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Contract: Even the mosi cursory glance at this text is sufficieni \o bind you. morally and legally, lo lake a Kict {oi kids] along on Field Day, get em fired up on amaieur radio, and then help em gei siarted toward a ¡¿cense You'll leel gooo about yourself and our legal couse won t have o hassle you

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Wayne Green W2NSD/1

Well, here we go w ith another of Wayne's editorials...starting off wiih a call for you to get elected to your stale legislature—to help save amateur radio. if nothing else. Then I start teaching Making Money I0L I push (again) for you to give outstanding hams recognition before ihey die of poor nutrition and dehydration like the rest of us, ril bring you up to dale on the exciting recent co)d fusion developments, plus some ideas on biological transmutation Stuff like that.

I really should slop taking showers! That's when all of my better ideas hit. And this morning s brainstorm is a corker It's a Way we can turn our hobby into a national movement-

I've been fussing at you for years about getting youngsters back into the hobby, endlessly griping about how our beloved ARRL, then controlled b> millionaire Mort kahu W2KR, wiped out 95% of the school radio clubs 30 years ago, destroying the infrastructure which had been feeding hams into our hobby for the 17 years after World War Ii. indeed, school radio clubs provided 80% of our newcomers up until 1964, and we had a steady I I '/i growth per year. Just thought I'd remind my Alzheimer's readers.

How would you like to help to not jusl keep amateur radio alive for the next generation, hut to help make it grow again? How would >ou. at the same time, like to help a few million youngsters have a belter chance at high-paying high-tech jobs? We hams, more than most people, know how important it mo understand the fundamentals of electronics and communications.

The electronic genie has been let out of the bottle and no

amount of protectionism is going to stop ihe changes it's making in the world. Cellular phones, faxes, a new generation of personal communicators, computer networks, beepers, and so on have changed how business is run. Low cost communications and transportation lias put workers almost anywhere in the world in direct competition for many of our jobs.

Our manufacturing plants are in competition with those in Korea and Pakistan, where their wages arc not only a fraction of ours, but their educational systems are vastly better, and their degree of automation is enough to scare the hell out of any American manufacturer I've written about a Korean factory I visited that turns out color TV sets by the millions. It i,s so totally automated that their labor per set is under 15 minutes, including packing and shipping!

More than ever before, it's either work sman or you don't work. Computers and communications .ire thinning the adminis-native riinks as well as the factory work forces. Most machines ;ire now numerically controlled, with robots replacing workers without demanding vacations, sick pay, health i n surance, u ne niploy n len t insurance, coffee breaks, smoking breaks, of overtime.

I hope it is no news flash for you, but our worse-tban-Third-World school system is not preparing our kids to cope with technology. And thai s where you come in.

Yes, 3 know, the country is being run b\ politicians whose foresight is limited to their next reelection campaign. But that's not only a problem, u s one hell til an opportunity. And, with few exceptions (1 hope), our politicians are being controlled by their major campaign donors. And that ain't us. The whole existence of amateur radio today depends tin our being invisible instead of on what were contributing to society

Okay, here we Lire wiih around 700,000 licensed hams. That's a pretty good group to work with, but only il we can gel 'em all headed in Ihe same direction.

The plan

One of the biggest favors we amateurs could do for our states, our country, and our hobby, would be to get an eight a ear course in electronics, communications. and computers into every grade school in the country. And 1 11 tell you exactly how we can do it, if you're game.

The key is to start locally and work upward. It doesn't cost a lot to run for the state legislature. What kind of an impact could we have if only of the hams could get elected to slate legislatures? That's 7,000. I don't think there are that main state legislators. Here in New Hampshire we ha\e the Largest state legislature in the country', with 40d representatives. Now that's local representation! But then New Hampshire is such a small state that \ know till of my senators and representatives personally. And the governor. The president of the University of New : iampshiru has been a good friend for over 33 years. .And so on

The main promise you can make lo the voters is that sou are

going to work lo improve our school system, B> getting our kids a better education we II help them make beLter incomes and be more able to compete with workers anvwhere in the m world. An eight-year course {grades 5-12} in technology isn't going to solve every educational problem, but it'll probably be better than any other single change we could make. If you can get the ball rolling in >our state, we ll see this becoming a national rno\emeni. This isn't something that can be organized by Washington bureaucrats. This has to start locally.

Of course, one of the t ob-lems in leaching electronic,; is ihe speed ol change. By the time a new textbook can be produced and accepted it's two or three generations of chips behind. Teaching kids I WO technology in \996 is stupid The simple and logical answer to that is a monthly magazine for each of ihe eight grades. It \\ ould covcr the material for the month, have a special encyclopedic section on one specific technology, and columns on hightech hobbies such as ham radio, computer hacking, science lairs, mid so on. The idea would be not only to teach the kids, but to gel them personally involved so ihey would eiijo\ learning and go oui of their way to learn as much as ihey could.

But. you probably argue, if you are a true-blue negative thinker, a magazine like thai uouid cosi around S25 a sear per student and that might be prohibitive for many low income families. So how about allowing advertising to pay the freight? Would you really be upsei if Scars, Nike, el al helped make a world-class education possible for your kids? Or grandkids?

ril bet there would be a hunch of electronic and other science kii^ advertised loo. Heck, with enough advertising, each issue could include a small pans kii or a CD-ROM. We might be able to wean the ne\i generation away from Nintendo and TV.

A course like this would get a lot of kids interested in science, bringing us many more scientists and engineers, If we're going to gel back our consumer electronics industries from Japan we're going to need em. Of course, we re only losing a lew tens of billions of dollars in revenues, so who cares, righi?

And 1 have a sneaky plan for making it possible for colleges lo run tuition-free, without gov-emment or even iihimni subsidization. And they'd graduate kids in three \ears instead of four, learning maybe double or triple what today's grads do. As a legislator you II be in a position Contained on page i 7

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