Kids Day – Saturday, June 19, 2021

Kids Day

Kids Day in June is the Saturday before Fathers Day. It always runs from 2:00pm ET through 7:59pm ET [1800 UTC through 2359 UTC].

Twice a year, in January and June, Kids Day is an ARRL event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share your excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

Operate as much or as little as you like. If you have no kids at your mike, wait until several “CQ Kids Day” calls go unanswered allowing a generous pause to allow other kids to respond. Then you may answer the CQ. Remember this is a kids event, not a contest. Don’t be too brief, make the kids at the other end feel at ease. Stick to the initial script, that’s what they are working from, so you should too.

Scripts

Initial script:
1. Call “CQ Kids Day.”
2.Exchange name, age, locale (in the park), town (New Bedford), county (Bristol), state (MA), and favorite color (black, green, red).
3. It’s okay to work the same station again, if an operator has changed on either side of the QSO.

  • Other items
  • Exchange Grade in school
  • Best subject/favorite teacher
  • Favorite indoor/outdoor activities
  • Let them “rag-chew” as much or as little as they want.
  • Tell them about the equipment that is being used, not too much unless they ask for more
  • Close by saying “Good bye, nice talking with you” or the like.

Suggested Frequencies

  • 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
  • 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
  • 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
  • 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
  • 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
  • 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
  • 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
  • 2 meter simplex or repeaters (with the permission of the repeater’s sponsor)

Control operators remember to observe third-party rules when making contacts with stations outside the US.

More Information

This is a fabulous way to celebrate the special bond between generations. Kids Day is a great opportunity to open the doors of your station and let the youngsters take the “Big Chair.” Let them find stations they hear or work on a map, color in a map of states worked, or help them to build something.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the ARRL Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator.

Alternatively, you can send a 9” x 12” SASE (with your or the kids’) address to:
Kids Day Certificate Request
ARRL
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111

13 Colonies Special Event Week: 2021


13 Colonies and 3 Bonus Stations

13 Colonies Event Week

July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight, EDT
(1300Z 1 July 2021 to 0400Z 8 July 2020)

Certificate

Only ONE 13 Colonies QSO gets you a certificate.

For a CLEAN SWEEP, you don’t need to work the Bonus Stations: TM13COL, WM3PEN & GB13COL.
[D-STAR is OK for Bonus Stations]

Working a Colony Station

Use DX Summit www.DXSummit.fi to find a 13 Colonies Special Event Station

Spotting: After working a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it on DX Summit: i.e., “K2H 13 Col MA.”

K2H QSL information is posted on QRZ.

Questions?
        See KU2US & www.13colonies.us.

Reminder — 10-meter Nets

Typical Tribander

Thought you’d might like to take advantage of the increase in propagation on this band. It is a great time to get on HF.
73 de Bob, K1KVV

Evenings at 8:00pm ET
28.490 MHz (USB
)

  • Tuesday: Dick, K1AHA, Net Control
  • Wednesday: Paul, K1PGS, Net Control
  • Friday: Paul, K1PGS, Net Control

New Contesting Book from ARRL

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners

Contesting is one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio — and for some, it’s their primary ham radio activity. Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers practical information and ideas that will help you get started in contesting — “radiosport” — or to build your skills, if you’re already active.

Contesting tests station capability and operator skill, and it really is a sport, with a typical objective of contacting as many stations and multipliers — ARRL Sections, states, grids, or DXCC entities, for example — within the contest period.

“Doug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in contesting,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Grant’s book explains what equipment you need, typical contest formats, details of some more popular events, operating techniques, how to submit an entry, and how to improve your scores. No matter how modest your station or experience, you can compete too!

Just ahead is Winter Field Day, January 25 – 26. See the ARRL Contest Calendar for information on other events.

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1243, ISBN: 978-1-62595-124-3, $27.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $24.95). Call 860-594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289. It’s also available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle.

News from EMA.ARRL.ORG

Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Visit https://ema.arrl.org for the latest.

Here’s a small sampling of the stories that have appeared this past month:

  • Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated
    Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019
  • Western MA ARES Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • K5TEC: “Ideas for Attracting Youth and Families to Amateur Radio” at Framingham ARA, November 7, 2019
  • YuKanRun Ocean View 5K and Half Marathon, Ipswich, November 3, 2019
  • Norton Halloween Parade, October 27, 2019
  • Antenna Raising in Style at New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio
    Society
  • Framingham ARA Flea Market Suspended
  • 15-meter QRP FT8 Activity Night, Westford Vicinity
  • Massachusetts Traffic Report for September 2019
  • New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, November 16-17, 2019
  • Falmouth ARA FARA Fest, Bourne, November 2, 2019

*Taken from October 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News

ARRL to Launch New “On the Air” Magazine

ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.

On the Air responds to the brand-new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.

“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”

The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the print edition of QST (monthly) or the print edition of On the Air (bimonthly).

All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.

BSA 2019 Jamboree on the Air

Registration now is open for stations to register for Scouting’s 2019 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). JOTA will take place October 18 – 20. JOTA is Scouting’s largest event in the world and always takes place over the third weekend of October. Click on “Sign Up Now” and register using your free Scout.org user id. Use the same site to register for the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet.

Bill Stearns, NE4RD, has been named the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Jamboree on the Air Task Force Chair. He has activated a number of JOTA and Scout Camp stations from the Montana Scout Council and served on the 2017 National Scout Jamboree K2BSA and 2019 World Scout Jamboree NA1WJ staffs. The NA1WJ Amateur Radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia reported that more than 3,000 Scouts took part in the ham radio demonstrations, logging more than 4,000 contacts in 86 DXCC entities.

Abstracted from The ARRL Letter for August 29, 2019

WWV Celebrates 100 Years

1919 – 2019 WWV Centennial

The world’s oldest radio station, WWV, turns 100 years on October 1, 2019.

September 28 through October 2, 2019, operators from across the country, are planning 24-hour operations of special event station WW0WWV on CW, SSB and digital modes.

Operations will shift between HF bands following normal propagation changes and will include 160m and 6m meteor scatter.

We will be operating right at the WWV site and face a challenging RF environment.

Abstracted from ARRL Special Bulletin 7: ARLX007

HamXposition at Boxboro

HamXposition at Boxboro
The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 6-8, 2019

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center,
Boxborough, Massachusetts

www.hamxposition.org

  • Top-notch Forums and Talks all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market:
    Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
    featuring special guest Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
    featuring Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, Senior Education Manager for the International Space Station National Lab
  • Ham Radio Bootcamp, designed to help newly licensed Technician and General’s to get on the air and use their Amateur Radio license
    Post banquet fun – movie night – open mic storytelling – jam session
  • Jazz Band for Sunday Brunch
  • ARRL VE Exams
  • Tech-in-a-day™ license study course, $5 fee for materials and snacks
  • W1N special event station. Reserve your time at ,www.hamxposition.org/special-event-station

…and more!

Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People presented by the Nashua Area Radio Society, September 7th and 8th.
This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including:

  • Software Defined Radios
  • High-Altitude Balloons
  • Portable and Mobile stations
  • Emergency Communications
  • Fox-hunting

Purchase your tickets today online at www.hamxposition.org

Kids Day – Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kids talking to Kids

Time: 2:00 PM ET to 7:59 PM ET [1800Z to 2359Z]

Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 , 2-m repeaters (with permission of owner)

ARRL Kids Day Phone 1st Exchange: Name, age, QTH, favorite color
Following exchanges can include favorite hobbies, sports, movies pets, and so on.

For complete information, including online certificate, see www.arrl.org/kids-day