Boston College Summer Campers Learn About Amateur Radio

Youngsters attending Boston College’s St. Columbkille Summer Camp were treated to an Amateur Radio presentation by Eastern MA ARRL leaders on July 12, 2011.

Approximately two-dozen 10-year-olds from the greater Boston area witnessed  operational HF and VHF/UHF stations, complete with a vertical antenna mounted on a stepladder, and Morse code telegraph keys made from paper clips, a doorknob, and a block of wood. The campers were given the opportunity to use code practice oscillators, then they completed a fun quiz in the Morse code and the international spelling alphabets. The session culminated in each boy and girl speaking via UHF repeater to youths at the nearby Dexter Academy in Brookline.

Shown here: ARRL Technical Coordinator Eric Falkof, K1NUN; Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. Not shown: Public Information Coordinator Bob Salow, WA1IDA. Photo courtesy WA1IDA.

[See also: Local Children Schooled on Technology of Amateur Radio at St. Columbkille Summer Camp]

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