Monday was my first session this year with the kids at the Ann Arbor Learning Center, a charter school here. At the end of school year in June, I was a bit frustrated that none of the kids had gotten their licenses. The teachers reassured me, though, that the kids would return in the fall, and that we could pick it up from where we left off.
I was a bit skeptical about this, but the kids did indeed return. A couple of them were missing–they had transferred to the public school–but the majority of them did return. More importantly, they seemed just as interested in learning as they were last year.
Over the summer, the family of an SK donated some equipment to the club, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to get that set up at the school. They need to get the permission of the company that owns the building before we can erect an antenna. I’m hoping that permission will come soon.
I think the kids need constant exposure to the radios to keep them motivated. For the first session, I brought in the 2m transceiver and the HF transceiver, and they were all over it.
I’m also planning another construction project. This time I’m going to try a regenerative receiver. I’ll need to build one myself first, though.
And if this wasn’t enough to keep me busy, one of our club members has a daughter who’s attending another private school. She e-mailed me saying that this school was perhaps interested in donig something with ham radio. I’m already too busy, but opportunities like this are hard to pass up.