Dorchester Youth Ham Radio/Electronics Group to Form

Big Project logoA Boston-area amateur is involved with a grass-roots effort to promote ham radio and electronics among Dorchester youths.

“Area residents, teachers from the Boston public school system, staff from the Boston Police Department and other hams would like to start a radio and electronics group at the Area B-3 police station,” explained David Morris, KB1EGW. Morris says he’s presented a proposal for the program to the station captain, Pervis Ryans. “I’ve gained both the captain’s and the superintendent’s support.”

“We will explore many areas of electronics and public safety applications,” Morris said. “Our intent is to start small. We are looking for a few individuals — primarily youths, ages 13 and up — who would commit to attending the program on a weekly basis, with their parent’s consent. The group will meet on Saturday afternoons. The radio course will be based on the [ARRL’s] Big Project.”

The group plans to hold a steering meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Services Room at the Dorchester Area B-3 Police Station. Morris has requested representation from the Boston Amateur Radio Club to “provide insight and guidance” to their effort. BARC’s Vice President, Blake T. Haskell, K1BTH, has indicated that he will attend.

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