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ARRL, DFW Contest Group, OMIK, KF5CRF, YL-System = #17011, W5KS, YACHT #21
and USS Oklahoma Mast Memorial, USS Batfish (WW2OK/WW2SUB).
Regular participant during Kid's Day, School Club Roundup, Field Day, Winter Field Day, Museum Ships Weekend and NA Sprint.
The Amateur Radio Community Outreach program sometimes referred to as Park On The Air, is designed to demonstrate to interested minds the adventure and possibilities of amateur radio. Although the program is in Lawton, OK, it is certainly duplicatable just about anywhere kids can be found on a regular basis. Photo Left (R) Bob KC5EIU discusses amateur radio with (L) Dakota and (C) Tanner. Bob is able to strike up a conversation with kids and get them to talk about their future plans. Much of the success of the program is because of his personal desire to see kids grow into talented adults.
Clifton Harper, KE5YZB of the Lawton Eisenhower Middle School has established the Viking Radio Club, KF5CRF at the Eisenhower Middle School. During the fall of 2011, Harper will be offer Amateur Radio as an elective. One of Harper's students, then 7th grader Itzel KF5JAZ earned her Extra License. Itzel coached her younger brother, Marcos, now General Class Operator KF5LLG. Harper comes to the park nearly every Saturday (weather permitting, not raining, not below 50 degrees or above 100 -- and that gets pushed sometimes) that school is in session offering more radio time for interested students. Answer their call when they are calling CQ ... they are interested and eager to talk to you. This group size is now 20 -- GO VIKINGS! When the group is active they will frequently have a web cam and offer a livestream broadcast via www.hamsoncams.com.
Radio In the Park is an variation of the Ham in the Park program, started in Mesquite TX. Their focus was to re-energize hams. The goal of Radio In the Park, is to develop the interests of 8 - 12 years old and be available to offer assistence if they want to become amateur radio operators. Photo Right, Chris a Viking Radio Club member, works with Dakota, a first time visitor to the Radio In the Park.
Outreach events are scheduled to meet each Saturday school is in session at the Lawton, OK, Kid's Zone, located on 38th St, between Cache Rd and Gore Blvd. Each event is pretty much an all afternoon activity. When the weather is great, and the park is full, we'll frequently show up and set up an antenna or two. We avoid rainy days, after all, there are probably no kids in the park then either. You just never know when a future amateur will walk up and ask -- "What are you doing?". Left Jaron, KF5DIR, enjoys CW and always attempting to make contact. He has become a corner stone participating member of the Outreach program and helps make the project successful. He is that operator that is always operating at his station during Field Day. When he's on the air at the park he continually talks about the activity to the other station. Jaron is currently a Freshmen at Cameron University. Photo Right, Jim N5UJB profiles our "HELP WANTED"sign. Future Engineers Apply Today!
More pictures from the park!
Background: First licensed in 1993 and pretty much operated VHF/UHF with little exposure to HF. In 2008 upgraded to General and in 2009 upgraded to Extra. Goulet strongly supports getting youth involved in amateur radio and regularily participates by being the control operator during School Club Roundup or other activities involving youth and amateur radio.
In 2005 after being out of the army for nearly 15 years, Goulet was to be recalled to active duty. He was retrained with unique skills to operate as a Civil Affairs Specialist and later assigned to, B Co 414 Civil Affairs Battalion, Iraq. While in Iraq, Goulet developed several civil projects that became funded and realized. What became painfully obvious while in Iraq, was that Goulet could only communicate with his amateur radio buddies via the Internet. Recharged with a renewed motivation, Goulet began studying to upgrade. Goulet continues to proudly serve with the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2008, Goulet attended the Ham Comm in Dallas TX and listened to guest forum speaker David Kaun, N5DBK discussed ideas to reenergize amateurs that proved successful in their club. The idea was simple and sparked the idea of Parks On The Air. Modifying Kaun's idea, the focus was re-tuned to bringing an amateur radio experience to a Park location to interest non-amateurs. Goulet discussed the idea at the W5KS meeting and asked for club support and volunteers to work with him. This was followed by another conversation at the WX5LAW meeting. With amateur and community support the program has been generating a renewed interest in amateur radio.
ARRL, W5KS, OMIK, YACTH #21, YL SYSTEM #17011, KF5CRF, and the WW2SUB and WW2OK radio club.
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