Wayne and all,
My 12 year old son and 8 year old daughter are learning CW because they think
it's cool! The daughter has to keep "even" with big brother you know, or she
feels left out.
The point is they don't look at it as a hardship. If they don't practice for
a number of weeks, it is amazing that they are able to recall everything
without a problem! Must be the age I guess.
My son thinks that ham radio is NOTHING but homebuilding and CW. I'm not
about to correct him! He's coming up the right way I believe. This summer's
goal is a Novice license for him. He gets one of the 49er spy rigs and a
2N2/40 when he gets his ticket. He will be building the 2N2's in the
meantime and thinks it is cool to work someone with something he built
himself. He has already been exposed to "other" types of hams, i.e.
appliance operators and sees no virtue in going that route himself.
The future does look promising, and yes, it IS our responsibility to carry on
this type of tradition.
Howard Kraus, K2UD
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