S.O.A.R. January 2020
Students Operating Amateur Radios
Students Operating Amateur Radios (S.O.A.R.) is a project Kitty KN4LNK started to plan for in the late fall of 2019. During the Morgan County ARES NET she asked for fellow radio operators who could be available for a simple radio contact with the kids. That quickly evolved into the BSFARC springing into action to help with her project. Rather than have the students talk to an adult they did not know we began to plan for a Morgan County to Scott County Student to Student exchange (QSO).
The team got busy creating a flyer to help gain some support from both administrators and students alike. Each participant was to receive a unique QSL card along with a certificate of participation. The idea is that the student would take these home and could be a conversation starter. The inaugural event was a SOAR NET on the 147.255 Morgan County repeater on January 24th 2020 from 3:30pm to about 5:30pm.
Students from K-5 grades from Morgan County Elementary School and students (K-5 grades) from Scott County Boy’s and Girl’s club participated in this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) event. Students were be informed on proper radio procedures and a brief overview on Amateur Radio will be provided for them as well.
Each student had the opportunity to make contact with another student from the other county. They introduced themselves (first name only) and either what grade they are in or something like their favorite subject in school or color. Then they asked a question to the other student over the radio as we will do a guessing exercise.
While there were no set goals for the first event the gears are already turning for the next time. We welcome any thoughts, suggestions and comments from both radio operators and parents.