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ABQ, New Mexico School Club KG5JDP, Starting SOTA


#1

Hi Everyone, KG5ISG, Don. I’m a teacher here in ABQ at a 6-12 grade school, and our school radio club is starting a SOTA group this fall. I’m learning the ropes and hope to have the students up and running on local heights soon. Any advice will be welcome.
Cheers, Don


#2

Good show Don,
Hope you’ll be able to include HF (and CW) in the mix at some point, radio being more “magic” if students work someone a thousand miles away. Using alerts will greatly improve chances for more contacts. Good luck, and will be listening for you and your students on the bands.
Ken, Tucson, AZ


#3

I live in Albuquerque and would be glad to give you a hand. Email good on QRZ.

73,

Mike - ke5akl


#4

Thank you, Ken,
I have a few students with Tech. licenses and one middle school student with a General license and we are working on getting him and everyone else equipment and training in CW to increase our luck in the fall.
Cheers, Don


#5

Thank you, Mike,
We are in the middle of Graduation and finals now and will get ahold of you as soon as it dies down a bit.
Cheers, Don


#6

Indeed! An extra 20dB won’t hurt a thing.


#7

The students had a morse class during lunch a year ago. I was told by two middle school teachers they were sick of hearing students trying to send cw messages to each other during class time


#8

Got my general ticket! That helps a lot for this journey!


#9

Tell them to learn it, too.

  • fred kt5x (retired teacher)

#10

Congrats on the General Ticket. That opens up so many new possibilities for you and the club. But to set a really good example, have you already started on the Extra? It really isn’t that bad…

I like Fred s advice. Have the teachers learn the code. At least well enough to surprise a youthful message sender.

Looking at the title of your post, I now realize that ABQ is a popular short reference to Albuquerque. Which is good. It would take me a week to learn how to spell it.

So, are you considering a Vanity call for the club ending in ABQ? There are still a few possibilities out there, even though hams have been seeking out the ABQ suffix. Strangely the County EOC in your town is going to let their 1 x 3 become available in just a few months. Any problem with picking up a WHISKEY call for a school club? But you could always think of a more creative phonetic for that “W” call…


#11

Thanks for the advice - I’m still rattled from the General exam…so I’ll start slowly for extra.
I’ll suggest the teacher morse class at the next staff meeting. I hadn’t thought about a vanity call so I’ll see what I can do for the club.
Cheers, don