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Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants Youthful Contesters with 'Big Gun' Stations

from The ARRL Letter on February 7, 2019
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Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants to Pair Youthful Contesters with 'Big Gun' Stations:

The Young Amateurs Radio Club (YARC Youth Contesting Program (YCP wants to match groups of enthusiastic young contesters with "big gun" stations to gain operating experience during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 - 31 weekend. The YCP is a weekend initiative for groups of young Amateur Radio contesters in the US and Canada.

"It will hopefully enable a new dimension of the hobby [for] young hams who have contested a little before, and set a new precedent for the welcoming of a new generation of radiosport aficionados," explained YARC Board Member Sterling Mann, N0SSC. The 27-year-old electrical engineer, who helps manage YARC programs and outreach, described the initiative as "intentionally flexible, lightly organized, and low-cost."

"We will attempt to pair a small group (up to four) of young contesters interested in operating with a 'big gun' station owner interested in hosting the youth group," continued Mann, an ARRL member active in the College Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI "The contesters will operate from the station, and the host has the option to help the youth improve their skills, provide advice, and even operate alongside. We will try to keep it such that young hams will only require a relatively short drive."

YARC's YCP is inspired by the efforts of Youngsters on the Air (YOTA and its own Youth Contesting Program, as well as Team Exuberance, Mann said. He added, "We hope to inspire a big chunk of young hams into becoming the greatest contesters of the 21st century."

YARC is reaching out to radio amateurs under age 27 or so with at least some contesting experience who would be interested in operating the CQ WW WPX SSB at a contest-grade ham radio station, and to owners of such stations. He urges those interested to sign up (scroll down on their website to select your role of station host or operator).

YARC hopes to announce matches on March 1. Email with any questions or comments. Read more


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