Youth Development at K6DGE-Dorothy Grant Elementary School

Posted: November 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Students take turns making contacts on 20 meters.

Students take turns making contacts on 20 meters.

David-K3LP explains amateur radio theory.

David-K3LP explains amateur radio theory.

Students celebrate their new knowledge of ham radio.

Students celebrate their new knowledge of ham radio

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Good things are happening at K6DGE in Fontana, California.
 
K6DGE is the amateur radio club station at Dorothy Grant Elementary School. David Collingham-K3LP and Bev Matheson-KJ6RSX established this amateur radio club three years ago. David-K3LP has donated two Icom radios, the antennas and other various equipment and a considerable amount of his personal time to foster this amateur radio club.
 
 
 
On Thursday, November 7th, I had the pleasure to serve as a Volunteer Examiner along with David and Miss Matheson to administer the Technician Exam to 48 students. These were third, fourth and fifth grade students. David had been presenting them with theory lectures and practice exams. David and Bev set up the two radios and had the kids active on both 20 meters SSB and on 10 meters SSB.  The kids got a real thrill as they all got to work Joe Rudi-NK7U and Ric-W0RIC. After making their contacts the students assembled in the cafeteria to take their exams.
 
 
 
We are very happy to report that four of the students successfully passed their Technician exams! The remaining students will have an opportunity again next year to re-take their exams as David and Miss Matheson are planning to continue with this program. The Principal at Dorothy Grant Elementary is also interested in expanding the program to encompass the nearby Middle School.
 
 
 
Miss Matheson is very excited about amateur radio and has lectured about her programs at the Hamvention in Dayton and she has attended the IDXC in Visalia, CA. This kind of effort being done by people like David and Miss Matheson is just the shot in the arm that our hobby needs. David calls this concept Youth Development in Amateur Radio. He has done similar programs at the Rotuma High School on Rotuma Island (Fiji) and at the Technology University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
 
 
 
You can follow all of the great things happening at K6DGE by going to their website; www.k6dge.com
 
 
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