ||Elementary/Primary School||Burlington Christian Academy||10|
|KJ4UBM ||NC ||Randy Tate |
|Score||CW/RTTY/Dig Qs||Phone Qs||US||VE||DX||Clubs||Schools|
We set up our station in the elementary school lunchroom and was temporary as we had to set up and take down each day including the antenna. This was a good field deployment exercise!
The kids would ask "what is the big antenna for?" The 30 second ham radio elevator speech began. The kids familiar with ham radio would run up to the station and the pile up was for who would be first. Each day the curiosity would build and kids would casually come by the station to see what was up. During the week curiosity gave way to being on the air! As usual, the girls outnumbered the boys. We need to be doing a better job of introducing STEM/STEAM activities to the earlier grades. Planting the fun and confidence "seeds" before the Middle/Jr. High School "culture" takes hold is the key for finding those future technical adults.
Our station was a barefoot FT-450 feeding a 53' inverted V with a home brew 9:1 unun. The antenna apex was about 25'.