The following are some activities involving Youth and Amateur Radio.
Make Your Own QSL Card
Provide examples of QSL cards from personal and/or club collections.
Use these as examples for youth to create one of their own, either on paper or on the computer.
Youth may use their own name or the call sign they would like to have and you can put these on display for all to see
Morse Code (CW) Bracelet
Using three different coloured beads and lacing, have youth make a bracelet or a necklace of their name as it would be in Morse Code/CW.
Use one coloured bead for a dash, another for a dot, and a third for a space.
rovide a copy of the CW letters as a guide https://www.apogeekits.com/PDF_Files/Morse_Code.pdf
Radio Fox Hunting
Making a Simple Crystal Radio
Short Wave Listening
Other Great Ideas
Do you have a great activity or idea that you have used to introduce radio concepts to youth?
Do you have an idea that you would like to see turned into some sort of activity for youth?
Use the form below to submit your idea to the Youth Education Program. These will be shared on this website with Amateur Radio youth, Teachers and Leaders, and clubs across Canada and around the world.
Youth Events and Programs
RAC Scholarship and Grant Program: https://www.rac.ca/grant-information/
Steam 2017 Festival of Learning: https://www.rac.ca/canada-wide-science-fair-and-steam-2017/
Manitoba High Altitude Flight Day: https://www.rac.ca/manitoba-schools-will-be-flying-high-altitude-balloons-habs-tomorrow-thursday-may-4/
Youth groups can contact Amateur Radio clubs in their area through these links:
How to find Canadian clubs: https://www.rac.ca/clubs/
How to find Affiliated clubs: https://www.rac.ca/affiliated-club-listing/
Online Articles for Information about Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio Code of Conduct (thanks to VA3XPR):
Using the Phonetic Alphabet
Using another version of the Morse Code/CW alphabet:
A handy CW translator:
Testing for your Amateur Operator's Certificate
Purchasing a manual:
An iTunes app to help studying for your exam:
Industry Canada Question Bank:
Industry Canada test generator:
Applying for a call sign:
Study/Reference Materials for your exam
Quick Reference Operating Aids courtesy of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL):
Hamstudy guides available for purchase online:
Basic Amateur Radio Course from the Toronto Emergency Communication Group:
Guide to Amateur Radio for New Hams from eham.net (US content but still applicable to Canada):
How Ham Radio Works:
Amateur Radio on Wikipedia:
Ham Radio Basic Training- Self Study from Al Hatch, VA6HAL:
The Canadian Kids Guide to Getting on the Air by Brian Buydens, VE5RDV:
Alex Discovers Amateur Radio – an ICOM comic book:
No-Nonsense Study Guides for purchase from Dan Romanchik, KB6NU:
Amateur Radio Comic and Coloring Books from ICOM for download:
Infusing Radio-Based Communication Tools into the Curriculum (ideas from the US):
Study Guides from David Collingham, K3LP
Thanks David for providing us with the permission to use these great resources.
Amateur Radio Information and Best Practices - Student Booklet:
Electronics Theory and Communications Student Workbook:
Electronics & Communications Lab Student Booklet:
Video Resources Related to Amateur Radio
Introduction to Radio (32 minutes from the World Genesis Foundation):
Shorter version of the World Genesis Foundation video- 19 minutes:
An Introduction to the Modern Amateur Radio Hobby with NW7US- 11 minutes:
Introduction to Radio from Essex Radio - 7 minutes:
Ham Nation – “Last Man Standing episode”- insight into a hamshack- 4 minutes:
Herman Munster uses ham radio - 30 seconds:
Getting Started in Ham Radio - 14 minutes:
Ham Radio Jargon - 12 minutes:
Ham Nation- Ham radio basics - 52 minutes:
Canadian Amateur Radio- Introduction to Ham Radio - 4 minutes:
Shortwave Listening - 21 minutes:
Ham Radio Tutorial- How to call “CQ” from N1QQ - 7 minutes:
Ham Radio tutorial- Intro to the HF Bands from N1QQ - 8 minutes: