Contest to award HF gear to youth in January

This is both a great PR move by Amateur Radio Supplies, a company I’ve never heard of, and a good thing for amateur radio. I also love that they’re including a set of paddles :) …..Dan

Sep 26, 2012 –
Amateur Radio Supplies of Haverhill, Mass., announced today a new biannual giveaway to promote youth in amateur radio DXing and contesting.

“Getting on HF (high frequency) in today’s economy is very challenging for many, but especially for our youth operators,” said Jeff Demers, owner, Amateur Radio Supplies. “Many youth operators are unable to purchase the needed equipment to get on the air.  Here at Amateur Radio Supplies, we want them to experience the joy that has propelled us in this hobby for many decades. Thus, on January 1, 2013, we’ll be doing the first of many station sponsorships to support youth in DXing and contesting.”

Amateur Radio Supplies will give a complete HF (high frequency) station to the selected applicant, including:

  • Alinco DX-SR8T/E 160-6m All Mode Transceiver & 30 Amp PS
  • LDG AT-100 Pro II Desktop Antenna Tuner
  • Choice of Rugged All Band G5RV or HyGain DX-77A Vertical
  • 100’ of Premium RG-213 Coax
  • Vibroplex Brass Racer Iambic Paddles
  • SignaLink USB Sound Card for Digital Modes
  • Heil Pro Set Plus Headset

Applicants from any country under the age of 21 are invited to provide brief answers to the following three questions, as well as their name, call sign, and license class, online at

1. How often are you able to operate on the HF bands?
2. Where (what QTH) do you typically operate from?
3. How do you intend to use the equipment provided?

Nominations will also be accepted.  If you know of a deserving youth, please email Randy Rowe at


  1. Elwood Downey, WB0OEW says:

    I applaud this gesture. I think we desparately need to reach our youth in every way we can think of. They lack motivation and direction. Related, I recently watched the interview with Joe Fairclough, WB2JKJ, on Like many hams I’ve seen his ads for years but never really knew what it was about. His organization does not recruit hams, it just uses ham radio in the classroom to teach language arts, geography and self confidence. Now that I am aware of this it has my full support.

  2. I watched that video, too, was equally impressed.

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