Re: [Scoutradio] Ideal Camp Station?
>>> jeff_yahoo@... 3/20/04 2:35:12 PM >>>I would first purchase a dozen FRS walkie-talkie
>My Council was given an amateur radio station...
>If you had a budget of $2000 to spend on a radio station
>for a Scout camp what would you get and why?
radios ($15 each = $180). Then use them to teach radio
technique, callsigns and radio procedure. Then set up
challenging games to use them like Radio CLUE:
Or FRSnight: http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/frsnight.html
Or DFing using the body block or Fade-Circle Technique.
On this web page, ignore the APRS part of it and just learn
how any OMNI antenna and radio can be used with the
Invest mostly in Antennas, Power system and infrastructure.
Depend on individuals to bring their own gear to use while
they are in camp.
Also BUILD A BIG SIGN for the Message hall where each
HAM in camp can leave his QSL card and a pointer to
his campsite if he is operating from there. This advertises
RADIO. Establish FRS channel 7 tone 3 as the FRS
channel for HAM-wannabee's to hang out so they can
stay informed of what is going on in camp...
de WB4APR, Bob
- Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas about the ideal Scout Camp
Radio Station. Now I will tell you what I am planning. If you have further
input it will be appreciated.
The concept of a portable radio and a simple antenna out in the field is a
great way to introduce Scouts to Ham radio. I have an Elecraft K2 that I
have used for Scout demonstrations a few times, and it works great. The
scouts seem impressed that you can communicate long distances with such a
simple setup. They are also fascinated with CW. However, at a camp I am
concerned that a small portable radio could walk off and disappear.
Permanent antennas can also increase the on air experience, and make winter
time operations much easer. So I am planning on a base station
installation, but will keep it simple.
The plan is to concentrate on HF bands. We have an old 2m FM rig that will
get into a few repeaters with a simple antenna. I have an old TH-700A 2m
all-mode for sale on e-bay now. I figure a tower would be needed to make a
VHF station effective, and think we are better off concentrating our
resources on a better HF station.
I have been tempted to put all our money into a tower and beam antennas, but
have decided to stick with wire antennas for now. A tower and a tri-band
beam were part of the equipment that was donated, but both need significant
repair work. New equipment would exceed our budget. I am also concerned
about long term maintenance costs, and making ham radio seem impossibly
expensive for youth. My plan is to put up a large horizontal loop and feed
it with ladder line. We will put a wide-range antenna tuner in the shack.
We currently have a Kenwood TS-520S HF rig that I hope to replace with
either a Ten-Tec Jupiter or an Icom 746 Pro. The TS-520S is a nice radio for
SSB, but the need to tune the finals makes it more difficult to operate than
I prefer. It is also not a great CW rig. CW may not be that important, but I
think youth find it interesting so I want the rig to work well for CW. Both
the Jupiter and 746 Pro are mid-range rigs in both performance and price. I
like the Jupiter because it looks extremely straightforward to use. Being
American made is also a plus. The 746 Pro has more features for about the
same price. If we get our funding I will have a decision to make. Your input
will be appreciated.
Thanks for all the help. When the station is up and running, I will report
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Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 14:35 PM
Subject: [Scoutradio] Ideal Camp Station?
My Council was given an amateur radio station from a silent keys
estate last fall. I am currently working on installing the station
at our camp. We will have a room in a modular building dedicated to
the station. The building will be located next to the parking lot
which is surrounded by large trees.
I am estimating that if we sold everything but the HF rig, and some
accessories we could raise $500 in cash. If we sold the HF rig we
could get another $500. I also anticipate being able to get $1000 in
If you had a budget of $2000 to spend on a radio station for a Scout
camp what would you get and why? New, used and home brew equipment
are all acceptable answers.
I have intentionally not listed the equipment we have because I want
to know what you would do if starting from scratch. If you really
want to know what we have, look through the archives of this group.
I listed the equipment in a posting some time back.
Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
Visit the "Adventure Radio Society" http://www.natworld.com/ars/
ScoutRadio start page:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadio (Email archives - member email
addresses - change your subscription details, etc.)
Post message: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
List owner: ScoutRadiofirstname.lastname@example.org
SCOUTING and AMATEUR RADIO - FUN FOR ALL AGES
Yahoo! Groups Links
When its up and running hopefully you will run an on-air party and we can
tell you how it sounds from the UK!
Great plans by the way, start simple and grow as you need to. Don't forget
to spare lots of time and a little money for the Scout resources side of
the business - the youngsters need to feel that its "their" station and
will want to be able to contribute to its running & operation. Get them to
research the logs, QSLs, posters, MB info etc etc and have it displayed the
way THEY want to do it. That way they will be dragging their mates in to
see what they have done. If you have done your job well the adults should
feel redundant (in the nicest possible way!)
At 02:43 on 24/03/04, you wrote:
>Thanks for all the help. When the station is up and running, I will report
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