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AA4WC   Contact Moderator
Just trying to give a school a couple more points.-----
Just trying to give a school a couple more points.
 
B0GUS   Contact Moderator
Second end-to-end test of new SCR entry form on contests.arrl.org-----
End-to-end test of move of SCR entry form to contests.arrl.org
 
K0UND   Contact Moderator
Thank you !!
 
K3TW   Contact Moderator
"Greetings from warm and sunny Florida."
 
K4PSA   Contact Moderator
A great effort from the kids this week for only three or four hours after school. Thanks to all the
schools for working us, and for all the support from the OMs we worked.
 
K4WBM   Contact Moderator
Great conditions.  Students were thoroughly engrossed in pile ups.   We used a spotting program
(DXSUMMIT) two days which helped us locate schools.   We maintained a frequency 7.226 on the forty
meter which really helped.
 
K5LBJ   Contact Moderator
Band conditions continue to go south, but it gave K5LBJ an opportunity
to try 3 different modes (Phone, CW, Digital).  The variety added to 
the fun.  We worked AK & HI, but not RI, CT, or VT.  HF is weird.
Great to see more schools each year.  Tnx for another great SCR.
73, KC5EES (Trustee for K5LBJ, Austin, TX)-----
Band conditions continue to go south, but it gave K5LBJ an opportunity to try 3 different modes
(Phone, CW, Digital).  The variety added to the fun.  We worked AK & HI, but not RI, CT, or VT.  HF
is weird.  Great to see more schools each year.  Tnx for another great SCR.
73, KC5EES (Trustee for K5LBJ, Austin, TX)
 
K7UAZ   Contact Moderator
Almost all of the students were new to PSK-31 and thoroughly enjoyed the contest!  This was a great
warm-up exercise for the ARRL Field day.
 
KB7MBV/4   Contact Moderator
Here is a repeat of contest log. I was notified that my first log submission was incorrect. I am new
to submitting logs for contests. Please feel free to contact me if this submission is not
correct.-----
I am new to submitting a log. If any comments please email me.  Thanks!!
 
KD8NOM   Contact Moderator
With missing Monday (school weather closure) our members had a LOT of catching up to do! A big rally
on Tuesday continued through the week.Lots of calls and pile ups made for great ear training!
Regardless of score I am super PROUD of our kids effort and skill. Special thanks to our volunteers
for daily snacks and assistance ! See ya in the Fall !
 
KE6SES   Contact Moderator
Supported by three members of the Yuba-Sutter ARC. Several of the students will test March 2nd.
 
KE8FWT   Contact Moderator
Several new students introduced to Amateur Radio
 
KE9KEK   Contact Moderator
Poor weather conditions caused us to cancel the contest for two days.  Valentine's Day caused us to
lose another day.  We only contested for two days after school but the club had a great time.  See
you all in the fall.
 
KM4RE   Contact Moderator
As always this has been a great experience. Our students spend several days after school in the
weeks before the event to plan strategies. It is always very satisfying to then see them implement
and adjust their plans according to conditions, etc. This even embodies the processes that should
drive effective STEM education.
 
KN4BBD   Contact Moderator
Pinson Valley High School Amateur Radio Club participated in the February 2019 SCR with a
combination of 45 students, one parent, and two teachers rotating through the school’s station
during the week.  Many students who had never been exposed to the amateur radio service were able to
quickly learn to make contacts and a few even worked small pile ups.  

“At the beginning of the School Club Roundup we set up the log, reviewed how to tune the radio,
and get the whole system set up. We started giving our call sign and the traffic would vary often
from overcrowded calls to the silence of nothing while talking to the static of the radio. The
experience of hearing someone give their call or repeat yours is indescribably satisfying to hear.
It was very exciting to make contacts especially DX contact. The overall experience is great and is
even more fun because you are competing against other schools. I especially enjoyed showing other
students how to operate the radio and make a contact.”  Seth

“Participating in the contest (SCR) was so much fun. I had never talked on a radio before and
really didn't know anything about it until we visited the radio room.  I thought it was very cool to
talk to people all over the country on the radio. Is this what they had before cell phones?” Kayla

Last week when we got to take part in the school radio contest I learned about a new technology. 

