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  • Frank Krizan
    Hi Bill, et al, This is a good discussion. I like your concept of events/activities that culminate with JOTA. I would offer an alternative/modification of
    Message 1 of 12 , Jan 12, 2006
      Hi Bill, et al,
       
      This is a good discussion.  I like your concept of events/activities that culminate with JOTA.
       
      I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by seeking ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting that include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry level) licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two week day camp program), operating events/challenges/contests, inexpensive self study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it -- $99 can be a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the online ARRL Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail (or at camp), and our imaginations can dream up more.  This would be a list of activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local councils, clubs, individuals -- not specific dates.  On the other hand, operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain operating events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger club.  For example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has its own Field Day.  Operators are encouraged to try different bands at different times of the day to experience propagation differences and scores are for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit, etc.  It's personal improvement ... personal challenges.   And ... of course ... lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.
       
      I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on the air for JOTA.  JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year to year for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
       
      *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on scouting is doing?  Any postings of their current thinking?  Any readers contributing to their deliberation?
       
      73, Frank KR1ZAN
      Garland, TX
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: N2COP
      Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
      Subject: RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

      Dear Gary et al,

      I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the optimal time for
      a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local councils should have some
      scheduling flexibility.  That said, I think earning the badge needs to be
      elevated across all councils; specifically, councils should encourage Radio
      Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA activities. 

      In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could culminate with
      JOTA weekend.  These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge classes
      coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are invited to Field Day
      sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3) scouts go on to earn
      their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible code-free HF license
      future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly licensed Scouts take
      the helm during JOTA in October.  In other words, BSA and ARRL would
      dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio Active" time.

      Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on Scouting
      should be addressing.  Their findings and recommendations are due this
      coming July.

      73,
      Bill Morine, N2COP
      JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
      K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001 and 2005 National
      Jamborees
      Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
      ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina Section


      -----Original Message-----
      From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
      Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
      To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

      There are 3 messages in this issue.

      Topics in this digest:

            1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                 From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
            2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                 From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
            3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                 From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>


      ________________________________________________________________________
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      Message: 1        
         Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
         From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
      Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

      We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
      Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
      announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
      4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
      starting a Tech course next week.

      Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
      aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.

      With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone could
      run such an event in their area.

      It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
      the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a good
      weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
      complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.

      Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for consideration.

      73

      Gary, K2GW
      Radio MB Counselor
      CNJ Council






      ________________________________________________________________________
      ________________________________________________________________________

      Message: 2        
         Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
         From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
      Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

      In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA, annually in October.

      John
      N7MFQ
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
      To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
      Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day


      We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
      Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
      announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
      4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
      starting a Tech course next week.

      Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
      aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.

      With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone could
      run such an event in their area.

      It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
      the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a good
      weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
      complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.

      Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for consideration.

      73

      Gary, K2GW
      Radio MB Counselor
      CNJ Council






      Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/radio-scouting-uk

      Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
      to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth

      Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
      http://www.ontargetbsa.org/

      Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
      http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml

      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
      Unsubscribe:  ScoutRadio-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
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      Message: 3        
         Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
         From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
      Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

      Gary, et al,

      I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project, especially with the
      success you've enjoyed.  As another poster mentioned, many organizations
      conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with JOTA.  In Texas, we
      have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp between Christmas and
      New Year, and several teach Radio MB.  We're conducting Radio Badge classes
      at some summer camps and at HamCom in June.  During March, the Dallas area
      has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in which the Radio Merit
      Badge is also taught.  During the summer months, our Council conducts what
      used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit Badge U -- in which
      the Radio MB is taught.

      I think different areas of the US have different opportunities, needs and
      school schedules.  For example, many of our scouts may not be back from
      winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first Saturday.  January is a
      difficult month to forecast the weather in various parts of the country,
      especially for travel to and from the MB class. 

      Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger kids on the air
      to talk with some other younger kids.  I would rather that we not mix
      scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids on the air. 

      My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB clinic or class up to local
      folks.  As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a "national Radio MB
      day" -- it's JOTA.

      Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do have a patch program.
      Several councils have a Radio Patch.  One of them is somewhat national and
      is described on the ARRL Scouting pages.  The requirements are very similar
      (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB.  Girl Scouts, in addition to JOTA,
      have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.  It's called Guides On
      The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of February.   Radio
      Scouting should be for girls as well as guys.  We need to be promoting a
      program for GSUSA for Ham Radio.  Our young ladies are often left out of
      this high tech adventure. 

      73, Frank KR1ZAN
      Garland, TX

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Gary Wilson
        To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
        Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day


        We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
        Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
        announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
        4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
        starting a Tech course next week.

        Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
        aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.

        With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone could
        run such an event in their area.

        It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
        the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a good
        weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
        complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.

        Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for consideration.

        73

        Gary, K2GW
        Radio MB Counselor
        CNJ Council






        Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/radio-scouting-uk

        Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
      to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth

        Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
        http://www.ontargetbsa.org/

        Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
        http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml

        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
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      Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/radio-scouting-uk

      Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
      to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth

      Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
      http://www.ontargetbsa.org/

      Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
      http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml

      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
      Unsubscribe:  ScoutRadio-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
      List owner:   ScoutRadio-owner@yahoogroups.com

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    • Allan R. Batteiger
      Frank Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of years I have taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA ( RB in the morning, then
      Message 2 of 12 , Jan 13, 2006
        Frank
        Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of years I have
        taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA ( RB in the
        morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air) and one of
        the Councils Merit Universities. After this last year ( 2005 ) I had a
        number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio. Over the Christmas Break
        Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class, we had 4
        scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. All but 2 of the scouts
        passed on the first try. We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
        Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around Ham-Com,
        Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this year. The
        intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT class
        with VE Test session immediately available.

        Allan R. Batteiger
        WB5QNG

        Frank Krizan wrote:

