1696RE: Public Education On Ham Radio Re: [ScoutRadio] New Member
- Dec 4, 2005Fred,
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
From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Fred Stevens K2FRD
Sent: Saturday, 03 December, 2005 19:55
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,Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
> 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.
Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
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