“I thought it was amazing that you can talk to people through radio waves.  When Mrs. Moore
explained that our cell phone is basically the same thing, I was surprised.  I didn't know radios
like this existed except for the police, fire, and EMTs. It was really cool. I love to talk to
people so I wasn't shy after a few times.” Allison-----
Pinson Valley High School Amateur Radio Club participated in the February 2019 SCR with a
combination of 45 students, one parent, and two teachers rotating through the school’s station
during the week.  Many students who had never been exposed to the amateur radio service were able to
quickly learn to make contacts and a few even worked small pile ups.  

“At the beginning of the School Club Roundup we set up the log, reviewed how to tune the radio,
and get the whole system set up. We started giving our call sign and the traffic would vary often
from overcrowded calls to the silence of nothing while talking to the static of the radio. The
experience of hearing someone give their call or repeat yours is indescribably satisfying to hear.
It was very exciting to make contacts especially DX contact. The overall experience is great and is
even more fun because you are competing against other schools. I especially enjoyed showing other
students how to operate the radio and make a contact.”  Seth

“Participating in the contest (SCR) was so much fun. I had never talked on a radio before and
really didn't know anything about it until we visited the radio room.  I thought it was very cool to
talk to people all over the country on the radio. Is this what they had before cell phones?” Kayla

Last week when we got to take part in the school radio contest I learned about a new technology. 

“I thought it was amazing that you can talk to people through radio waves.  When Mrs. Moore
explained that our cell phone is basically the same thing, I was surprised.  I didn't know radios
like this existed except for the police, fire, and EMTs. It was really cool. I love to talk to
people so I wasn't shy after a few times.” Allison
 
KW6GB   Contact Moderator
First-time participant.  Glad to help a few schools add to their totals.
 
KY4DH   Contact Moderator
We counted W5RRR as a school, although they might count as a club.  My students were excited to talk
with NASA in Houston.
 
N4SMS   Contact Moderator
With 17 student operators, we were very busy.
It is real interesting to watch former students, or current experienced students act like
experienced ELMERS!

Dave, WB5NHL held a Technician class during the off times for the students, the whole week!

We put up our new OCF antenna at 40ft on Tuesday, before operating. A great antenna. Thanks to the
Aiken County Schools IT department bucket truck and crew. 
And Donuts on Wed., Cup Cakes on Thursday, PIZZA on Friday.  Even had a school dance on Friday, just
down the hall from the radio shack!


Thanks to all the Elmers that put in over 29 hours each, supporting the school club. It was well
worth it. ALL the students got a good bit of mic. time, and a time of their lives talking to places
they may never see. YOU want YOUTH in ham radio, YOU have to grow them one at a time..

QUOTES OF THE WEEK-
Annie, one of our smart licensed 8th graders was logging. She told the student on the mic to
“Speak up and talk a little louder because you are talking to 70 year olds”.

Again, later she said, “You have to talk like you are talking to your grandmother”.

A conversation started about typewriters. One of the students said, “Yea, I know what that is, my
Grandmother has one.”-----
With 17 student operators, we were very busy.
It is real interesting to watch former students, or current experienced students act like
experienced ELMERS!

Dave, WB5NHL held a Technician class during the off times for the students, the whole week!

We put up our new OCF antenna at 40ft on Tuesday, before operating. A great antenna. Thanks to the
Aiken County Schools IT department bucket truck and crew. 
And Donuts on Wed., Cup Cakes on Thursday, PIZZA on Friday.  Even had a school dance on Friday, just
down the hall from the radio shack!


Thanks to all the Elmers that put in over 29 hours each, supporting the school club. It was well
worth it. ALL the students got a good bit of mic. time, and a time of their lives talking to places
they may never see. YOU want YOUTH in ham radio, YOU have to grow them one at a time..

QUOTES OF THE WEEK-
Annie, one of our smart licensed 8th graders was logging. She told the student on the mic to
“Speak up and talk a little louder because you are talking to 70 year olds”.

