Children and teens from ages 6 to 16 tried their hand at Morse code recently with ham radio operators at the Childrenâ€™s Museum of Oak Ridge, learning to communicate on amateur radio as they also participated in celebrating the 100th birthday of the countryâ€™s national parks.
Jim and Ronnie Bogard, both amateur radio operators with FCC licenses, welcomed children on a recent Sunday to the museumâ€™s Discovery Lab, where they had set up portable radio equipment and a mobile antenna. Jim Womack (KC4RD) also set up an amateur radio station in the museumâ€™s Living Light Solar House.
â€œWe focus on Morse code, teaching the children to key, so they can send messages. It is like a secret language to kids,â€ said Jim Bogard (KY4L). â€œKids will hear two-way Morse code contacts from all over the U.S. and can have fun sending their names in Morse code. There are also opportunities to talk on the microphone with other amateur radio stations.â€
Amateur radio operators will be at the Childrenâ€™s Museumâ€™s Discovery Lab from 1-4 p.m. each third Sunday of the month. [Read more…]