[Fwd: Fwd: An interesting Elmering activity in Boulder CO]
David V. Rogers
Sat, 02 Jan 1999 11:31:26 -0500
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Re AMRAD's efforts to become involved at one of the local high
Received: from mail4.bellatlantic.net ([184.108.40.206])
by immta1.bellatlantic.net (InterMail v03.02.06 118 122)
with ESMTP id <19990102162508.OSRG27027@mail4.bellatlantic.net>
for <email@example.com>; Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:25:08 -0500
Received: from smtp-out.vma.verio.net (smtp-out.vma.verio.net [220.127.116.11])
by mail4.bellatlantic.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with ESMTP
id LAA03531 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:25:04 -0500 (EST)
Received: from smtp-gw.vma.verio.net ([18.104.22.168])
by smtp-out.vma.verio.net with esmtp (Exim 2.10 #1)
id 0zwTpq-0000x6-01; Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:23:30 -0500
Received: from [22.214.171.124] (adsl-58.clark.net [126.96.36.199])
by smtp-gw.vma.verio.net (8.9.1/8.9.1) with ESMTP id LAA01675;
Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:23:39 -0500 (EST)
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:17:22 -0500
To: email@example.com (Denny Avers, W3DRY), BBaddley@aol.com (Ben Baddley, W4FQT),
GBilger@juno.com (Glenn Bilger, W4OCC),
LLBradley@aol.com (Lew Bradley, W4SWP),
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Brogden W3VDL),
FrankW4UMC@aol.com (Frank Brooks), W4LBM@aol.com (Howard Bullock),
Al Cammarata <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Cannon),
Armand Caron WA3TNQ <email@example.com>, AG4R@erols.com (Wayne Cooper),
K1ZAT@dsport.com (J. D. Delancy, W3SMD),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Dill, N5OAJ),
email@example.com (James Duffer, WD4AIR),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Fasulkey),
email@example.com (Bill Getchell, sr. W1HRE),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Haas, W5ZNT),
email@example.com (Greg Haas, W5ZNT),
JaKHammett@aol.com (Jack Hammett, K4VV),
Warren Hayes <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com (Francis J Haynes, W4NUA),
W4LBL@aol.com (Joe Herrmann, W4LBL),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Hines, N4ZH),
thines@MSIS.dmso.mil (Terry Hines, N4ZH),
Peter Hurd N1SS <email@example.com>, Peter Hurd N1SS <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com (B.C. "Jay" Jackson, Jr., W4VG),
JRJNVV@aol.com (Ray Johnson, K5RJ), firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com (Elmer Jones), Dave Kausal W60GV <KausalD@GTE.net>,
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jack Kelleher), email@example.com (Jim Laughter, W4EE),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank Mackey, N4GUS),
email@example.com (Stephen Martin, K3KQ),
GMessmer@erols.com (Gordon Messmer, W4IQA),
"William G. Mills" <WMILLS@gmc.cc.ga.us>,
firstname.lastname@example.org (George A Paull),
email@example.com (Dave Rogers, K9RKH),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Rucker, KM4ML),
email@example.com (Nelson Seese, W4BHD),
firstname.lastname@example.org (Maury Shumaker - W4HYB),
W4YE@aol.com (L W "Buddy" Smith), W5KL@alltel.net (Leland Smith, W5KL),
W4AWL@juno.com (Milt Snyder), email@example.com (John Swafford),
Wb4jjj@aol.com (Al Wheeler, WB4JJJ), <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Bix W4BIX <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Dooley, KK4GB),
email@example.com (Luther Hux, N4BZQ),
Larry Parfitt <Lcparfitt@aol.com>,
Bob Plamondon <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
KF4AJZ@juno.com (Phil Schroeder)
From: Dick Rucker <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: An interesting Elmering activity in Boulder CO
I read a lot of laments about how ham radio seems to be dying. Here's an
>Mailing-List: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
>Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999
>Subject: [ham-hist] Re: Who Are We? Where Are We Going?
