The Woodward News

December 5, 2012

Kids have another way to reach Santa

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Kids, if you forgot to mail your letter to Santa, you still have a chance to share your wish list.

Children of all ages will soon have the opportunity to talk directly to Santa at the North Pole via ham radio.

The Tri-State Amateur Radio Group will be sponsoring a "Talk to Santa Night" at the Santa House in Crystal Beach Park on Dec. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The group's secretary-treasurer Jay Kruckenberg said, "It's something new we're trying. We're going to set up a ham radio station at the Santa House and let kids talk to Santa directly so they can make any last minute changes to their Christmas lists. We thought it'd be fun for the kids."

The Tri-State Amateur Radio Group, which was established in 1995, has been involved in a variety of community efforts in the past, involving everything from helping with emergency management to weather spotting, Kruckenberg said.

But with the "Talk to Santa Night," he said the group was looking to branch out to the younger demographics.

"We're hoping to get kids interested in radios; we'll have information promoting ham radios at the Santa House, but mostly we just wanted something fun for kids to do around this Christmas," he said, noting "We think kids will get a kick talking to Santa over the radio."

With Santa being so generous to take a couple of hours out of his busy schedule this holiday season, Kruckenberg said he hopes many children come participate in this unique Christmas opportunity.