2285Re: [ScoutRadio] RE: Lessons Learned?
- Nov 2, 2006Barry brings up a good point with the CW decoder. I never thought I'd use
one because I don't need it, but it would be a great way to illustrate
what they are sending. I worked several stations on CW, a couple with Cub
Scouts sitting next to me, and was telling them what the other op was
sending. Unfortunately, I can't very well send and talk at the same time
(no multithreading in that brain process!) so had to wait until the end
of the exchange before I could explain.
We had four stations and four antennas running: (a) 40m phone with a
dipole; (b) 20m SSTV with a screwdriver-type antenna; (c) 20m phone and CW
with a wire vertical; (d) multiband phone, mostly on 15, with an
Outbacker-type antenna mounted on top of a playstructure. (We were at a
city park with nice picnic shelters, but no water or bathroom facilities,
yikes!). Small numbers of scouts, maybe 20 or so, but we put a good
number of them on the air. Not much else in the way of displays other than
maps and the standard array of ARRL literature.
It would have been nice to be able to run the event at our Council camp,
but they would have charged us to use the facility - even a picnic
shelter, thus we have to seek out what we can get for free.
Frank Maynard, NF8M
MC, Troop 407; CR, Pack 54; District Cub Training Chair & Roundtable Staff
...and a good old Bobwhite too! (C-23-04)
Mighty Ottawa District, Clinton Valley Council
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