Dear Frank et al:
No, I am not aware of any formal contact between this Yahoo Group
(Scout Radio)and the ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on Scouting. I took
the initiative to contact committee member Brian Mileshosky (N5ZGT)-
Vice Director of ARRL's Rocky Mountain Division, Eagle Scout, former
Hiram Percy Award winner, and K2BSA staff member at the 2001
National Jamboree. Brian is a level-headed, objective young man,
and his age puts him closer in touch with scouts than with most
I shared with Brian concerns from some K2BSA 2005 Jamboree staff
members that the stated objective of the committee to revise
the "Scouting and Amateur Radio" brochure was not expansive enough.
He responded that the committee would address larger issues, but I
haven't seen any of those yet. I'm not familiar with the other
members of the committee, nor with the staff member assigned to the
committee, Dave Patton (N1NN) who replaced Rosalie White as Field
Services Director. Those of us who served on staff at K2BSA at the
2005 Jamboree thought ARRL staff member Larry Wolfgang (WR1B)- who
has been at many National Jamborees as ARRL liaison to K2BSA, is
active in radio and scouting in his council in Connecticut, and is
an Eagle Scout himself - would have been a better choice as the
assigned ARRL staff member to the Ad Hoc Committee.
Regardless, three staff members from the 2005 K2BSA staff took it
upon themselves to put together a draft of 8 points we identified to
address how to improve the relationship between BSA and ARRL. Those
three authors are: myself, Mark Abramowicz (NT3V) and Larry Wolfgang
(WR1B). We are willing to share that document, but we are awaiting
comments from Ray Moyer (WD8JKV), the BSA national staff director of
K2BSA. Once Ray lends his thoughts and agrees that the draft is
ready to share in the "Files" section of this reflector, I'll be
glad to post it for further comment.
Many of the issues raised through this original thread - a
nationally scheduled offering of the Radio Merit Badge - should be
addressed through the ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on Scouting. It's my
hope that this committee will expand its stated objective, and look
at more encompassing issues that will impact the relationship
between Scouting and amateur radio over the next decade. I encourage
you who feel the same way to contact members of the Ad Hoc Committee.
Bill Morine, N2COP
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 23:05:11 -0600
From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...
Subject: Re: Digest Number 669
Hi Bill, et al,
This is a good discussion. I like your concept of events/activities
that culminate with JOTA.
I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
seeking ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting
that include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry
level) licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two
week day camp program), operating events/challenges/contests,
inexpensive self study courses for scouts via the internet (let's
face it -- $99 can be a big chunk of change for a scout in order to
take the online ARRL Tech course), kit building, radio operation on
the trail (or at camp), and our imaginations can dream up more.
This would be a list of activities/events that are "pick and choose"
for local councils, clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On
the other hand, operating events might be scheduled for certain
weekends -- or scouting units might be encouraged to participate in
certain operating events/contests as an entity, not just part of a
bigger club. For example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX
(K5BSA) has i
I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on the
air for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year
to year for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
*** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on
scouting is doing? Any postings of their current thinking? Any
readers contributing to their deliberation?
73, Frank KR1ZAN