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First contest for Carter, 5th grader, KG7NAZ, with Anna, 9th grader, W0ANT. Radio is a Yaesu FT-897 provided by ARRL ETP grant and antenna used is a Force 12 15M 1/2 wave vertical dipole. Students operated Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Per N3FJP software, our score was 46M, 76 points, score of 3,496
We improved our performance in every category- students participating, QSOs, schools, hours, etc! Our dipole on the roof helped!!!
Great time!! My first ever School club roundup. Big thanks to N3FJP for the school club roundup software. that was what I needed to really get out there and have some fun!
I heard a few more Individuals and Clubs calling CQ School Club Roundup this time.
2nd time participant in SCR
It took 4 of us an hour and a half to string up the 94 foot dipole (same antenna we use every year). This antenna comes out of a third story math classroom ... across the school's driveway ... and is anchored in a tree. Man, it was cold. The first day of the event was a snow day ... a common occurrence for K1BBS in the February SCR. As is customary, a student (one of the team captains) walked to school so we wouldn't lose a day. 5 hours later ... Cubby had 235 contacts ... I had 1. It is safe to say that everyone involved had a great time and we scored our highest score ever. The best part, though, is to witness the maturation of a first time operator as they transition from timid and balky talkers to confident and smooth pileup managers. By week's end, I could sit back and let the students perform all the necessary functions and make all the decisions. To listen to them discuss what they had heard and how to reply was a treat. SCR is the only ham radio activity K1BBS participates in ... and that is what makes this such a special event. Students literally wait all year for this. Thanks to all the stations that contacted our students ... especially those from other schools. You are the ones that made this event so enjoyable. de WD1W ... trustee of K1BBS.
Our eight student operators were SCR rookies and are studying hard for their Tech license. All grade 3 through 8 students and teachers cycled through the radio room and were thrilled to hear the action. All are keen to participate in the Fall.
Had fun working the schools and individuals in the School Club Round-up this year. Was great to work them from a club station at a Boy Scout Camp.
It's always a pleasure to participate in the ARRL School Roundups 73 from sunny Florida
Despite using an alternate setup (due to ongoing SWR issues), we still managed to have lots of fun! Total operating time was approximately 22 hours. Operator/Primary Logger: John, KK4BSM Logging Assistants: Malcolm, NB3T and Magda, KM4EGE 73 and Go Hokies! de K4KDJ
As the Sun cycles up and down, so goes involvement of students at our school. Although kids were too busy to compete in Spring SCR, we hope everyone had a good time. See you next time. -73, Ronny, KC5EES (Trustee, K5LBS, LASA HS ARC, Austin, TX)
GOOD FUN. OPERATION CUT SHORT BY EQUIPMENT FAILURE. I WILL HAVE TWO TRANSCEIVERS FOR THE NEXT ONE. -73 K6IQL SPRING HILL KS
Wasn't planning to participate, but heard N3FJP calling. Submitting so he can get points for working a club station. Also, we still use a paper log, so hopefully the log submission is usable. (Not sure if there is other information that an electronic logger would include.)
Another great time... Wednesday and Thursday were not as good. But the kids worked hard and did well, even though it was final exams week.
Jeffrey Hammers, KD9BHP, is the school club sponsor, but Dan Hunter, NW9N, was our chief operator in the station with the students during operating hours. Also, one of our students left the timer box checked and did not turn off the computer at the end of the day. The Cabrillo report says that we operated for 58 hours but we only operated for 24 hours (6 hours per day, Monday-Thursday.) This is our first time uploading a log for any contest, so if anything is incorrect that I need to fix you can let me know by emailing me at the club email or my email email@example.com. All the students involved really loved it and we have many students who now want to get their license. Thank you for organizing this great contest! Thank you, Student President Katarina Sotak KD9BHW
New point record for our school club. Band conditions were pretty good. Everyone had fun and learned a lot.
OPERATORS: KC5KBO KG5AJW KG5AGL HAYDEN GRACE KAELI KEVIN EVAN VIJETA AIDEN AYAN We were not able to operate as much as we did last year but we had fun and learned a lot.
THis was the first time running through with the students. We have attempted to follow the guidelines to the best week could. We entered the data from paper log sheets into the logging software for better understanding. The utc time was corrected however we were not sure how to correct the clock. We operated for 11 hours total over the three day. The indicated 49.42 is not correct. This was a great first year and we are looking forward to many more to come.
I really enjoyed talking to all the students. Special Thanks to all the Schools, Teachers and Operators who helped make this event possible. I look forward to the next event.
Another great SCR! This year the kids really got into PSK. They thought that it was like text-ing with a KICK! Unfortunately we had to miss the opening day but the kids worked very hard to nearly equal last Fall's 2014 score. Great job to our Radio-Active D.E.A.R.S.!
Everyone Had fun
WE ALL HAD AN AWESOME TIME!
I actually won the school club roundup in 1998 or 1999 from the University of Arizona (K7UAZ), and this is the first time I've been back in the contest since then. It was a lot of fun to talk with so many great people, and to hear about all the new hams involved in the contest. I'm glad to hear the tradition continues!
Monday and Tuesday were a wash as we had high winds that prevented our portable antenna from staying up. Wednesday was better and we were able to make a few contacts during the day. We had a celebrity visitor Ariel Tweto from "Flying Wild Alaska" was at the school presenting her "Bursting Bubbles" speaking engagement to the students. (She was supposed to be there Tuesday but the same winds kept her plane from flying to the village). She was fascinated by my account of what the radio club was doing with the students by expanding their world she wanted to see the station. She came in after school and as i was describing the components she sat down pulled up the script I had made for the kids and called CQ a few times with no takers. She couldn't stay long as her plane was due in for her next stop. The rest of the week was non operational as my classroom was going to be used as sleeping quarters for a visiting basketball team that was playing in a tournament at the school. In rural Alaska the school is the center of activity and is used as a hotel for visitors who do not have friends or family in the village. We will be back on in October as my contract to teach in Pilot was renewed.
