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  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: October is for the Kids -- School Club ...

    10/28/2012. By Sterling Coffey, N0SSC ARRL Youth Editor. Today was an interesting milestone in the progress of the year. Almost every fall after a biting cold front the air heats up again and Japanese beetles -- commonly mistaken as ladybugs -- take refuge on sunlit surface, resting after a long migratory flight. They fly ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: A Young DXer

    04/27/2010. By Duncan MacLachlan, KU0DM ARRL Youth Editor April 27, 2010. Twelve-year-old Jonas Carden, KD0DJH, submitted this write-up concerning his first experiences with Amateur Radio and the wonderful world of DX. The excitement of hearing signals from around the world is one alive and well with all  ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: On Becoming a Ham

    03/15/2011. By Sterling Coffey, N0SSC ARRL Youth Editor. Meet the new ARRL Youth Editor, Sterling Coffey, N0SSC. This month, Sterling discusses how -- and why -- he became a radio amateur. Ever since I was five years old, radio communication has intrigued and interested me to the core. It was on my fifth birthday that ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Hams on Mars (Almost)

    05/26/2013. BySterling Coffey, N0SSC ARRL Youth Editor n0ssc@arrl.net. Eight New Hams on “Mars”. Eight Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T) students took their Amateur Radio license exams last week -- and passed! Most of the examinees wanted to get a license so they could legally operate high power ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Contesting Like Crazy

    12/27/2011. By Sterling Coffey, N0SSC n0ssc@arrl.net. The last stretch of the year yields cold temperatures, snow and, if you live in Missouri, 60 degrees and rain. But most importantly, there's a calendar full of contests -- just look at November and December's ARRL Contest Calendars or Bruce Horn's Contest Calendar. Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Getting on the Air

    08/27/2011. By Sterling Coffey ARRL Youth Editor. The best things in life are free -- including ham radio. As a member of my college's Amateur Radio club, I come across so much free stuff, including a giant Yaesu FT-1000MP HF transceiver, a smaller FT-897D and a Cushcraft beam -- more than $3000 of equipment. Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: 73 from KG4IUM -- Youth Lounges ...

    Jun 23, 2008 ... So, it's time for me to pass on the gauntlet. This will be my last time writing the Youth@HamRadio.Fun column, but rest assured that a well-qualified individual with a fresh outlook and lots of new blood will be writing it in my absence; I am confident that this new author will improve upon the column and do an ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: A First Timer's Adventure at the Dayton ...

    06/18/2011. By Sterling Coffey, N0SCC ARRL Youth Editor. About three years ago, I became familiar with the idea of hamfests -- a convention of hams who go there to take their exams, check QSL cards, buy stuff from traveling vendors and flea marketers, as well as win prizes and participate in lectures or activities. My local ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: Getting a Niche in Amateur Radio

    03/31/2012. Sterling Coffey,N0SSC ARRL Youth Editor. Many have asked and pondered the answers to the question: “What is the best way to draw in new young hams?” Gordon West, WB6NOA, asked this very question to my friend Jacob Keogh, KD0NVX, on Ham Nation, hosted by Bob Heil, K9EID. Last month, I  ... Learn More

  • Youth@HamRadio.Fun: An Elmer's Guide to Explaining Ham Radio

    04/23/2011. By Sterling Coffey, N0SSC ARRL Youth Editor. Hams have always been at the forefront of wireless technology since the dawn of radio in the late 1800s. Long ago, we were granted an impressively diverse and expansive hobby that allowed the technologically and electronically curious to not only experiment on ... Learn More