Electronics Merit BAdge
- It was a slow day at work and I was browsing through
the merit badge requirements and see that some time in
2004 the Electronics Merit badge was updated. It looks
as though the project building including soldering has
Are there plans in the works to re-introduce the
project building requirement for Radio again??
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- --- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, Brian Cieslak <k9wis@y...> wrote:
> Are there plans in the works to re-introduce theI wasn't aware that the project building had been removed from
> project building requirement for Radio again??
> Brian K9WIS
Electronics MB. Probably some lawyer worried about soldering
irons. It was still a requirement back in 1999 when I last taught
As someone who teaches Radio MB to about forty scouts a year,I don't
see the need to add building a project to Radio MB, especially since
it's covered in Electronics. No need to overlap skills between the
In addition, Radio MB now takes about 4 hours to complete, which is
the par for non-Eagle required MB. It's "hands-on" activity is
talking on the radio, which is much more germaine than kit building
for radio operators in the 21st century.
Ham Radio has a great many aspects. We don't require the Scouts to
participate in all of the activities (DF'ing, contesting, etc.) but
we certainly do tell them about it. I think the soldering and
assembly skills are best left in Electronics MB.
BTW, I also think the open, closed and short circuit theory could be
removed from Radio MB and left in Electricity MB. This could be
replaced in Radio with a little bit on NOAA Weather Radio, FRS and
cellphone usage in an emergency. See the PowerPoint slides in the
files section of this group.
Gary Wilson, K2GW
Radio MB Counselor