604RE: [scoutradio] Changes to the Radio Merit Badge
- Feb 2, 2002Max - KD7GES, et al,
A few questions for you (or anyone else on the list that knows):
1. How did you hear about these changes to the Radio Merit Badge?
2. When did these changes to the Radio Merit Badge officially go into
effect? It appears they happened sometime in the later part of 2001 -
anyone know when?
3. Are these the only changes that were done (i.e. 7A3 was deleted & 7A5
4. I checked the Radio Merit Badge requirements on the MeritBadge.com
website and the HTML page appears to have been updated with the changes:
However the PDF & MS-Word worksheets for the Radio Merit Badge requirements
have NOT been updated so we need to be careful:
Here is a synopsis of the new Radio Merit Badge requirement #7 (I didn't
compare any of the other requirements so if any of them changed let me
7) Do ONE of the following (a, b, or c):
A) Amateur radio
1) Describe some of the activities that amateur radio operators can do on
the air, once they have earned an amateur radio license.
2) Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham radio contact using voice or
Morse code; use proper call signs, Q signals, and abbreviations.
ham radio operators may substitute five QSL cards as evidence of contacts
with amateur radio operators from at least three different call districts.)
Properly log the real or simulated ham radio contact and record the signal
3) [OLD - NOTE: This requirement has been DELETED as of 2001.] With the
help of a
local amateur radio operator, talk to and properly log at least two Morse
code radio contacts. Record signal reports. Explain how often amateur
radio operators must give their call signs during a radio contact.
3) Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio terms you hear while
4) [Changed requirement as of 2/1/2002.] Explain some of the technician
license requirements and privileges. Explain who gives amateur radio exams.
[This is the OLD 7A5 requirement that is now OBSOLETE as of 2/1/2002?]
Explain some differences between the Novice Class license and the
Technician Class license requirements and privileges. Explain who gives
amateur radio exams.
5) Explain how you would make an emergency call on voice or Morse code.
Tell why the FCC has an amateur radio service.
6) Explain handheld transceivers versus home "base" stations. Explain
mobile amateur radios and amateur radio repeaters.
B) Broadcast radio
1) Prepare a program schedule for radio station "KBSA" of exactly on-half
hour, including music, news, commercials, and proper station
identification. Record your program on audio tape using proper
2) Listen to and properly log fifteen broadcast stations; determine for
five of these their transmitting power and general areas served.
3) Explain at least eight terms used in commercial broadcasting such as
segue, cut, and fade.
4) Discuss the educational and licensing requirements and career
opportunities in broadcast radio.
C) Shortwave listening
1) Listen across several shortwave bands for two four-hour periods, on in
the early morning, and the other in the early evening. Log the stations
properly and locate them geographically on a globe.
2) For several major foreign stations (BBC in Great Britain or HCJB in
Ecuador, for example), list several frequency bands used by each.
3) Compare your morning and evening logs, noting the frequencies on which
your selected stations were loudest during each session. Explain the
differences in signal strength from one period to the next.
4) Discuss the purpose of and careers in shortwave communications.
Thanks & 73!
John Blackham, N7TEK
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From: Max - KD7GES [mailto:kd7ges@...]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 2:10 PM
Subject: [scoutradio] Change to the Radio Merit Badge
The new requirements are out and they have dropped requirement # 7 A.
3) With the help of a local amateur radio operator, talk to and properly
log at least two Morse code radio contacts. Record signal reports.
Explain how often amateur radio operators must give their call signs
during a radio contact.
They have also change req. 7 A 5.
To now read: Explain some of the technician class license requirements
and privileges. Explain who gives amateur radio exams.
Those are the two key changes to the requirements.
Max Manghelli - KD7GES
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