Yesterday, I held yet another one-day Tech class. A dozen students showed up. I had only one no-show. He e-mailed me later that he had overslept.
I lost one student at the lunch break. I had noticed that he was having a hard time keeping his eyes open right from the start, so it wasn’t a complete surprise when he decided to pack it in.
The rest of them stuck it out until 3 pm and took the test. Of those, nine passed the test. Nine out of eleven isn’t bad, but I’m going to claim a 100% pass rate. The two that failed the test were teenagers who took the class to please their parents, and to be honest, I don’t think that they were all that interested in getting their tickets.
One of the students was a member of the local search and rescue team. She was geting her ticket so that she could use ham radio during the team’s exercises. Most folks who do this aren’t really interested in the technical/experimental aspects of the hobby, but this woman seemed to be. I’m going to encourage her to get into this part of the hobby, perhaps by building a simple kit. The search and rescue team does, after all, need a techie, don’t they?