        > Hi Bill, et al,
        >
        > This is a good discussion. I like your concept of events/activities
        > that culminate with JOTA.
        >
        > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by seeking
        > ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting that
        > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry level)
        > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two week day
        > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests, inexpensive self
        > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it -- $99 can be
        > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the online ARRL
        > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail (or at camp),
        > and our imaginations can dream up more. This would be a list of
        > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local councils,
        > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On the other hand,
        > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or
        > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain operating
        > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger club. For
        > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has its own Field
        > Day. Operators are encouraged to try different bands at different
        > times of the day to experience propagation differences and scores are
        > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit, etc. It's
        > personal improvement ... personal challenges. And ... of course ...
        > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.
        >
        > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on the air
        > for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year to year
        > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
        >
        > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on
        > scouting is doing? Any postings of their current thinking? Any
        > readers contributing to their deliberation?
        >
        > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
        > Garland, TX
        >
        >
        > ----- Original Message -----
        > *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
        > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
        > *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
        > *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
        >
        > Dear Gary et al,
        >
        > I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the optimal
        > time for
        > a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local councils should
        > have some
        > scheduling flexibility. That said, I think earning the badge
        > needs to be
        > elevated across all councils; specifically, councils should
        > encourage Radio
        > Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA activities.
        >
        > In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could
        > culminate with
        > JOTA weekend. These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge classes
        > coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are invited to
        > Field Day
        > sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3) scouts go on
        > to earn
        > their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible code-free
        > HF license
        > future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly licensed
        > Scouts take
        > the helm during JOTA in October. In other words, BSA and ARRL would
        > dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio Active" time.
        >
        > Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on
        > Scouting
        > should be addressing. Their findings and recommendations are due this
        > coming July.
        >
        > 73,
        > Bill Morine, N2COP
        > JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
        > K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001 and 2005
        > National
        > Jamborees
        > Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
        > ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina Section
        >
        >
        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
        > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
        > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
        >
        > There are 3 messages in this issue.
        >
        > Topics in this digest:
        >
        > 1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
        > 2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
        > 3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
        >
        >
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        >
        > Message: 1
        > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
        > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
        > Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        >
        > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
        > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
        > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
        > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts will noew be
        > starting a Tech course next week.
        >
        > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next year we'll
        > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
        >
        > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
        > could
        > run such an event in their area.
        >
        > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
        > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year. It's a good
        > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
        > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
        >
        > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
        > consideration.
        >
        > 73
        >
        > Gary, K2GW
        > Radio MB Counselor
        > CNJ Council
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        >
        > Message: 2
        > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
        > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
        > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        >
        > In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA, annually in
        > October.
        >
        > John
        > N7MFQ
        > ----- Original Message -----
        > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
        > To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
        > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
        > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        >
        >
        > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
        > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
        > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
        > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts will noew be
        > starting a Tech course next week.
        >
        > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next year we'll
        > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
        >
        > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone could
        > run such an event in their area.
        >
        > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
        > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year. It's a good
        > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
        > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
        >
        > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
        > consideration.
        >
        > 73
        >
        > Gary, K2GW
        > Radio MB Counselor
        > CNJ Council
        >
        >
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        > ________________________________________________________________________
        >
        > Message: 3
        > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
        > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
        > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        >
        > Gary, et al,
        >
        > I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project, especially with the
        > success you've enjoyed. As another poster mentioned, many
        > organizations
        > conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with JOTA. In
        > Texas, we
        > have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp between
        > Christmas and
        > New Year, and several teach Radio MB. We're conducting Radio
        > Badge classes
        > at some summer camps and at HamCom in June. During March, the
        > Dallas area
        > has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in which the
        > Radio Merit
        > Badge is also taught. During the summer months, our Council
        > conducts what
        > used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit Badge U --
        > in which
        > the Radio MB is taught.
        >
        > I think different areas of the US have different opportunities,
        > needs and
        > school schedules. For example, many of our scouts may not be back
        > from
        > winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first Saturday.
        > January is a
        > difficult month to forecast the weather in various parts of the
        > country,
        > especially for travel to and from the MB class.
        >
        > Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger kids on
        > the air
        > to talk with some other younger kids. I would rather that we not mix
        > scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids on the
        > air.
        >
        > My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB clinic or class
        > up to local
        > folks. As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a "national
        > Radio MB
        > day" -- it's JOTA.
        >
        > Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do have a patch
        > program.
        > Several councils have a Radio Patch. One of them is somewhat
        > national and
        > is described on the ARRL Scouting pages. The requirements are
        > very similar
        > (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB. Girl Scouts, in addition
        > to JOTA,
        > have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day. It's called
        > Guides On
        > The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of February. Radio
        > Scouting should be for girls as well as guys. We need to be
        > promoting a
        > program for GSUSA for Ham Radio. Our young ladies are often left
        > out of
        > this high tech adventure.
        >
        > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
        > Garland, TX
        >
        > ----- Original Message -----
        > From: Gary Wilson
        > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
        > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
        > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
        >
        >
        > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
        > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
        > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day
        > with
        > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts will noew be
        > starting a Tech course next week.
        >
        > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next year we'll
        > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
        >
        > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
        > could
        > run such an event in their area.
        >
        > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
        > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year. It's a
        > good
        > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar
        > and
        > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
        >
        > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
        > consideration.
        >
        > 73
        >
        > Gary, K2GW
        > Radio MB Counselor
        > CNJ Council
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
      • Frank Krizan
        Hi Allan, Fantastic. I like the idea of a two day course. It s difficult to keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and the fumes )
        Message 3 of 12 , Jan 14, 2006
          Hi Allan,

          Fantastic.  I like the idea of a two day course.  It's difficult to keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and the 'fumes') distract them.  Something like a weekend course, maybe at a camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers, 'fumes', and voila -- learning.  I think there needs to be followup for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer questions prompted by the course.
           
          Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the course?  My experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2 almost guarantees a very high pass rate.
           
          We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
           
          73, Frank KR1ZAN
          Garland, TX
          ----- Original Message -----
          Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
          Subject: Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

          Frank
            Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of years I have
          taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA ( RB in the
          morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air) and one of
          the Councils Merit Universities.   After this last year ( 2005 ) I had a
          number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio.  Over the Christmas Break
          Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class,  we had 4
          scouts and 2 other youths take the classes.  All but 2 of the scouts
          passed on the first try.  We had a 70% pass rate of the class. 
          Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around Ham-Com,
          Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this year.   The
          intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT class
          with VE Test session immediately available.

          Allan R. Batteiger
          WB5QNG

          Frank Krizan wrote:

          > Hi Bill, et al,

          > This is a good discussion.  I like your concept of events/activities
          > that culminate with JOTA.

          > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by seeking
          > ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting that
          > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry level)
          > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two week day
          > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests, inexpensive self
          > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it -- $99 can be
          > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the online ARRL
          > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail (or at camp),
          > and our imaginations can dream up more.  This would be a list of
          > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local councils,
          > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates.  On the other hand,
          > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or
          > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain operating
          > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger club.  For
          > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has its own Field
          > Day.  Operators are encouraged to try different bands at different
          > times of the day to experience propagation differences and scores are
          > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit, etc.  It's
          > personal improvement ... personal challenges.   And ... of course ...
          > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.

          > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on the air
          > for JOTA.  JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year to year
          > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.

          > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on
          > scouting is doing?  Any postings of their current thinking?  Any
          > readers contributing to their deliberation?

          > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
          > Garland, TX

          >
          >     ----- Original Message -----
          >     *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
          >     *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
          >     *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
          >     *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
          >
          >     Dear Gary et al,
          >
          >     I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the optimal
          >     time for
          >     a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local councils should
          >     have some
          >     scheduling flexibility.  That said, I think earning the badge
          >     needs to be
          >     elevated across all councils; specifically, councils should
          >     encourage Radio
          >     Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA activities.
          >
          >     In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could
          >     culminate with
          >     JOTA weekend.  These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge classes
          >     coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are invited to
          >     Field Day
          >     sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3) scouts go on
          >     to earn
          >     their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible code-free
          >     HF license
          >     future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly licensed
          >     Scouts take
          >     the helm during JOTA in October.  In other words, BSA and ARRL would
          >     dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio Active" time.
          >
          >     Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on
          >     Scouting
          >     should be addressing.  Their findings and recommendations are due this
          >     coming July.
          >
          >     73,
          >     Bill Morine, N2COP
          >     JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
          >     K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001 and 2005
          >     National
          >     Jamborees
          >     Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
          >     ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina Section
          >
          >
          >     -----Original Message-----
          >     From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
          >     Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
          >     To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
          >     Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
          >
          >     There are 3 messages in this issue.
          >
          >     Topics in this digest:
          >
          >           1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >                From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
          >           2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >                From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
          >           3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >                From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
          >
          >
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >
          >     Message: 1       
          >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
          >        From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
          >     Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >
          >     We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
          >     Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
          >     announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
          >     4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
          >     starting a Tech course next week.
          >
          >     Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
          >     aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
          >
          >     With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
          >     could
          >     run such an event in their area.
          >
          >     It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
          >     the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a good
          >     weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
          >     complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
          >
          >     Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
          >     consideration.
          >
          >     73
          >
          >     Gary, K2GW
          >     Radio MB Counselor
          >     CNJ Council
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >
          >     Message: 2       
          >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
          >        From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
          >     Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >
          >     In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA, annually in
          >     October.
          >
          >     John
          >     N7MFQ
          >     ----- Original Message -----
          >     From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
          >     To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
          >     Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
          >     Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >
          >
          >     We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
          >     Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
          >     announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day with
          >     4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
          >     starting a Tech course next week.
          >
          >     Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
          >     aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
          >
          >     With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone could
          >     run such an event in their area.
          >
          >     It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
          >     the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a good
          >     weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar and
          >     complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
          >
          >     Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
          >     consideration.
          >
          >     73
          >
          >     Gary, K2GW
          >     Radio MB Counselor
          >     CNJ Council
          >
          >
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >     ________________________________________________________________________
          >
          >     Message: 3       
          >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
          >        From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
          >     Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >
          >     Gary, et al,
          >
          >     I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project, especially with the
          >     success you've enjoyed.  As another poster mentioned, many
          >     organizations
          >     conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with JOTA.  In
          >     Texas, we
          >     have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp between
          >     Christmas and
          >     New Year, and several teach Radio MB.  We're conducting Radio
          >     Badge classes
          >     at some summer camps and at HamCom in June.  During March, the
          >     Dallas area
          >     has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in which the
          >     Radio Merit
          >     Badge is also taught.  During the summer months, our Council
          >     conducts what
          >     used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit Badge U --
          >     in which
          >     the Radio MB is taught.
          >
          >     I think different areas of the US have different opportunities,
          >     needs and
          >     school schedules.  For example, many of our scouts may not be back
          >     from
          >     winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first Saturday.
          >     January is a
          >     difficult month to forecast the weather in various parts of the
          >     country,
          >     especially for travel to and from the MB class.
          >
          >     Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger kids on
          >     the air
          >     to talk with some other younger kids.  I would rather that we not mix
          >     scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids on the
          >     air.
          >
          >     My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB clinic or class
          >     up to local
          >     folks.  As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a "national
          >     Radio MB
          >     day" -- it's JOTA.
          >
          >     Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do have a patch
          >     program.
          >     Several councils have a Radio Patch.  One of them is somewhat
          >     national and
          >     is described on the ARRL Scouting pages.  The requirements are
          >     very similar
          >     (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB.  Girl Scouts, in addition
          >     to JOTA,
          >     have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.  It's called
          >     Guides On
          >     The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of February.   Radio
          >     Scouting should be for girls as well as guys.  We need to be
          >     promoting a
          >     program for GSUSA for Ham Radio.  Our young ladies are often left
          >     out of
          >     this high tech adventure.
          >
          >     73, Frank KR1ZAN
          >     Garland, TX
          >
          >       ----- Original Message -----
          >       From: Gary Wilson
          >       To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
          >       Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
          >       Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
          >
          >
          >       We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
          >       Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
          >       announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one day
          >     with
          >       4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will noew be
          >       starting a Tech course next week.
          >
          >       Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next year we'll
          >       aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
          >
          >       With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
          >     could
          >       run such an event in their area.
          >
          >       It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national event for
          >       the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.  It's a
          >     good
          >       weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops calendar
          >     and
          >       complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
          >
          >       Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
          >     consideration.
          >
          >       73
          >
          >       Gary, K2GW
          >       Radio MB Counselor
          >       CNJ Council
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >

        • Allan R. Batteiger
          Frank I did not place an age limit on the scouts. The announcement about the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader list. The class had
          Message 4 of 12 , Jan 14, 2006
            Frank
            I did not place an age limit on the scouts. The announcement about
            the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader list.
            The class had 11 people in it, 4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we had a
            good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the class.
            More classes are currently being scheduled. I have also had request for
            General and Extra classes. These are being looked into for possible
            scheduling in the future.

            Allan Batteiger
            WB5QNG

            Frank Krizan wrote:

            > Hi Allan,
            >
            > Fantastic. I like the idea of a two day course. It's difficult to
            > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and the
            > 'fumes') distract them. Something like a weekend course, maybe at a
            > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
            > 'fumes', and voila -- learning. I think there needs to be followup
            > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
            > questions prompted by the course.
            >
            > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the course? My
            > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2 almost
            > guarantees a very high pass rate.
            >
            > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
            >
            > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
            > Garland, TX
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
            > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
            > *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
            > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
            >
            > Frank
            > Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of years I have
            > taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA ( RB
            > in the
            > morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air) and one of
            > the Councils Merit Universities. After this last year ( 2005 ) I
            > had a
            > number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio. Over the Christmas
            > Break
            > Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class, we had 4
            > scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. All but 2 of the scouts
            > passed on the first try. We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
            > Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around Ham-Com,
            > Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this year. The
            > intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT
            > class
            > with VE Test session immediately available.
            >
            > Allan R. Batteiger
            > WB5QNG
            >
            > Frank Krizan wrote:
            >
            > > Hi Bill, et al,
            > >
            > > This is a good discussion. I like your concept of
            > events/activities
            > > that culminate with JOTA.
            > >
            > > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
            > seeking
            > > ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting that
            > > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry level)
            > > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two week day
            > > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests, inexpensive
            > self
            > > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it -- $99
            > can be
            > > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the online ARRL
            > > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail (or at
            > camp),
            > > and our imaginations can dream up more. This would be a list of
            > > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local councils,
            > > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On the other hand,
            > > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or
            > > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain
            > operating
            > > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger club. For
            > > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has its own
            > Field
            > > Day. Operators are encouraged to try different bands at different
            > > times of the day to experience propagation differences and
            > scores are
            > > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit, etc.
            > It's
            > > personal improvement ... personal challenges. And ... of
            > course ...
            > > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.
            > >
            > > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on
            > the air
            > > for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year
            > to year
            > > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
            > >
            > > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on
            > > scouting is doing? Any postings of their current thinking? Any
            > > readers contributing to their deliberation?
            > >
            > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
            > > Garland, TX
            > >
            > >
            > > ----- Original Message -----
            > > *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
            > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
            > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
            > > *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
            > > *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
            > >
            > > Dear Gary et al,
            > >
            > > I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the
            > optimal
            > > time for
            > > a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local councils should
            > > have some
            > > scheduling flexibility. That said, I think earning the badge
            > > needs to be
            > > elevated across all councils; specifically, councils should
            > > encourage Radio
            > > Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA activities.
            > >
            > > In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could
            > > culminate with
            > > JOTA weekend. These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge
            > classes
            > > coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are invited to
            > > Field Day
            > > sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3) scouts go on
            > > to earn
            > > their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible code-free
            > > HF license
            > > future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly licensed
            > > Scouts take
            > > the helm during JOTA in October. In other words, BSA and
            > ARRL would
            > > dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio Active"
            > time.
            > >
            > > Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on
            > > Scouting
            > > should be addressing. Their findings and recommendations
            > are due this
            > > coming July.
            > >
            > > 73,
            > > Bill Morine, N2COP
            > > JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
            > > K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001
            > and 2005
            > > National
            > > Jamborees
            > > Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
            > > ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina Section
            > >
            > >
            > > -----Original Message-----
            > > From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
            > [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
            > > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
            > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
            > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
            > >
            > > There are 3 messages in this issue.
            > >
            > > Topics in this digest:
            > >
            > > 1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
            > > 2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
            > > 3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > > Message: 1
            > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
            > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
            > > Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > >
            > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
            > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
            > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one
            > day with
            > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts will
            > noew be
            > > starting a Tech course next week.
            > >
            > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
            > year we'll
            > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
            > >
            > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
            > > could
            > > run such an event in their area.
            > >
            > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
            > event for
            > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
            > It's a good
            > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
            > calendar and
            > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
            > >
            > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
            > > consideration.
            > >
            > > 73
            > >
            > > Gary, K2GW
            > > Radio MB Counselor
            > > CNJ Council
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > > Message: 2
            > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
            > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
            > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > >
            > > In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA, annually in
            > > October.
            > >
            > > John
            > > N7MFQ
            > > ----- Original Message -----
            > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
            > > To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
            > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
            > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > >
            > >
            > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
            > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
            > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one
            > day with
            > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts will
            > noew be
            > > starting a Tech course next week.
            > >
            > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
            > year we'll
            > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
            > >
            > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
            > anyone could
            > > run such an event in their area.
            > >
            > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
            > event for
            > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
            > It's a good
            > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
            > calendar and
            > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
            > >
            > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
            > > consideration.
            > >
            > > 73
            > >
            > > Gary, K2GW
            > > Radio MB Counselor
            > > CNJ Council
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > ________________________________________________________________________
            > >
            > > Message: 3
            > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
            > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
            > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > >
            > > Gary, et al,
            > >
            > > I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project,
            > especially with the
            > > success you've enjoyed. As another poster mentioned, many
            > > organizations
            > > conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with JOTA. In
            > > Texas, we
            > > have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp between
            > > Christmas and
            > > New Year, and several teach Radio MB. We're conducting Radio
            > > Badge classes
            > > at some summer camps and at HamCom in June. During March, the
            > > Dallas area
            > > has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in which the
            > > Radio Merit
            > > Badge is also taught. During the summer months, our Council
            > > conducts what
            > > used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit Badge
            > U --
            > > in which
            > > the Radio MB is taught.
            > >
            > > I think different areas of the US have different opportunities,
            > > needs and
            > > school schedules. For example, many of our scouts may not
            > be back
            > > from
            > > winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first Saturday.
            > > January is a
            > > difficult month to forecast the weather in various parts of the
            > > country,
            > > especially for travel to and from the MB class.
            > >
            > > Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger
            > kids on
            > > the air
            > > to talk with some other younger kids. I would rather that
            > we not mix
            > > scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids
            > on the
            > > air.
            > >
            > > My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB clinic or class
            > > up to local
            > > folks. As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a
            > "national
            > > Radio MB
            > > day" -- it's JOTA.
            > >
            > > Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do have a
            > patch
            > > program.
            > > Several councils have a Radio Patch. One of them is somewhat
            > > national and
            > > is described on the ARRL Scouting pages. The requirements are
            > > very similar
            > > (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB. Girl Scouts, in
            > addition
            > > to JOTA,
            > > have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day. It's
            > called
            > > Guides On
            > > The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of
            > February. Radio
            > > Scouting should be for girls as well as guys. We need to be
            > > promoting a
            > > program for GSUSA for Ham Radio. Our young ladies are often
            > left
            > > out of
            > > this high tech adventure.
            > >
            > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
            > > Garland, TX
            > >
            > > ----- Original Message -----
            > > From: Gary Wilson
            > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
            > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
            > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
            > >
            > >
            > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge
            > Day at
            > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single e-mail
            > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in
            > one day
            > > with
            > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
            > will noew be
            > > starting a Tech course next week.
            > >
            > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
            > year we'll
            > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
            > >
            > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
            > anyone
            > > could
            > > run such an event in their area.
            > >
            > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
            > event for
            > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
            > It's a
            > > good
            > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
            > calendar
            > > and
            > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
            > >
            > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
            > > consideration.
            > >
            > > 73
            > >
            > > Gary, K2GW
            > > Radio MB Counselor
            > > CNJ Council
            > >
            >
          • Frank Krizan
            Allan, Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group? ... and again, great work. 73, Frank KR1ZAN Garland, TX ... From: Allan R. Batteiger
            Message 5 of 12 , Jan 14, 2006
              Allan,
               
              Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group?
               
              ... and again, great work.
               
              73, Frank KR1ZAN
              Garland, TX
               
              ----- Original Message -----
              Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:51 AM
              Subject: Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

              Frank
                  I did not place an age limit on the scouts.   The announcement about
              the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader list.  
              The class had 11 people in it,  4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we had a
              good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the class. 
              More classes are currently being scheduled.  I have also had request for
              General and Extra classes.   These are being looked into for possible
              scheduling in the future.

              Allan Batteiger
              WB5QNG

              Frank Krizan wrote:

              > Hi Allan,
              >
              > Fantastic.  I like the idea of a two day course.  It's difficult to
              > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and the
              > 'fumes') distract them.  Something like a weekend course, maybe at a
              > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
              > 'fumes', and voila -- learning.  I think there needs to be followup
              > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
              > questions prompted by the course.

              > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the course?  My
              > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2 almost
              > guarantees a very high pass rate.

              > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.

              > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
              > Garland, TX
              >
              >     ----- Original Message -----
              >     *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
              >     *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
              >     *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
              >     *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
              >
              >     Frank
              >       Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of years I have
              >     taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA ( RB
              >     in the
              >     morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air) and one of
              >     the Councils Merit Universities.   After this last year ( 2005 ) I
              >     had a
              >     number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio.  Over the Christmas
              >     Break
              >     Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class,  we had 4
              >     scouts and 2 other youths take the classes.  All but 2 of the scouts
              >     passed on the first try.  We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
              >     Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around Ham-Com,
              >     Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this year.   The
              >     intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT
              >     class
              >     with VE Test session immediately available.
              >
              >     Allan R. Batteiger
              >     WB5QNG
              >
              >     Frank Krizan wrote:
              >
              >     > Hi Bill, et al,
              >     >
              >     > This is a good discussion.  I like your concept of
              >     events/activities
              >     > that culminate with JOTA.
              >     >
              >     > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
              >     seeking
              >     > ARRL support for various summertime activities for scouting that
              >     > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry level)
              >     > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two week day
              >     > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests, inexpensive
              >     self
              >     > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it -- $99
              >     can be
              >     > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the online ARRL
              >     > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail (or at
              >     camp),
              >     > and our imaginations can dream up more.  This would be a list of
              >     > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local councils,
              >     > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates.  On the other hand,
              >     > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or
              >     > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain
              >     operating
              >     > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger club.  For
              >     > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has its own
              >     Field
              >     > Day.  Operators are encouraged to try different bands at different
              >     > times of the day to experience propagation differences and
              >     scores are
              >     > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit, etc.
              >     It's
              >     > personal improvement ... personal challenges.   And ... of
              >     course ...
              >     > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.
              >     >
              >     > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on
              >     the air
              >     > for JOTA.  JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year
              >     to year
              >     > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
              >     >
              >     > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc committee on
              >     > scouting is doing?  Any postings of their current thinking?  Any
              >     > readers contributing to their deliberation?
              >     >
              >     > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
              >     > Garland, TX
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >     ----- Original Message -----
              >     >     *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
              >     >     *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
              >     <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
              >     >     *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
              >     >     *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
              >     >
              >     >     Dear Gary et al,
              >     >
              >     >     I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the
              >     optimal
              >     >     time for
              >     >     a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local councils should
              >     >     have some
              >     >     scheduling flexibility.  That said, I think earning the badge
              >     >     needs to be
              >     >     elevated across all councils; specifically, councils should
              >     >     encourage Radio
              >     >     Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA activities.
              >     >
              >     >     In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could
              >     >     culminate with
              >     >     JOTA weekend.  These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge
              >     classes
              >     >     coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are invited to
              >     >     Field Day
              >     >     sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3) scouts go on
              >     >     to earn
              >     >     their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible code-free
              >     >     HF license
              >     >     future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly licensed
              >     >     Scouts take
              >     >     the helm during JOTA in October.  In other words, BSA and
              >     ARRL would
              >     >     dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio Active"
              >     time.
              >     >
              >     >     Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc Committee on
              >     >     Scouting
              >     >     should be addressing.  Their findings and recommendations
              >     are due this
              >     >     coming July.
              >     >
              >     >     73,
              >     >     Bill Morine, N2COP
              >     >     JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
              >     >     K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001
              >     and 2005
              >     >     National
              >     >     Jamborees
              >     >     Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
              >     >     ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina Section
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >     -----Original Message-----
              >     >     From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
              >     [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
              >     >     Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
              >     >     To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
              >     >     Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
              >     >
              >     >     There are 3 messages in this issue.
              >     >
              >     >     Topics in this digest:
              >     >
              >     >           1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >                From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
              >     >           2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >                From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
              >     >           3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >                From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >
              >     >     Message: 1      
              >     >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
              >     >        From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
              >     >     Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >
              >     >     We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
              >     >     Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
              >     >     announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one
              >     day with
              >     >     4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will
              >     noew be
              >     >     starting a Tech course next week.
              >     >
              >     >     Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next
              >     year we'll
              >     >     aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
              >     >
              >     >     With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio, anyone
              >     >     could
              >     >     run such an event in their area.
              >     >
              >     >     It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
              >     event for
              >     >     the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
              >     It's a good
              >     >     weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
              >     calendar and
              >     >     complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
              >     >
              >     >     Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
              >     >     consideration.
              >     >
              >     >     73
              >     >
              >     >     Gary, K2GW
              >     >     Radio MB Counselor
              >     >     CNJ Council
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >
              >     >     Message: 2      
              >     >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
              >     >        From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
              >     >     Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >
              >     >     In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA, annually in
              >     >     October.
              >     >
              >     >     John
              >     >     N7MFQ
              >     >     ----- Original Message -----
              >     >     From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
              >     >     To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
              >     >     Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
              >     >     Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >     We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day at
              >     >     Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
              >     >     announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in one
              >     day with
              >     >     4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts will
              >     noew be
              >     >     starting a Tech course next week.
              >     >
              >     >     Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next
              >     year we'll
              >     >     aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
              >     >
              >     >     With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
              >     anyone could
              >     >     run such an event in their area.
              >     >
              >     >     It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
              >     event for
              >     >     the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
              >     It's a good
              >     >     weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
              >     calendar and
              >     >     complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
              >     >
              >     >     Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
              >     >     consideration.
              >     >
              >     >     73
              >     >
              >     >     Gary, K2GW
              >     >     Radio MB Counselor
              >     >     CNJ Council
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >   
              >     ________________________________________________________________________
              >     >
              >     >     Message: 3      
              >     >        Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
              >     >        From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
              >     >     Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >
              >     >     Gary, et al,
              >     >
              >     >     I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project,
              >     especially with the
              >     >     success you've enjoyed.  As another poster mentioned, many
              >     >     organizations
              >     >     conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with JOTA.  In
              >     >     Texas, we
              >     >     have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp between
              >     >     Christmas and
              >     >     New Year, and several teach Radio MB.  We're conducting Radio
              >     >     Badge classes
              >     >     at some summer camps and at HamCom in June.  During March, the
              >     >     Dallas area
              >     >     has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in which the
              >     >     Radio Merit
              >     >     Badge is also taught.  During the summer months, our Council
              >     >     conducts what
              >     >     used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit Badge
              >     U --
              >     >     in which
              >     >     the Radio MB is taught.
              >     >
              >     >     I think different areas of the US have different opportunities,
              >     >     needs and
              >     >     school schedules.  For example, many of our scouts may not
              >     be back
              >     >     from
              >     >     winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first Saturday.
              >     >     January is a
              >     >     difficult month to forecast the weather in various parts of the
              >     >     country,
              >     >     especially for travel to and from the MB class.
              >     >
              >     >     Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger
              >     kids on
              >     >     the air
              >     >     to talk with some other younger kids.  I would rather that
              >     we not mix
              >     >     scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids
              >     on the
              >     >     air.
              >     >
              >     >     My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB clinic or class
              >     >     up to local
              >     >     folks.  As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a
              >     "national
              >     >     Radio MB
              >     >     day" -- it's JOTA.
              >     >
              >     >     Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do have a
              >     patch
              >     >     program.
              >     >     Several councils have a Radio Patch.  One of them is somewhat
              >     >     national and
              >     >     is described on the ARRL Scouting pages.  The requirements are
              >     >     very similar
              >     >     (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB.  Girl Scouts, in
              >     addition
              >     >     to JOTA,
              >     >     have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.  It's
              >     called
              >     >     Guides On
              >     >     The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of
              >     February.   Radio
              >     >     Scouting should be for girls as well as guys.  We need to be
              >     >     promoting a
              >     >     program for GSUSA for Ham Radio.  Our young ladies are often
              >     left
              >     >     out of
              >     >     this high tech adventure.
              >     >
              >     >     73, Frank KR1ZAN
              >     >     Garland, TX
              >     >
              >     >       ----- Original Message -----
              >     >       From: Gary Wilson
              >     >       To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
              >     >       Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
              >     >       Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
              >     >
              >     >
              >     >       We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit Badge
              >     Day at
              >     >       Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ.  With only a single e-mail
              >     >       announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in
              >     one day
              >     >     with
              >     >       4 leaders and 19 hams assisting.  Many of those Scouts
              >     will noew be
              >     >       starting a Tech course next week.
              >     >
              >     >       Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next
              >     year we'll
              >     >       aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
              >     >
              >     >       With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
              >     anyone
              >     >     could
              >     >       run such an event in their area.
              >     >
              >     >       It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
              >     event for
              >     >       the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
              >     It's a
              >     >     good
              >     >       weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
              >     calendar
              >     >     and
              >     >       complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
              >     >
              >     >       Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
              >     >     consideration.
              >     >
              >     >       73
              >     >
              >     >       Gary, K2GW
              >     >       Radio MB Counselor
              >     >       CNJ Council
              >     >
              >

            • Allan R. Batteiger
              Frank Tony and I are cleaning up the PPT presentations a bit. We used several videos from the net, the ARRL Walter Cronkite , Jay Leno txt vs Morse , a
              Message 6 of 12 , Jan 14, 2006
                Frank
                Tony and I are cleaning up the PPT presentations a bit. We used
                several videos from the net, "the ARRL Walter Cronkite", Jay Leno "txt
                vs Morse", a Electrical safety video, Along with the NYT course
                outline. We mostly followed the NYT instructor guide along with some
                power points that we modified. I can upload all of this but it will
                take over 100mb. The PPT are about 14mb.

                Allan R. Batteiger
                WB5QNG

                Frank Krizan wrote:

                > Allan,
                >
                > Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group?
                >
                > ... and again, great work.
                >
                > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                > Garland, TX
                >
                >
                > ----- Original Message -----
                > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                > *Sent:* Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:51 AM
                > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                >
                > Frank
                > I did not place an age limit on the scouts. The announcement
                > about
                > the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader
                > list.
                > The class had 11 people in it, 4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we
                > had a
                > good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the
                > class.
                > More classes are currently being scheduled. I have also had
                > request for
                > General and Extra classes. These are being looked into for possible
                > scheduling in the future.
                >
                > Allan Batteiger
                > WB5QNG
                >
                > Frank Krizan wrote:
                >
                > > Hi Allan,
                > >
                > > Fantastic. I like the idea of a two day course. It's difficult to
                > > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and
                > the
                > > 'fumes') distract them. Something like a weekend course, maybe
                > at a
                > > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
                > > 'fumes', and voila -- learning. I think there needs to be followup
                > > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
                > > questions prompted by the course.
                > >
                > > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the
                > course? My
                > > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2
                > almost
                > > guarantees a very high pass rate.
                > >
                > > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
                > >
                > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                > > Garland, TX
                > >
                > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                > > *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
                > > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                > >
                > > Frank
                > > Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of
                > years I have
                > > taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA
                > ( RB
                > > in the
                > > morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air)
                > and one of
                > > the Councils Merit Universities. After this last year (
                > 2005 ) I
                > > had a
                > > number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio. Over the
                > Christmas
                > > Break
                > > Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class, we
                > had 4
                > > scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. All but 2 of
                > the scouts
                > > passed on the first try. We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
                > > Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around
                > Ham-Com,
                > > Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this
                > year. The
                > > intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT
                > > class
                > > with VE Test session immediately available.
                > >
                > > Allan R. Batteiger
                > > WB5QNG
                > >
                > > Frank Krizan wrote:
                > >
                > > > Hi Bill, et al,
                > > >
                > > > This is a good discussion. I like your concept of
                > > events/activities
                > > > that culminate with JOTA.
                > > >
                > > > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
                > > seeking
                > > > ARRL support for various summertime activities for
                > scouting that
                > > > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry
                > level)
                > > > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two
                > week day
                > > > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests,
                > inexpensive
                > > self
                > > > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it
                > -- $99
                > > can be
                > > > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the
                > online ARRL
                > > > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail
                > (or at
                > > camp),
                > > > and our imaginations can dream up more. This would be a
                > list of
                > > > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local
                > councils,
                > > > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On the other hand,
                > > > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends -- or
                > > > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain
                > > operating
                > > > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger
                > club. For
                > > > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has
                > its own
                > > Field
                > > > Day. Operators are encouraged to try different bands at
                > different
                > > > times of the day to experience propagation differences and
                > > scores are
                > > > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit,
                > etc.
                > > It's
                > > > personal improvement ... personal challenges. And ... of
                > > course ...
                > > > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and FOOD.
                > > >
                > > > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on
                > > the air
                > > > for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from year
                > > to year
                > > > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
                > > >
                > > > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc
                > committee on
                > > > scouting is doing? Any postings of their current
                > thinking? Any
                > > > readers contributing to their deliberation?
                > > >
                > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                > > > Garland, TX
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > > *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
                > > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                > > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                > > > *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
                > > > *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                > > >
                > > > Dear Gary et al,
                > > >
                > > > I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not be the
                > > optimal
                > > > time for
                > > > a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local
                > councils should
                > > > have some
                > > > scheduling flexibility. That said, I think earning
                > the badge
                > > > needs to be
                > > > elevated across all councils; specifically, councils
                > should
                > > > encourage Radio
                > > > Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA
                > activities.
                > > >
                > > > In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that could
                > > > culminate with
                > > > JOTA weekend. These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge
                > > classes
                > > > coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are
                > invited to
                > > > Field Day
                > > > sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3)
                > scouts go on
                > > > to earn
                > > > their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible
                > code-free
                > > > HF license
                > > > future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly
                > licensed
                > > > Scouts take
                > > > the helm during JOTA in October. In other words, BSA and
                > > ARRL would
                > > > dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio
                > Active"
                > > time.
                > > >
                > > > Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc
                > Committee on
                > > > Scouting
                > > > should be addressing. Their findings and recommendations
                > > are due this
                > > > coming July.
                > > >
                > > > 73,
                > > > Bill Morine, N2COP
                > > > JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
                > > > K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001
                > > and 2005
                > > > National
                > > > Jamborees
                > > > Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
                > > > ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina
                > Section
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > -----Original Message-----
                > > > From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                > > [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
                > > > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
                > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                > > >
                > > > There are 3 messages in this issue.
                > > >
                > > > Topics in this digest:
                > > >
                > > > 1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                > > > 2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                > > > 3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > > > Message: 1
                > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
                > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                > > > Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > >
                > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                > Badge Day at
                > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                > e-mail
                > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                > in one
                > > day with
                > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                > will
                > > noew be
                > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                > > >
                > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                > > year we'll
                > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                > > >
                > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                > Radio, anyone
                > > > could
                > > > run such an event in their area.
                > > >
                > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                > > event for
                > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                > > It's a good
                > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                > > calendar and
                > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                > > >
                > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                > > > consideration.
                > > >
                > > > 73
                > > >
                > > > Gary, K2GW
                > > > Radio MB Counselor
                > > > CNJ Council
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > > > Message: 2
                > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
                > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > >
                > > > In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA,
                > annually in
                > > > October.
                > > >
                > > > John
                > > > N7MFQ
                > > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                > > > To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
                > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                > Badge Day at
                > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                > e-mail
                > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                > in one
                > > day with
                > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                > will
                > > noew be
                > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                > > >
                > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                > > year we'll
                > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                > > >
                > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
                > > anyone could
                > > > run such an event in their area.
                > > >
                > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                > > event for
                > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                > > It's a good
                > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                > > calendar and
                > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                > > >
                > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                > > > consideration.
                > > >
                > > > 73
                > > >
                > > > Gary, K2GW
                > > > Radio MB Counselor
                > > > CNJ Council
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > >
                > ________________________________________________________________________
                > > >
                > > > Message: 3
                > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
                > > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
                > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > >
                > > > Gary, et al,
                > > >
                > > > I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project,
                > > especially with the
                > > > success you've enjoyed. As another poster mentioned, many
                > > > organizations
                > > > conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with
                > JOTA. In
                > > > Texas, we
                > > > have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp
                > between
                > > > Christmas and
                > > > New Year, and several teach Radio MB. We're
                > conducting Radio
                > > > Badge classes
                > > > at some summer camps and at HamCom in June. During
                > March, the
                > > > Dallas area
                > > > has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in
                > which the
                > > > Radio Merit
                > > > Badge is also taught. During the summer months, our
                > Council
                > > > conducts what
                > > > used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit
                > Badge
                > > U --
                > > > in which
                > > > the Radio MB is taught.
                > > >
                > > > I think different areas of the US have different
                > opportunities,
                > > > needs and
                > > > school schedules. For example, many of our scouts may not
                > > be back
                > > > from
                > > > winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first
                > Saturday.
                > > > January is a
                > > > difficult month to forecast the weather in various
                > parts of the
                > > > country,
                > > > especially for travel to and from the MB class.
                > > >
                > > > Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their younger
                > > kids on
                > > > the air
                > > > to talk with some other younger kids. I would rather that
                > > we not mix
                > > > scouting activities with an easy going program to get kids
                > > on the
                > > > air.
                > > >
                > > > My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB
                > clinic or class
                > > > up to local
                > > > folks. As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a
                > > "national
                > > > Radio MB
                > > > day" -- it's JOTA.
                > > >
                > > > Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do
                > have a
                > > patch
                > > > program.
                > > > Several councils have a Radio Patch. One of them is
                > somewhat
                > > > national and
                > > > is described on the ARRL Scouting pages. The
                > requirements are
                > > > very similar
                > > > (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB. Girl Scouts, in
                > > addition
                > > > to JOTA,
                > > > have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.
                > It's
                > > called
                > > > Guides On
                > > > The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of
                > > February. Radio
                > > > Scouting should be for girls as well as guys. We need
                > to be
                > > > promoting a
                > > > program for GSUSA for Ham Radio. Our young ladies are
                > often
                > > left
                > > > out of
                > > > this high tech adventure.
                > > >
                > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                > > > Garland, TX
                > > >
                > > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > > From: Gary Wilson
                > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
                > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                > Badge
                > > Day at
                > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                > e-mail
                > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge in
                > > one day
                > > > with
                > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                > > will noew be
                > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                > > >
                > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                > > year we'll
                > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                > > >
                > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                > Radio,
                > > anyone
                > > > could
                > > > run such an event in their area.
                > > >
                > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a
                > national
                > > event for
                > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next
                > year.
                > > It's a
                > > > good
                > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                > > calendar
                > > > and
                > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                > > >
                > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                > > > consideration.
                > > >
                > > > 73
                > > >
                > > > Gary, K2GW
                > > > Radio MB Counselor
                > > > CNJ Council
                > > >
                > >
                >
                >
                >
                > Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
                > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/radio-scouting-uk
                >
                > Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them
                > subscibe to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth
                >
                > Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
                > http://www.ontargetbsa.org/
                >
                > Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
                > http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml
                >
                > Visit the Adventure Radio Society: http://www.natworld.com/ars/
                >
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              • Gary Wilson
                Hey Guys! When responding to message in this group (especially a Digest!) please take time to cut the previous message in your reply down to something
                Message 7 of 12 , Jan 16, 2006
                  Hey Guys!

