Ham Radio is a great hobby for the entire Family! In an effort to encourage more kids and their families to get involved in the hobby, the kids at Ham Radio (dot) World are working to put an all-kids Special Event ARRL Field Day station on the air in 2016. This station will have the special event call sign of K1D and it will be set-up, operated, and put away by kids who are ham radio operators. Kids of all ages and their parents (both licensed hams and non-hams alike) are encouraged to come out and participate in this exciting event. New hams and even non-hams can experience the excitement of talking to people around the world with the Get On the Air (GOTA) station, which will have the callsign K4G.
We will be posting videos of the kids’ progress as they build their, antennas, Go Kit, communications trailer, and solar power supply. If you know of any kid ham radio operators who might want to participate in this exciting Special Event, contact us!
“ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.”
(Source – ARRL)
The 2016 ARRL Field Day is June 25–26, 2016; beginning at 1800 UTC on Saturday and ending at 2100 UTC on Sunday.
The kids also plan have a GOTA (Get On The Air) station to give new hams and non-hams the opportunity to make a few contacts on HF. They will be using the Special Event call sign of K4G. Bring your kids out and let them experience the thrill of talking to people all over the country and the world via Ham Radio! The plan is to have the GOTA station powered by a Honda EU3000i Generator to demonstrate how emergency communications can be powered by generators.
The kids will be on the HF bands and on the Amateur Radio satellites. We hope to be joined by one of AMSAT’s finest operators who will be a kid-for-a-day to help get the kids on the linear satellites. Look for them and give them a shout!
The K1D Special Event Field Day station will be built by the kids prior to the Field Day activities. The kids have built a solar power solution–from scratch–to use to power their K1D Special Event Field Day station. Kyocera Solar and West Mountain Radio have graciously donated parts to this solar power supply – THANK YOU! They also plan on using a Genasun MPPT Charge Controller to manage charging the battery. The kids are looking into what battery to use for the solar power supply–if you have any suggestions about what to use, please contact us with your suggestions! Finally, the kids have built their own W7FG True Ladder Line antenna with parts provided by TrueLadderLine.com and are building additional antennas to use for Field Day. Keep watching Ham Radio (dot) World for videos of the kids as they build their Special Event Station.
Stations who work K1D and/or K4G during the 2016 ARRL Field Day will be eligible for a special K1D/K4G Commemorative QSL card.
Stay tuned for more information!