Three metropolitan Melbourne primary school libraries now have practical lessons on Amateur Radio, thanks to library technician Julie Gonzales VK3FOWL. The exercise has been a real success within the local community.
Julie VK3FOWL operates from the libraries to introduce Amateur Radio to students from 8 to 11 years of age.
Each month a different group of six students are invited to the fun lunchtime program of learning and practicing the basics of Amateur Radio.
Julie VK3FOWL has prepared a booklet which covers callsigns, operating procedures, Morse code, Q-codes and log keeping.
Outdoor activities like antenna building and Amateur Radio Direction Finding are also offered. The feedback from school principals, parents and students has been positive.
Julie encourages other radio amateurs associated with primary schools to give it a go. She suggests contact the school principal first.
The School Amateur Radio Clubs operate on 40m and 2m at lunch times on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.