                  When responding to message in this group (especially a Digest!) please
                  take time to cut the previous message in your reply down to something
                  meaningful and relavent or delete it entirely.

                  Some the previous replies in this thread had a half dozen previous
                  messages attached! If folks want to go back, they can always go to
                  the website and read the thrtead there.

                  Thanks,

                  Gary, K2GW
                • J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT
                  Alan, Have you gotten time to upload either the long or short form of this PPT yet? I would like both if possible. 73! YIS, Gordon Beattie, W2TTT 201.314.6964
                  Message 8 of 12 , Feb 18, 2006

                    Alan,

                    Have you gotten time to upload either the long or short form of this PPT yet?

                    I would like both if possible.

                    73!

                    YIS,

                    Gordon Beattie, W2TTT

                    201.314.6964

                     

                     


                    From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Allan R. Batteiger
                    Sent: Saturday, 14 January, 2006 22:59
                    To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

                     

                    Frank
                       Tony and I are cleaning up the PPT presentations a bit.   We used
                    several videos from the net, "the ARRL Walter Cronkite",  Jay Leno "txt
                    vs Morse", a Electrical safety video,  Along with the NYT course
                    outline.   We mostly followed the NYT instructor guide along with some
                    power points that we modified.  I can upload all of this but it will
                    take over 100mb.   The PPT are about 14mb.

                    Allan R. Batteiger
                    WB5QNG

                    Frank Krizan wrote:

                    > Allan,

                    > Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group?

                    > ... and again, great work.

                    > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                    > Garland , TX

                    >
                    >     ----- Original Message -----
                    >     *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                    >     *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com >
                    >     *Sent:* Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:51 AM
                    >     *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                    >
                    >     Frank
                    >         I did not place an age limit on the scouts.   The announcement
                    >     about
                    >     the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader
                    >     list. 
                    >     The class had 11 people in it,  4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we
                    >     had a
                    >     good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the
                    >     class.
                    >     More classes are currently being scheduled.  I have also had
                    >     request for
                    >     General and Extra classes.   These are being looked into for possible
                    >     scheduling in the future.
                    >
                    >     Allan Batteiger
                    >     WB5QNG
                    >
                    >     Frank Krizan wrote:
                    >
                    >     > Hi Allan,
                    >     >
                    >     > Fantastic.  I like the idea of a two day course.  It's difficult to
                    >     > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and
                    >     the
                    >     > 'fumes') distract them.  Something like a weekend course, maybe
                    >     at a
                    >     > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
                    >     > 'fumes', and voila -- learning.  I think there needs to be followup
                    >     > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
                    >     > questions prompted by the course.
                    >     >
                    >     > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the
                    >     course?  My
                    >     > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2
                    >     almost
                    >     > guarantees a very high pass rate.
                    >     >
                    >     > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
                    >     >
                    >     > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                    >     > Garland , TX
                    >     >
                    >    

                    >     ----- Original Message -----

                    >    
                    >     *From:* Allan R. Batteiger
                    <mailto:arb@...>

                    >    
                    >     *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com

                    >     <mailto: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com >
                    >    
                    >     *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM

                    >    
                    >     *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

                    >     >
                    >    
                    >     Frank

                    >    
                    >       Just to add to the discussion, for the
                    last couple of

                    >     years I have
                    >    
                    >     taught Radio
                    MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA

                    >     ( RB
                    >    
                    >     in the

                    >    
                    >     morning, then take the scouts out and get them on
                    the air)

                    >     and one of
                    >    
                    >     the Councils Merit Universities.   After
                    this last year (

                    >     2005 ) I
                    >    
                    >     had a

                    >    
                    >     number of scouts interested in Amateur
                    Radio.  Over the

                    >     Christmas
                    >    
                    >     Break

                    >    
                    >     Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech
                    Class,  we

                    >     had 4
                    >    
                    >     scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. 
                    All but 2 of

                    >     the scouts
                    >    
                    >     passed on the first try.  We had a 70% pass
                    rate of the class.

                    >    
                    >     Currently we are planning to schedule further
                    classes around

                    >     Ham-Com,
                    >    
                    >     Council
                    Merit Badge Universities , and JOTA again this

                    >     year.   The
                    >    
                    >     intention is to make
                    w:st="on">Radio MB widely available and provide a NCT

                    >    
                    >     class

                    >    
                    >     with VE Test session immediately available.

