Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants Youthful Contesters with 'Big Gun' Stations
The ARRL Letter
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
Contesting Program (YCP
https://yarc.world/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
https://www.cqwpx.com/ 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
"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
http://www.arrl.org/college-students-and-educators). "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
https://www.ham-yota.com/) and its own Youth Contesting Program
https://www.ham-yota.com/youth-contesting-program/, as well as Team
https://www.gofundme.com/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
https://yarc.world/ycp/ (scroll down on their website to select your
role of station host or operator).
YARC hopes to announce matches on March 1. Email
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