Re: [Scoutradio] Digest Number 522
> Don here, KC0QNA in Norwood - Young America will be having a SpecialHi Don....
> Event station on the 16th for roughly 100 to 150 Girl Scouts. Any
> veteran words of wisdom for us as we prepare for how to handle this
> big event?
This is what I do:
For Introduction 15-20 minutes:
- I get a PIZZA BOX (clean one) and on one
edge of it I write "HAM"...
I ask if any of the scouts can guess what my
favorite type of Pizza is. Of course they see
I have a large HAM pizza. But inside is a
drawing of all the different SLICES or
facets and modes of our hobby:
-Foxhunting (perhaps have an AM radio handy to rotate...
scouts often like orienteering... so they catch on to this.)
-Antenna experimentation and construction
-Radio experimentation and construction
I exlain that different folks dig in to
different flavors of the hobby to suit their
I explain the difference between
Ham Radio and the Internet
(non-commercial, non-music, non-anonymous, non-obscene)
I explain the differences between
CB, FRS, and HAM
(eg: legal power levels, licensing etc)
I explain how easy it is to get a license
and give them a couple easy examples of
questions on the Tech test.
THen for the remainder of the time we
get ON the AIR, and let the radio and other ops
do its magic with the kids!!!
I explain that sometimes Ham Radio is like
Fishing... you don't always catch anything, and
you are never sure of what you might catch.
We search and pounce or Call CQ
Jamboree.... I try to get as many kids on
the air as possible.
Have them give their Name, Town, State
Unit Number, Rank etc... for starters...
to whomever you can get on the air.
If you get another scout on the air from
a different country, ask the other scouts there
to say their Scout Promise or Scout Law...
It is always VERY interesting to the boys/girls
to hear how this varies from country to
With a large group, you should break them up into
groups.... perhaps one station for 2m, one for the
introduction, one for HF.
By the way... it is very easy and inexpensive to
get a low power ATV Transmitter with camera
built in that runs on 9vdc..... one that transmits
on CATV Channel 59 or something. This is always
a hit to let them play with.
If you have the time....
If you want to get a little technical...
come prepared with some 6" coils of wire (10 loops or so)
an AA dry cell battery and a compass.
Show them what direct current in their coil does
to a compass held in the middle of it.
This is a teamwork thing. One to hold the coil,
one to hold the compass, one to hold the battery.
Then have them alternate the poles....
Ask them to alternate the poles back and forth
as fast as they can....
Explain to them that that is called alternating
current.... and all radio is VERY fast AC.
An electromagnetic field whose poles alternate
extremely fast. Tell them that if they could
alternate it at 1 million cycles per second,
they could hear it on their AM radio!
Good Luck and 73