[Uram-rejections] A great achievement by a young amateur

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> From: Brian Reay <no.sp at m.com>
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> Subject: Re: A great achievement by a young amateur
> Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 08:27:42 +0100
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> On 02/08/2017 23:17, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > In message <olthfq$q4u$1 at dont-email.me>, Brian Reay <no.sp at m.com> writes
> >> On 02/08/2017 17:26, Ian Jackson wrote:
> >>> In message <olrvvd$lpc$2 at stc.eternal-september.org>, Stephen Thomas Cole
> >>> <usenet at stephenthomascole.com> writes
> >>>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40796381
> >>>>
> >>>> Lauren M6HLR and her father Kev G0PEK are members of my club, and have
> >>>> just
> >>>> completed the activation of all 214 Wainwrights. They're both great
> >>>> people
> >>>> and Lauren is a fine example of the potential of youth in amateur
> >>>> radio.
> >>>> Knowing that there are youngsters like Lauren coming into the hobby
> >>>> warms
> >>>> the cockles. The future's bright!
> >>>>
> >>> The item was on yesterday's BBC1 'Look North' local news for the NE and
> >>> Cumbria. It's obvious that, from an early age, she appreciated the magic
> >>> of radio. This is something that escapes many of the youngsters of
> >>> today.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> As I have said on numerous occasions, in my experience most youngsters
> >> are fascinated by a 'real radio' QSO - it is far from unusual. They
> >> may initially say things like "Can't you do that with a mobile phone?"
> >> but not after they hear, or better still share, a 'snap crackle an pop
> >> QSO'.
> >>
> >> What does escape me are those in the hobby who suggest it is being
> >> 'replaced by' etc by things like the internet, Skype, mobile phones
> >> etc. Perhaps they never were bitten by the bug.
> >>
> >> The problem we face with youngsters is making them aware of the hobby-
> >> it really isn't know about in the way it once was, even in groups like
> >> trainee engineers. As I've posted before, I was invited to give a talk
> >> a local Uni to a group of undergrads. There was a good room full- may
> >> be 40 or more- only one knew of amateur radio, a couple of CB (one of
> >> those was foreign). The one that knew about amateur radio baby sat for
> >> a local amateur.
> >
> > My experience with the Girl Guides (Thinking Day On The Air, of course!)
> > is that more are fascinated with the morse code than radio itself.
> > Provide some morse keys, oscillators and headphones - and a crib sheet
> > to learn from - then leave them alone to play. They get engrossed, and
> > keep themselves occupied for ages - and even become quite competitive.
> I found pupils were quite interested in Morse when I included it in part 
> of one of those sessions schools do in the summer term. The School I 
> taught in was not only near the location of one of the WW2 Y stations 
> but had supplied (during WW2) many of the young 'under age' Y station 
> operators. The whole thing came together quite nicely, some history, 
> some maths (I looked at several things besides Morse), as well as simple 
> code breaking.
> I didn't find youngsters weren't interested in actually operating radios 
> or the technical side- some were very interested in the latter.
> If you think about how anyone gets involved in a hobby, it starts with 
> their being exposed to it somehow. No one is going to suddenly decide to 
> take an interest in, say, golf, if they've never heard of it. (Some 
> might question why they do having done so but that is another matter!)
> I'm not sure how/why but amateur radio seems to have totally dropped 
> from the public eye. I accept there are other technical things 
> youngsters who have the 'nerdy gene' dabble with - computers, R Pi's, 
> .... but that doesn't explain why amateur radio seems to be unheard of.
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