marylandscioly550 wrote:i really like this event too!
the thing is that at states, the competition was like a lab instead of the usual handwritten test... so we didn't do that well in the event
Uncle Fester wrote:My only objections to Crave:
My radio background goes way back to elementary school. I used to DX (pick up distant stations) AM Radio in SW Michigan, and knew every little trick in the book to get results. Like KJNP, suburban Fairbanks AK, and splitting KFI (Los ANgeles) from CMQ (Havana, Cuba) from each other. I took the big test and got my FCC Commercial First Class license at 17, allowing me to maintain all parts of a radio and TV station, plus the Microwave and the Radar endorsements (add-ons to the big test). When I worked for Motorola in the Los Angeles area in the 80's, I was one of the techs for the 84 Olympids (security radios), and also handled 2-way radio setup, programming and calibration (and three recalls!) of over 1500 units for the huge state-wide disaster radio program.
So what happened?
Nobody (management) anywhere was interested in the slightest in what I had available for tests, study guides and the like for the RADIO WAVE portion of the event. I even went to great lengths to refute the "MS kids don;t have enough math" claims by making the problems algebra-free. I don't believe that anyone ever intended to cover radio in the first place. What a shame. Also, what very little that was covered at the big Coaches Clinic and the State meeting was patently wrong. Sorry, AM & FM radio don't travel different distances because they're AM and FM, it's because the frequencies AM & FM broadcast are so different (0.54 to 1.7MHz vs 88 to 108MHz) they have different propagation abilities. And, if radio waves traveled via electron exchane, going outside would really, really hurt.
My kids compete in a regional where the host University goes all out to incorporate the very latest development in every event. As an example, an announcement was made one MONDAY about some amphibian discovered that had a full set of lungs. It appeared in the test THAT SATURDAY. So, with the looming changeover from NTSC to ATSC television come February, I was told by my boss coach to make sure my cravers (and the two backups) knew everything that could possibly be asked about BOTH, plus AM & FM broadcast, radio wave theory and types of transmission, safety & health, and history
How much radio was on the test, regionals AND states? Zippo. I think there was one radio question in Pennsylvania.
Sad, isn't it? We're supposed to be making Science fun for kids and we can't even get ADULTS IN THE PROGRAM to bother with it.
Looking back, it was all just a re-enactment of my elementary school Science days. Every September, I'd get a new Science book and look it over. magnets, electricity, motion; all were in the book. But every year we'd sort leaves instead.
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