Again, later she said, “You have to talk like you are talking to your grandmother”.

A conversation started about typewriters. One of the students said, “Yea, I know what that is, my
Grandmother has one.”
 
ND8GA   Contact Moderator
As before, we remain grateful for all the volunteer work that goes into the preparation and
execution of this wonderful event.  Many Thanks! Ken, KG8DN, Trustee
 
ON7DQ   Contact Moderator
No luck for schools this time, but got a few other clubs. And still good memories of the SCR from
the days at ON4HTI. 73 de Luc ON7DQ
 
P4/W1CQ   Contact Moderator
A brief trip to test a lightweight portable DXpedition station coincided with the SCR - so it was
great fun to be a DX contact for many schools and clubs while operating from a beautiful Caribbean
location - TNX and 73 to all!
 
VA3UOT   Contact Moderator
CW proved its mettle and helped us get to the 20 school mark. Let's just hope that we see more
colleges and universities on next time.-----
Happy to see CW making a comeback in the SCR. Where were all of the Universities?
 
VE3BFU   Contact Moderator
ALL THE BEST ,ENJOY THIS HOBBY WHICH HAS UNLIMITED WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ALL YOUR LIFE.-----
ALL THE BEST .ENJOY THIS GRATE HOBBY WHICH HAS UNLIMITED WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ALL YOUR LIFE.
 
VE9UNB   Contact Moderator
We got a last-minute request to check the contest.  We do not have great antennas and we could only
hear a few stations.  It took about 10 to 20 minutes to be heard over the noise and fading, but it
was a pleasure to have QSOs with the school clubs at Purdue and Georgia Tech.  The operators were
Brent VE9EX, Alex VE9LEX and Nick VE9WAM.
 
W0QQQ   Contact Moderator
Another great year for the Kansas State University Amateur Radio Club!
 
W0WCS   Contact Moderator
We had limited operating time due to the students' tight schedules, the control operator's business
trip, and weather-related school closures. But the kids had fun and made a lot of contacts. 40
meters was the most productive band, generating good pile-ups. 20 was very spotty but we got a
decent opening to the west coast on Friday just before shutting down. Thanks to all the individual
stations that made the effort to contact us!-----
We had limited operating time due to the students' tight schedules, the control operator's business
trip, and weather-related school closures.  But the kids had fun and made a lot of contacts.  40
meters was the most productive band, generating good pile-ups.  20 was very spotty but we got a
decent opening to the west coast on Friday just before shutting down.  Thanks to all the individual
stations that made the effort to contact us!-----
We had limited operating time due to the students' schedules, the control operator's business trips,
and weather-related school closures.  But the kids had fun and made a lot of contacts.  40 meters
was especially good, but we got a decent opening on 20 to the west coast on our last day of
operation.  Thanks to all the individual stations that made the effort to contact us!
 
