KIDS DAY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

==> KIDS DAY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

Under normal circumstances, Kids Day <http://www.arrl.org/kids-day&gt; on
Saturday, June 20, would offer an opportunity for individual radio
amateurs or clubs to introduce the next generation to amateur radio.
This year, however, Kids Day is likely to look a bit different, due to
precautions — both advised and in place — during the COVID-19
pandemic. ARRL recommends that mentors and young operators adhere to
prescribed COVID-19 guidelines in these difficult times.

“We encourage you to take the advice of your local and regional health
officials as to whether it’s wise to gather in groups and what
precautions are necessary,” ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque,
N1SFE, allowed. “If inviting individual youngsters or groups into your
shack is not advisable, look instead into other ways of mentoring
youngsters.”

One possibility, Bourque said, is mentoring over social media, via
Zoom, or using other non-contact means. “This year might not be the
time to invite youngsters into your shack, but that doesn’t mean that
you cannot encourage the next generation of amateur radio operators,”
he said. “Of course, if you have kids at home you’ve been trying to
interest in ham radio, Kids Day offers the perfect framework, and
COVID-19 precautions would not be necessary.”

Kids Day gets under way on Saturday, June 20 at 1800 UTC and concludes
at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, the
suggested exchange is first name, age, location, and favorite color.
Beyond that, contacts can be as long or as short as each participant
prefers.

Look for activity on these frequencies: 10 meters: 28.350 – 28.400
MHz; 12 meters: 24.960 – 24.980 MHz; 15 meters: 21.360 – 21.400 MHz;
17 meters: 18.140 – 18.145 MHz; 20 meters: 14.270 – 14.300 MHz; 40
meters: 7.270 – 7.290 MHz, and 80 meters: 3.740 – 3.940 MHz. Repeater
contacts are okay with permission of the repeater owner.

As with any on-the-air activity that includes unlicensed individuals,
control operators must observe third-party traffic restrictions
<http://www.arrl.org/third-party-operating-agreements&gt; when making DX
contacts. Additional details <http://www.arrl.org/kids-day&gt; are on the
ARRL website.

 

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