A group of contesters and radio clubs in the U.S.
and Canada have organized a hands-on introduction to
HF operating for hams who
have never experienced the shortwave bands before. Called "Discover the HF
Experience," the program uses remote station technology to put hams on the
air on HF, even from locations without an HF station on premises. According to
the ARRL Letter
, Beta tests of the
program were scheduled for April 2 in Manitoba and April 10 in Massachusetts.
Four operating positions are planned for the ARRL Expo area at this year's
The program was conceived by Gerry Hull, W1VE,
who said the basic idea is to provide hams with an opportunity "to
experience HF if they're unfamiliar with it … We will have Elmers to help participants
through a contact so they can see how HF really works."