From the New Providence Amateur Radio Club:
New Jersey Kids To Get “Radio-active”
A Ham Radio on-the-air operating event for kids will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the New Providence Senior/Community Center, 15 East Fourth Street, off Livingston Avenue.
NPARC, the Amateur Radio Club serving the Watchung Hills Area, will set up two operating ham radio stations on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Kids of all ages from Berkeley Heights, New Providence and surrounding communities are invited to participate, and make direct radio contacts with other kids at Ham Stations all over the USA.
In the past there have been contacts made to the eastern United States, as far west as Oklahoma, Colorado and California, and to foreign countries such as Ireland and Australia. This year we expect to make many contacts with stations around the world.
The radio equipment and antennas will be supplied by NPARC members, and setup will start around noon. Kids operation starts at about 2 PM, and continues until about 5 PM.
Kids Day is intended to encourage young people–licensed or not–to enjoy Amateur Radio. It gives youngsters on-the-air experience, so they may develop an interest in electronic technology, and in pursuing a ham radio license in the future.
It’s also intended to give hams a chance to share their stations with local residents. Even though the kids get a “kick” by exchanging their names, towns and their favorite colors with others, they also get a serious lesson in World Geography.
Kids Day isn’t really a contest, but records of all contacts are kept. All participants receive a colorful certificate, proving that they did make an actual contact and speak with another kid somewhere in the world.
This event occurs twice a year, in January and in June. It is done in cooperation with the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, and the New Providence Recreation Department, both of which support the functions performed by NPARC.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: www.nparc.org OR
Barry G. Cohen K2JV