Some other things to keep in mind.
1. Sunspot numbers were poor in 2005 and the way things are going... 2010
may not be any better.
2. Many boys do use K2BSA to "phone home" with the help of local hams. The
boys can make a sked in the evening to reserve the time/freq. Not as easy
to set up as sending a radiogram.
3. If you doubled the station visitors (would be nice) then the staff
and/or the station may not be able to handle the number of visitors. Don't
forget the Merit badge midway. Radio MB and License class required a staff
to run them also. If you double the interest, it may also create a (nice)
No matter what... Keep it Simple and make it Fun.
Behalf Of Gary Wilson
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 3:38 AM
Subject: [ScoutRadio] Increasing Amateur Radio's Public Exposure through the
This is a good discussion. But we seem to jumping into the
engineering details without first understanding the marketing concept
first. So I'm changing the topic name back to the concept we need to
agree upon first.
Having personally been to a number of national jamborees and looking
at the reports of past K2BSA activity there, you can see the
following are reasonable averages for the past twenty years. Of the
typical 240,000 attendees, staff, day visitors and vendors passing
through a BSA National Jamboree, only about 10,000 actually visit the
K2BSA exhibit and less than 1,000 sign the visitor log. It's just
one of hundreds of things to do at a Jamboree.
On the operating side, K2BSA typically makes about 2,000 to 3,000 HF
contacts during a Jamboree. It also handles about 2,000 outbound
pieces of NTS traffic and takes in about 400 NTS messages to Scouts,
Staff and Leaders. Many of these later messages are "How you doing
messages", but some are time critical messages such as "We can't come
as planned on Monday, but we'll meet you at your troop site on
Tuesday at 9AM", etc.
Providing an automated way for folks to send outgoing Amateur Radio
messages from K2BSA (After they have been reviewed by a ham for
appropriateness) as Bob has suggested is a great idea. I hope he
works to provide such a set-up to the K2BSA staff.
But it doesn't mean that we should ignore our opportunity to place
the words "Amateur Radio" in front of the 100,000 Scouts and parents
beforehand by setting up a system to facilitate the parent's ability
to originate messages to the Jamboree from home. This means making
it simple for the parents to start the process after Johnny has
left. And since we're going to eventually use the airwaves to send
these, it means a licensed ham needs to read the messages before they
ever hit RF.
When personally not at a Jamboree, I've had good success with giving
my personal e-mail address to the parents of Scouts in my council's
contingents so they know how to get a message to their sons. What
I'm proposing is to expand that idea from the 400 people who learn
about Amateur Radio from me to all 35,000 Scouts and their 70,000
An e-mail redirector is one way to do it and we might even get the
existing ARRL one to handle it. For example when you send an e-mail
it just forwards it to my real e-mail address.
Similarly, we could have ARRL forward something such as
for parents in Ohio to the Ohio Section Traffic
Manager or his designee for forwarding. By divvying up the work
regionally, we can make sure they're handled quickly but also are
then able to establish a relationship with the parent to promote
Amateur Radio later.
Once a ham reviews the message for appropriateness, how they start it
on its way to K2BSA is up to them. In my case, I tend to load them
onto our local Packet BBS which digitally forwards them to the
Virginia NTS Nets for relay to K2BSA.
Now to automate things inbound to K2BSA, there should be a discussion
between the Virginia Section Traffic Manager to what automated tools
might link Virginia NTS and K2BSA together for digital traffic. And
K2BSA needs to make sure that the messages get delivered to the sub-
camp post office on a daily basis.
So do we agree that this opportunity to promote Amateur Radio to very
wide audience (much more than the kids at the Jambo) is too a good
thing to ignore? If we don't, then all the technical discussion as
to how to do it is irrelevant.
Gary Wilson, K2GW
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Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
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