> Hi my name is max and I will be teaching the radio merit badge
> at a summer
> camp this summer. any suggestions from anybody?
I was a Radio Merit badge counselor for our troop
at 1999 Summer Camp. You probably know that the
requirements for the merit badge are in the front
of the book and everything is explained in the
text. The boys will be learning things that they have
never been exposed to so don't be disappointed
if most of the boys find other merit badges to work on.
I took a few dipoles, a car battery, a charger, and a
IC-706 to camp. We had a great hilltop location
in the woods and the boys
were really interested to talk with hams that were
scouts when they were younger. They really got a
kick out of watching me work stations on CW and
were really interested in what the other station was
sending in code. I also had along the ARRL world map
so we could point to the DX locations. I made QSL
cards on my printer with the Troop number and
the event. The boys completed and signed the QSL
card after each contact.
We tried to arrange schedules with another troop
but we never made contact. The plan last year was
to use the posted JOTA frequencies. I expect to do the
same thing this year. I have been taking the 706 on
other trips since summer camp and some boys really
look forward to setting up the antenna and tuning
around. One ham answered our CQ's during summer camp
and then again when we were in Salem, MA. The boys
got a kick out of talking to him months later. He mentioned
the QSL card that he received from Summer Camp.
K3CT/3 will be on the air July 9 to July 14 from Northeast