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Teaching Kids

Jul 23rd 2012, 18:56

KI4QDT

Joined: Jun 1st 2006, 11:22
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I have been thinking about offering a Saturday class on Fox Hunting where I'd purchase the components, bring in kids in the area that were interested and let them build a simple receiver and antenna and then in the afternoon try a little direction finding with it. I'd like to find a simple receiver that maybe receives on the APRS freq or something similar that was small and simple enough that they could build most of it.

Do you guys know of any such kit that I might be able to take a look at?

Thanks,

Glenn
Jul 24th 2012, 13:22

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Hi Glenn,

No, I've never heard of such a kit--at VHF you really want to use surface mount parts for electrical reasons, but many older hams can't see parts that small and young kids lack the dexterity to handle them.

If kids are involved, I'd suggest going to 70 cm and putting the fox in a model rocket. A 2 meter Yagi is too big for a small kid to handle--but 70 cm is the right size for homebrewing if you are just 4 feet tall. You could have them build 70 cm Yagis--WA5VJB has some simple designs on his web site. The model rocket tie in is useful in that you can give the kids model rocket kits as prizes--model rockets are a great entry level introduction into building stuff on your own.
http://www.wa5vjb.com/yagi-pdf/cheapyagi.pdf

You might also check the National Association of Rocketry web site for club launches in your area--some clubs are very kid friendly.
http://www.nar.org/NARlaunches.html

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