We really enjoyed a great week of operating after a break of some years from this contest. All the best to you all, 73
This is the Duluth Children's Museum Radio Active Club (N0DCM) in Duluth, MN. We have been exposed to Amateur Radio starting with our experience in 2012 with an ARISS call to International Space Station. Some of the kids thought it was really cool talking with a real astronaut on the radio and so we started a club. Since then we have been working with local elmers from the Arrowhead Amateur Radio Club (ARAC) learning about how HAM radio works. They have helped us studying and testing to become operators and even helped us put together our own equipment. This is our first school club roundup and it was really fun. It was amazing to talk with people all over the country and to see the map of all our contacts at the end.
It was great to hear so many young operators. I am sorry I was not able to get more air time in. See you next October.
Excellent opportunity to encourage young folks in radio! This contest has lots of potential for growth with some minor rule tweaks!
We set up our station in the elementary school lunchroom and was temporary as we had to set up and take down each day including the antenna. This was a good field deployment exercise! The kids would ask "what is the big antenna for?" The 30 second ham radio elevator speech began. The kids familiar with ham radio would run up to the station and the pile up was for who would be first. Each day the curiosity would build and kids would casually come by the station to see what was up. During the week curiosity gave way to being on the air! As usual, the girls outnumbered the boys. We need to be doing a better job of introducing STEM/STEAM activities to the earlier grades. Planting the fun and confidence "seeds" before the Middle/Jr. High School "culture" takes hold is the key for finding those future technical adults. Our station was a barefoot FT-450 feeding a 53' inverted V with a home brew 9:1 unun. The antenna apex was about 25'.
Please also copy correspondence to Gary Yohe AJ4GL firstname.lastname@example.org and Josh Whitlow KI4HDI email@example.com
MOST ACTIVITY I'VE SEEN IN ANY SCR. I MET LOTS OF WONDERFUL STUDENTS AND CONTROL OPERATORS. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. I HOPE TO SEE EVEN MORE STATES ACTIVE NEXT CONTEST. THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HAD A HAND IN THIS.
Operators: WH6EAL, KR0CKT. Participant: KK6PGR
One accidental USB dupe not counted with N4SMS
Enjoyed being part of the event -- spent some great years at a great university amateur radio club!
In our local school situation, ham radio is increasingly seen as "old hat." Yet, the level of participation in the School Club Roundup seems also to be on the increase. The Roundup is still an excellent means of keeping the hobby and its relevance alive. Thanks! ND8GA
This was great fun. I'm a retired high school principal. I've always enjoyed young people.
It's a fun contests. I would like to heare more students and fewer teacer/oprators who operate alone without some kind of class participation.
Our first SCR and it was lots of fun! Thanks for a great intro to students. We'll be back next time for sure with more students operating.
WOW ! We don't have much competition in our category, but we broke our own previous record again ! It was great fun to work Dave, AD8B, author of SCR-Log. Looking forward to the next edition.
Great to hear some younger voices on the air
Great activity from the many schools on-air! It's always a pleasure to chat with the students...the future of ham radio!! Made 85% of QSOs on 20m band. The 10m band seemed underutilized...it was open all week. More 40m activity would be nice as well to work the Northeast schools/clubs from here. Unfortunately no CW contacts made. May I suggest **specific listening times/frequencies** for the CW and digital modes (worth double the points!) in future SCRs to promote activity on these modes?? Such as... check "on the half-hour" and +/- .035 on CW; +/- .075 on digital up from bottom of band. Once spotted, QSOs will follow! Overall, a very nice event. Looking forward to the next SCR!
Ops: W2CMD, KC1COQ, NS1A
We ran SCR-Log 5.1 in tandem with N3FJP 1.1 for comparison
The class worked one day phone and one day PSK31 digital. They were allowed to pick the mode for day 3 and picked PSK31. We found quite a few clubs. Good mode to operate. See you in September.
Greetings from Pope Paul II Catholic School in Lecanto, FL
Looking forward to next October.
Great Contest. Many operators were trained and really enjoyed participating. The member's interest in working HF was increased and now plan on upgrading their licenses. A special moment was talking with AL7DB, Dave, a former Cal Poly Alum from 1965 who was a former radio club member. Dave was working a large EU pileup and after hearing W6BHZ he paused to talk with the operators in the club individually for over 20 minutes reminiscing about Cal Poly and the club. We are appreciative of that and enjoyed it.
School schedule limited operations, be we were able to "sneak" some operating time during my classes at the end of day. Highlights included Austin chatting about drag race cars with Tommy at WD5AGO and having an extended QSO with K1N Navassa with DXpedition op Jerry WB9Z! Looking forward to October 2015!
Great fun talking to all of the different schools and students from first grade to college age!
First time participating as a newly reactivated club. Enjoyed it very much and look forward to the fall.
Fun contest unfortunately this station was available for two days.
Slow start, normally just hand out points, but students rallied to make a go of it on Tuesday. You can't say no. Great participation state side and abroad for the SCR. Met many new DX friends, Thanks!
Limited time because of work schedule, but enjoyed it.
You might want to take time to call "CQ SCR or CQ SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP". Makes it a lot easier to id who is in the contest from just general "CQ'ing."