>In a message dated 1/1/99 04:11:48 PM Mountain Standard Time,
>> Well, that was in 1936. But who are the amateurs today in 1999? The
>> stereotype holds that today's hams are by and large between the ages of 55
>> and 75 and they come from families where dad (or occasionally mom) was
>> involved with ham radio way back when. Based on what you have seen, is
>> that true? Are younger people coming to ham radio at all, and if so, how
>> are they finding out about it? Years ago, every high school and college
>> had a ham radio club-- that seldom is the case today, so is the word about
>> ham radio getting out to people under the age of 30?
>I guess I fit into the above age bracket as I am 56. But, I got my license 41
>years ago, and no one in my family had been a ham at that time. My dad
>his license after I got mine.
>As far as how are the young hams getting the word today.. I can only talk to
>this issue from my own experience here in Boulder, CO where I am currently the
>President of the Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC).
>8 years ago we decided that our club of complacent curmudgeons needed to
>>breathe some new life and blood into this hobby and the club itself
>needed a >purpose to be. A retired couple came to me to get my support to
>a motion that >was to be presented to start a youth auxiliary club within
>It would need $$$ up front for teaching materials, code oscillators, etc..
>>which would have to come from the coffers of the sacred club treasury.
>This >retired couple, by the way, one an ex-school teacher and the other a
>retired >engineer from IBM still are the heart and soul of this youth
>We call it simply BARC Junior. The club voted to support the youth group
>and >still does, although the youngsters club treasury is larger than most
>adult >clubs. Since the beginning in 1991 there have been over 118 new,
>young hams >under the age of 18 licensed in this community.
>Of course, several of the original youngsters are now over the age
>of 18 and guess what? They are now very active members of our adult club.
>How do the other kids find out about us? Well, the kids who belong to BARC
>>Junior go to different schools and they carry their HT's with them to
>school >and offer live demo's to their peers. Some of these classmates
>think it "cool" >and want to learn more and they bring them to the weekly
>meeting/classes that the BARC Juniors hold.
>Much has been written about this group in QST, Worldradio and 73 magazine.
>They >have been invited annually for the past 7 years to be speakers at
>the Dayton >Youth Forum and go through a very interesting and fair
>selection process here >to choose the two representatives they will send
>Anyhow, this is but one way that the youth of today are getting into the
>hobby. By the way, less than 40% of these children's parents are hams and most
>of those parents became hams AFTER the child got his/her license too. These
>parents also join the adult club and we now have a source of "new blood" for
>our organization. Also, there are currently 4 children in the current active
>group who hold Extra class licenses.
> If you'd like to support youth in amateur radio, tomorrow (January 2nd )
>from 1800 to 2400 UTC on the frequencies of 14.270MHz (+/- QRM) and between
>28.325 and 28.400MHz you can find kids from all over the country calling "CQ
>Kids Day". This is an event sponsored by the Boring (OR) Radio Club - another
>youth oriented organization. Please tune in and make a contact with these kids
>-- you'll be surprised how adept they are on the radio. Our BARC Juniors call
>sign will be KI0NR. This is the Extra class call of one of their 13 year old
>girl members. They will operate from their own club station equipment, a TR-7
>Drake into a 4 element tribander at 90 feet.
> Donna, I have answered with but only one way that the youth of today are
>getting into the hobby. There are other clubs doing similar things and
>offering similar activities. Unfortunately, these are but a very few and far
>between. It takes an awful lot of dedication and a lot of Elmers to run a
>group such as this but it is certainly worth it!
> If you want to know more, I won't take up any more bandwidth on the reflector
>but I would be happy to give you information, etc.. By the way, I really
>enjoyed your article on the YL's in ham radio.. Excellent!!
>Jack Ciaccia - WM0G
Richard A. "Dick" Rucker
City of Fairfax, VA