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Thinking Day on the Air

Girls Scouts Thinking Day on the Air.

February 18 was Girl Scouts of America Thinking Day on the Air. In this event scouts can earn their radio merit badge. Here Dudley has organized a station in Bellevue that you can see in photos attached to this story. Amateur radio gear is used to allow these young ladies to get on the air.   Location participants were volunteers and included Dudley KD0NMD, Albert KE0LOL, Ray N5SEZ, and Derek W0DBW.

 

A special thanks to all those that volunteered on location as well as the local hams that answered when we called out on the radio. Among those that answered our calls and spoke with the scouts locally were Tom WD0BFO, Bill KD0FJR, and Norm WA0JYD. There were others that responded as well and a special thanks to everyone involved.

 

Remember, Dudley has a net every Wednesday 8:00PM on the 147.39 Bellevue Repeater. Please stop in and say hello!  Click Here for More Info.

 

Photographs from the event:

Ray N5SEZ is the Plattsmouth Amateur Radio Club Secretary and was winner of the 2016 ARRL Operator of the Year.

Ray N5SEZ is the Plattsmouth Amateur Radio Club Secretary and winner of the 2016 ARRL Neb Operator of the Year.

This young lady was operating on a 2M mobile radio attached to an outdoor portable ground plane antenna.

This young lady was operating on a 2M mobile radio attached to an outdoor portable ground plane antenna.

Dudley had a 20-Meter HF station and found operators in Texas, Alabama, and Canada among other locations to answer and talk.

Dudley had a 20-Meter HF station and found operators in Texas, Alabama, and Canada among other locations to answer and talk.

Girl Scouts and Moms participated in the event.

Girl Scouts and Moms participated in the event.

Participants gathered throughout the event. Scouts, and parents came, CQ'd and departed.

Participants gathered throughout the event. Scouts, and parents came, CQ’d and departed.

We were plagued by some degree of QRM induced by the Church HVAC. W0DBW proved a DSP noise suppression device that helped.

We were plagued by some degree of QRM induced by the Church HVAC. W0DBW proved a DSP noise suppression device that helped.

 

Please note: Albert KE0LOL also took some pictures.  When I find them I will add them to this page.