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NPARC is actively encouraging young people to get involved with ham radio. Ham radio is a fun, safe, free and unique way to talk with people around the world!
1. Licensing - For more information about getting a ham radio license, please visit our Become a Ham page and/or contact our young ham mentor, Barry Cohen K2JV, at k2jv (at) arrl.net or call him at 908-464-1730.
2. Kids Day - Kids Day is a twice-a-year (January and June) on-air event to encourage any young person -- licensed or not -- to get on the air and have fun with Amateur Radio. It is designed to foster interest in youngsters to get a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.
Kids Net - Students
throughout the metropolitan New York City area are encouraged to
check in to the Kids Net every Sunday
night at 8:00 p.m. on the W2LI repeater (147.255, Tx
+600, tx tone 141.3).
This net is run by kids and for kids. No adults allowed!
4. Summer Day
Camps - Each summer,
members of NPARC headed by Barry Cohen K2JV set up a radio
station at one or more of the local municipal summer day camps
(Berkeley Heights, New Providence). Some of these camps have
featured a talk with an International Space Station astronaut
(see #6 below)!
5. Field Day - On the fourth full weekend in June, hams around the country setup radio stations in the field to test their ability to operate under emergency conditions and without street power electricity. NPARC participates in this Field Day by setting up several radio stations in the field behind the Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. Kids are especially welcome.
6. ISS Contact - During the last few years, we have arranged for kids to talk by ham radio with astronauts aboard the International Space Station! The kids made up the questions, asked the questions, operated the radio and controlled the antenna that had to be pointed at the ISS during its pass.