Ham Radio GOTA - Kids On The Air at PAL 1

GOTA Event for Young People in Nashua, NH

We recently received a request from the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Nashua, NH to put on a Get On The Air (GOTA) demonstration of Amateur Radio for the kids there. The folks at PAL are trying to create activities that promote STEM and Amateur Radio interest among kids.

Ham Radio GOTA Station
GOTA Station

Jamey, KC1ENX and I went to PAL a little while back and set up our portable station using the screwdriver antenna on my truck.

Ham Radio GOTA - Kids on the Air at Nashua PAL
Kids on the Air at Nashua PAL

We had some of the worst propagation conditions that we have seen in a while on the day we were at PAL, Fortunately, Matt, N1ZGN and Mike, K1WVO got on to try to give the kids a few contacts.

Ham Radio GOTA - QSL Cards
QSL Cards

We also brought some QSL cards and Jamey spent some time with the kids explaining QSLs and some of the places that were contacted.

Ham Radio GOTA - HAB and Foxes
HAB and Foxes

We also brought our High Altitude Balloon (HABand our 2m Fox Hunt transmitters for the kids to see. There was lots of interest in the HAB platform and what it would be like to see the video that it will record.

Due to the poor propagation conditions, the kids did not get to make many contacts. The folks at PAL invited us to come back another time when the conditions are better and we plan to do that later this summer. We also invited the PAL folks to visit us during our Field Day operation coming up and try out the GOTA station there.

Special thanks to Jamey, Matt, and Mike for helping us with our GOTA event at PAL.

Fred, AB1OC

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