One of the recent ones – again there were so
many – was 12 year old who invented a device
that goes on a defibrillator or a pacemaker.
When the call goes to the first responder over
a Ham frequency, it gives the GPS location
and information about the victim. It’s a
creation that he came up with, software
Last year we featured two students at Dayton
Youth Forum in May and then at the RCA
Technical Symposium in November. They
created a robotic pole climbing device for
public emergency service operations using
a Ham frequency. The device was built for
fires or hurricanes or emergency conditions
and can climb a pole to change light bulbs or
raise an antenna.
The RCA Technical Symposium came to a
full stop only when these kids were finished
presenting! The presentation was so exciting
that the audience wanted to get up and look
at the robotic device.
CONNECTION: What can our readers do to
help or get involved in the youth program?
CAROLE: If anyone knows a teacher
interested in getting a Ham radio program
going in a middle school or a high school they
should contact me. I will help them work with
RCA to get a program going with a money
grant, equipment, or curriculum. In many
cases, I will actually travel to the school to
help get things started.
We also support museums that have science
programs and Scouting. We donate a lot of
radios during the year to Boy Scout troops.
So again, if you know someone who would be
interested in starting a program with a local
museum or the Scouts please contact me.
Additionally, we could always use equipment
or funds to help support growing the program
around the country.
DAVID: As Carole said, she’s focused on
He established institutes at Virginia Tech
the ages up to high school. RCA also has
scholarships that we give to university
students. They’re not big amounts, but they
inspire interest in the industry. Probably the
most important scholarship person that we
ever had is Ted Rappaport. He recently stood
up at one of our events and commented that
he is very proud of his scholarship and that
it gave him inspiration and motivation to
begin his career He is now a major industry
leader developing Think Tanks in educational
centers for the wireless technology industry.
and the University of Texas in Austin. Now
he is at New York University building a joint
engineering and medical technology institute
which is looking at the application of wireless
in the biomedical fields.
CONNECTION: David, what do you see as
the future of radio and why is it important to
continue educating our youth about radio?
DAVID: I think the future of radio is to
continue to be the underlying, critical means
by which the information will travel. The
dilemma is that the word, “radio,” is perceived
to be an old word. When people hear it they
think about old radio shows and don’t realize
that it is a current technology. But radio is
still a fundamental technology, We need to
educate today’s youth to become interested
in modern wireless communications. We’re