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1696RE: Public Education On Ham Radio Re: [ScoutRadio] New Member

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  • J. Gordon Beattie, Jr.
    Dec 4, 2005
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      Your points about folks who can educate Scouts, or anyone else about Ham
      Radio are well taken. However, a bunch of local Hams trained our Boy Scout
      Troop 139 in Bergenfield, NJ for 3 out of four weeks for about three months.
      Each session was just over an hour and it yielded two new Scout/Hams, one
      Scouter/Ham with a few more being mentored by these new ones plus a few
      others. They should have their tickets in the next couple of months. Also,
      we ended up with 24 Scouts with the Electricity/Electronics/Radio MBs.
      Somewhere I have one page document describing why Troops should want to do
      what we did.
      Two final points:
      1. It does take a lot of time to do this.
      2. We have thirty-year old police officers who don't know what Amateur Radio
      is, let alone how it can be used. WE NEED TO KEEP UP THE PROMOS AND

      Gordon Beattie, W2TTT

      -----Original Message-----
      From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Fred Stevens K2FRD
      Sent: Saturday, 03 December, 2005 19:55
      To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Public Education On Ham Radio Re: [ScoutRadio] New Member

      Dan, I'm not certain I fully agree with your basic premise, that the general
      public is not knowledgeable about ham radio, but my argument would be based
      more on degree and semantics than anything else. At the top of my debate
      agenda, I would state, with a LOT of qualifications, that in my experience
      and observation, most adults (US and Canada; I would not want to apply this
      statement to other nations) know what ham radio is, i.e., they know ham
      radio is amateur radio. However, here's where the degree of familiarization
      diverges. From this point, some non-hams might be intimately familiar with
      ham radio while, at the other end of the spectrum, others are only aware ham
      radio exists with no knowledge of what it is about. In the middle, I suspect
      most have some notion of what ham radio operators do, but do not know the
      details. There are even adults who have never heard of ham radio, but these
      are the same people who cannot name the president of the US, so may be

      I would absolutely agree with your statement that the best level to interest
      people in our hobby is at the youth level. I am my own best example: I was
      hooked at 14 at Scout Camp, first licensed at 15, just before I made Eagle.
      And I never looked back. My story is probably very similar to many others on
      this list. However, Dan, when I was in college (long ago in a faraway
      galaxy), I had almost no time for ham radio; my studies came first although
      I managed to be Scoutmaster of a local Troop for a couple years, albeit most
      time so spent was recruiting ASMs to take the pressure off me. I think
      you've gone above the call of duty with your attempts to recruit other
      college students, but they may be the least likely group to be recruited for
      any volunteer or hobby activity due to their time constraints.

      Education may be our greatest failing with both youth and adults. We are all
      volunteers with only a limited amount of time to devote to ham radio
      education. And, it requires a LOT of time for such education: writing news
      releases, arranging demonstrations at Scout meetings and at schools or other
      youth gatherings, Elmering (mentoring) youth toward license completion, and
      other education activities demands dedication of fairly large blocks of
      time. Such time is not normally casual contact, but rather must be committed
      in advance, something not everyone is willing or able to do because of job,
      health, or home requirements. Others are retired and may just be too worn
      out from life to make such time commitments or, in fact are seriously
      R-E-T-I-R-E-D and feel they have put in their time. Indeed, it does require
      a serious commitment of time, resources, money, and emotional energy to
      foster ham radio in Scouting and only a relative few of us are actually able
      to bring all these factors together to make such a commitment. I would
      argue, lastly, that those who are this list are already interested and
      committed; our task is now to get other hams to make a similar commitment.

      73 de Fred K2FRD, VO2FS
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      At 7:01 +0000 03/12/2005, Dan wrote:
      >Hey everyone,
      > Just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Dan, AB8VE.
      >I am currently a student at the Ohio State University, and the
      >President of the OSU Amateur Radio Club. I am also an Eagle Scout.
      >I have concerned lately as to the lack of knowledge of amateur radio
      >to the general public. I have tried on campus to get people
      >interested in the hobby, and had some luck but not a whole lot. I
      >have come to the conclusion that in order to get people interested
      >the best way is to hook them while they're young. Then I got to
      >thinking. I learned about ham radio for the first time through the
      >Boy Scouts. What a great place to go to get new members. Now, my
      >little brother is still in the Scouts, and have gone camping with
      >his troop several times. I always brings my radios along and all
      >the kids are really intersted in it and some have gotten their
      >license. But the kids don't have the money to get a radio a lot of
      >the times and quickly lose interest. So I found this group in hopes
      >that I could get some ideas on how to hook em while they're young
      >and keep em.
      >Dan, AB8VE

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      Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
      to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth

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      Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:

      Visit the Adventure Radio Society: http://www.natworld.com/ars/

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