Sunday, July 22, 2012

That's another camp down

Just got back from the Scouts Radio Camp with a new HAM radio operator - yes Miss 10 passed her Foundation Licence and is looking forward to getting on air.

It was a very interesting weekend. There were 11 kids - Miss 10 was the only female - and two adults sitting for the exam. The course was very full - it started at the basics and went right through not only the "stuff you needed to know for the exam" but also additional information around the hobby.

I was impressed with the kids (mostly) and how they took it in. The days were long - basically started at 9am each day (well, except for the Friday as we only got there at 9am) and then worked through until about 10pm each night. Some of the older ones stayed up later than that too talking about radio.

I helped out with the cooking, sat in on the course and helped Miss 10 study. So the days were very full! Friday and Saturday were also freezing cold - however, thankfully, Saturday evening / night was quite warm (compared to the 2degC nights we've been having) so sleeping in the tent was actually enjoyable last night!

So now Miss 10 just needs to wait for the licence to arrive in the post and her birthday present :) (Yes, she now wants a handheld UHF/VHF radio for her birthday)!


eiaftinfo said...

Congats to the new ham!! It's been a part of my life for nearly 40 years - WB8YHL.

Captain Tightpants said...

Cool and well done on her!

Old NFO said...

drjim is also a ham, so she'll have plenty of folks to talk to! :-) Congrats to her!

ZerCool said...

Good grief, when I was 10 I was happy to have a set of Radio Shack handi-talkies that might reach 200yd on a good day! Congratulations to her!

(This is even more motivation for me to get my Tech license; it's been on the to-do list for years.)

Roberta X said...

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Bob said...

Well done!