W1MX   Contact Moderator
SOAPBOX: A couple of Qs made to get warmed up, then really got into
SOAPBOX: the contest a few hours later. Only operated 20m and 40m, but
SOAPBOX: both bands sounded quite active. Unfortunately could not work
SOAPBOX: a lot of 20m, let alone other bands, because we got forced
SOAPBOX: into running 7.245 MC LSB thanks to a small pileup that
SOAPBOX: landed us the bulk of our Qs.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Fun roundup this year, even though we could only operate for
SOAPBOX: 3-4 hours, only 2-3 of which were earnest, right to the end
SOAPBOX: of the contest.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Didn't get computerized logging working on the HF opers in
SOAPBOX: time, so Qs were logged on paper and transcribed manually
SOAPBOX: after. Definitely will want to get logging running working
SOAPBOX: ASAP - we lost stations who were waiting for us to finish
SOAPBOX: writing down Qs during the pileup. Please excuse any
SOAPBOX: transcription and counting errors in advance.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Unique states: 28
SOAPBOX: Unique provinces of the great white North: 2
SOAPBOX: Unique DXCC: 2 (including a W1CQ in Aruba!)
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Clubs: 1
SOAPBOX: Schools: 15
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Would strongly urge the ARRL to consider extending the event
SOAPBOX: from Monday to Friday into Monday to Sunday, allowing for
SOAPBOX: schools with members busy during the weekday to operate over
SOAPBOX: the weekend.-----
SOAPBOX: A couple of Qs made to get warmed up, then really got into
SOAPBOX: the contest a few hours later. Only operated 20m and 40m, but
SOAPBOX: both bands sounded quite active. Unfortunately could not work
SOAPBOX: a lot of 20m, let alone other bands, because we got forced
SOAPBOX: into running 7.245 MC LSB thanks to a small pileup that
SOAPBOX: landed us the bulk of our Qs.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Fun roundup this year, even though we could only operate for
SOAPBOX: 3-4 hours, only 2-3 of which were earnest, right to the end
SOAPBOX: of the contest.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Didn't get computerized logging working on the HF opers in
SOAPBOX: time, so Qs were logged on paper and transcribed manually
SOAPBOX: after. Definitely will want to get logging running working
SOAPBOX: ASAP - we lost stations who were waiting for us to finish
SOAPBOX: writing down Qs during the pileup. Please excuse any
SOAPBOX: transcription and counting errors in advance.
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Unique states: 28
SOAPBOX: Unique provinces of the great white North: 2
SOAPBOX: Unique DXCC: 2 (including a W1CQ in Aruba!)
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Clubs: 1
SOAPBOX: Schools: 15
SOAPBOX:
SOAPBOX: Would strongly urge the ARRL to consider extending the event
SOAPBOX: from Monday to Friday into Monday to Sunday, allowing for
SOAPBOX: schools with members busy during the weekday to operate over
SOAPBOX: the weekend.
 
W2CXN   Contact Moderator
Our newly installed antennas worked very well. This was our best performance in many years. Perhaps
the best since 1991. It was great to have student members operating and logging.
 
W4LMS   Contact Moderator
W4LMS had 11 student operators this week, including 8 students who were on the air for the first
time!  We continue to have great support from our school, staff, and our county leadership; we even
had a visit this week from Walker County Superintendent Damon Raines!  Rambler Radio Club students
live for School Club Roundup Week!!
 
W5AC   Contact Moderator
10.71 hours of operation
W5AC ENJOYED CONTACTING EVERYONE. THIS SEMESTER, WE HAD A GRADUATE
STUDENT AND SOPHOMORE SHOW SEVERAL NEW LICENSEES HOW FUN HF CAN
BE. ASIDE FROM SCR, WE WERE ABLE TO CONTACT A FEW FORMER STUDENTS
AND RPI (W2SZ, THANKS GALEN!) DUE TO THE RAISING OF OUR ANTENNA FOR
SCR. 73 FROM AGGIELAND. WHOOP!
 
W8EDU   Contact Moderator
Wow!  What a week!  Lots of newcomers, several previously unknown amateur on campus came to operate,
contacted alumni, chanced across friends from decades earlier, and on and on.  Thank you as always
to the organizers--and to all the club operators who coached newcomers through first HF contacts.
 
W8LT   Contact Moderator
Thanks for organizing this, we had a blast! Go Bucks!
 
W9GRS   Contact Moderator
We completed our 10th year on air and despite the another round of less than ideal conditions, each
time brings new highlights for us. This year, Quentin, KD9LBO, took charge of the mic, helping
lead his fellow classmates through Q's. We worked 9G2HO for a new DX school and finally got W8LT
into our log!  Always great to see everyone on air and rekindle friendships.  73 from the Flatlands
of Illinois! - W9GRS
 
W9YB   Contact Moderator
Thanks for another great contest!
 
W9YT   Contact Moderator
It irritates me to NO END that I submit an electronic log and then HAVE TO FILL IN THE BOXES ABOVE! 
YOU PARSE THE LOG!
 
WA4RMA   Contact Moderator
SOAPBOX: 3 operators
SOAPBOX: 1.86 hours of operation
 
WB2KWC   Contact Moderator
I am a member of LIMARC, the sponsoring club and have been helping administrate the contest for at
least 5 years however this is the first time I have been able to participate.