In the past few months, a lot has happened with Train the Trainer in the USA. Our main focus these past few months has been the YOTA month and what we call “CQ Santa.” CQ Santa is where we set up a station at a local hardware store and let kids of all ages talk to Santa over the air. This year, fourteen kids got to talk to Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas, along with any questions they had about him or his reindeer. Our plan is to do this in the coming years as well.
YOTA month was slower than we expected, but we were able to make over 1000 contacts. Many of these contacts were made by young hams helping kids and kids at heart (a.k.a. adults) get on the air for the first time and experience amateur radio. There is nothing like the feeling a kid gets when they call CQ for the first time and someone answers them from another country, or even just another state.
One other thing has contributed to Train the Trainer. Faith Hannah (AE4FH and the author of this report), Hope (KM4IPF), and their dad James (WX4TV) did a four-day DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas (112 km off Key West, Florida in the USA) using the callsign N4T. Read more