                    >     >
                    >    
                    >     Allan R. Batteiger

                    >    
                    >     WB5QNG

                    >     >
                    >    
                    >     Frank Krizan wrote:

                    >     >
                    >    
                    >     > Hi Bill, et al,

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     > This is a good discussion.  I like your
                    concept of

                    >    
                    >     events/activities

                    >    
                    >     > that culminate with JOTA.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     > I would offer an alternative/modification of
                    your proposal by

                    >    
                    >     seeking

                    >    
                    >     > ARRL support for various summertime
                    activities for

                    >     scouting that
                    >    
                    >     > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or
                    other entry

                    >     level)
                    >    
                    >     > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or
                    a week or two

                    >     week day
                    >    
                    >     > camp program), operating
                    events/challenges/contests,

                    >     inexpensive
                    >    
                    >     self

                    >    
                    >     > study courses for scouts via the internet
                    (let's face it

                    >     -- $99
                    >    
                    >     can be

                    >    
                    >     > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to
                    take the

                    >     online ARRL
                    >    
                    >     > Tech course), kit building, radio operation
                    on the trail

                    >     (or at
                    >    
                    >     camp),

                    >    
                    >     > and our imaginations can dream up more. 
                    This would be a

                    >     list of
                    >    
                    >     > activities/events that are "pick and
                    choose" for local

                    >     councils,
                    >    
                    >     > clubs, individuals -- not specific
                    dates.  On the other hand,

                    >    
                    >     > operating events might be scheduled for
                    certain weekends -- or

                    >    
                    >     > scouting units might be encouraged to
                    participate in certain

                    >    
                    >     operating

                    >    
                    >     > events/contests as an entity, not just part
                    of a bigger

                    >     club.  For
                    >    
                    >     > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX
                    (K5BSA) has

                    >     its own
                    >    
                    >     Field

                    >    
                    >     > Day.  Operators are encouraged to try
                    different bands at

                    >     different
                    >    
                    >     > times of the day to experience propagation
                    differences and

                    >    
                    >     scores are

                    >    
                    >     > for personal improvement, not trying to beat
                    another unit,

                    >     etc.
                    >    
                    >     It's

                    >    
                    >     > personal improvement ... personal
                    challenges.   And ... of

                    >    
                    >     course ...

                    >    
                    >     > lots of other activities for non-operating
                    times ... and FOOD.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     > I certainly like the idea of getting newly
                    licensed scouts on

                    >    
                    >     the air

                    >    
                    >     > for JOTA.  JOTA could also become a
                    reunion of sorts from year

                    >     >     to year
                    >    
                    >     > for scouts who take part in summertime
                    activities.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the
                    ARRL ad hoc

                    >     committee on
                    >    
                    >     > scouting is doing?  Any postings of
                    their current

                    >     thinking?  Any
                    >    
                    >     > readers contributing to their deliberation?

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     > 73, Frank KR1ZAN

                    >    
                    >     > Garland ,
                    TX

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     ----- Original
                    Message -----

                    >    
                    >     >     *From:* N2COP
                    <mailto:n2cop@...>

                    >    
                    >     >     *To:*
                    w:st="on">ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com

                    >    
                    >     <mailto: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com >

                    >    
                    >     >     *Sent:* Thursday,
                    January 12, 2006 11:34 AM

                    >    
                    >     >     *Subject:* RE:
                    [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Dear Gary et al,

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     I agree to a degree
                    with Frank that January may not be the

                    >    
                    >     optimal

                    >    
                    >     >     time for

                    >    
                    >     >     a National Radio
                    Merit Badge Day, and that local

                    >     councils should
                    >    
                    >     >     have some

                    >    
                    >     >     scheduling
                    flexibility.  That said, I think earning

                    >     the badge
                    >    
                    >     >     needs to be

                    >    
                    >     >     elevated across all
                    councils; specifically, councils

                    >     should
                    >    
                    >     >     encourage Radio

                    >    
                    >     >     Merit Badge classes
                    be held concurrently with JOTA

                    >     activities.
                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     In addition, I'd like
                    to see a 4 event calendar that could

                    >    
                    >     >     culminate with

                    >    
                    >     >     JOTA weekend. 
                    These events would be: 1) Radio Merit Badge

                    >    
                    >     classes

                    >    
                    >     >     coinciding with Kids
                    Day in early June, 2) Scouts are

                    >     invited to
                    >    
                    >     >     Field Day

                    >    
                    >     >     sites in late June
                    for designated "Scout Hours", 3)

                    >     scouts go on
                    >    
                    >     >     to earn

                    >    
                    >     >     their Tech license
                    (or perhaps General in the possible

                    >     code-free
                    >    
                    >     >     HF license

                    >    
                    >     >     future) in
                    July/August during summer break, 4) newly

                    >     licensed
                    >    
                    >     >     Scouts take

                    >    
                    >     >     the helm during JOTA
                    in October.  In other words, BSA and

                    >    
                    >     ARRL would

                    >    
                    >     >     dedicate June 1 to
                    Third Week in October as a "Radio

                    >     Active"
                    >    
                    >     time.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Gary 's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc

                    >     Committee on
                    >    
                    >     >     Scouting

                    >    
                    >     >     should be
                    addressing.  Their findings and recommendations

                    >    
                    >     are due this

                    >    
                    >     >     coming July.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     73,

                    >    
                    >     >     Bill Morine, N2COP

                    >    
                    >     >     JOTA Chairman, Cape
                    Fear Council #425, 1994 - present

                    >    
                    >     >     K2BSA Staff Member
                    and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001

                    >    
                    >     and 2005

                    >    
                    >     >     National

                    >    
                    >     >     Jamborees

                    >    
                    >     >     Member - ARRL
                    National Public Relations Committee

                    >    
                    >     >     ARRL Public
                    Information Coordinator - North Carolina

                    >     Section
                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     -----Original
                    Message-----

                    >    
                    >     >     From:
                    w:st="on">ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com

                    >    
                    >     [mailto: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com ]

                    >    
                    >     >     Sent: Thursday,
                    January 12, 2006 11:24 AM

                    >    
                    >     >     To:
                    w:st="on">ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com

                    >    
                    >     >     Subject: [ScoutRadio]
                    Digest Number 669

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     There are 3 messages
                    in this issue.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Topics in this
                    digest:

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >           1. Boy Scout
                    Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >               
                    From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>

                    >    
                    >     >           2. Re: Boy
                    Scout Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >               
                    From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>

                    >    
                    >     >           3. Re: Boy
                    Scout Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >               
                    From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >

                    >     >    
                    >     Message: 1     

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>

                    >    
                    >     >     Subject: Boy Scout
                    Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     We just completed our
                    second annual Boy Scout Merit

                    >     Badge Day at
                    >    
                    >     >     Sarnoff Library in
                    w:st="on"> Princeton NJ .  With only a single

                    >     e-mail
                    >    
                    >     >     announcement, we had
                    29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge

                    >     in one
                    >    
                    >     day with

                    >    
                    >     >     4 leaders and 19 hams
                    assisting.  Many of those Scouts

                    >     will
                    >    
                    >     noew be

                    >    
                    >     >     starting a Tech
                    course next week.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Last year with lots
                    of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next

                    >    
                    >     year we'll

                    >     >    
                    >     aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     With all of the
                    PowerPoint materials here in Scout

                    >     Radio, anyone
                    >    
                    >     >     could

                    >    
                    >     >     run such an event in
                    their area.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     It dawned on me that
                    perhaps this could become a national

                    >    
                    >     event for

                    >    
                    >     >     the first Saturday
                    after New Years in January next year.

                    >    
                    >     It's a good

                    >    
                    >     >     weekend for an indoor
                    event in the typical Scout Troops

                    >    
                    >     calendar and

                    >    
                    >     >     complements their
                    exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Comments appreciated
                    here before I submit it to ARRL for

                    >    
                    >     >     consideration.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     73

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Gary, K2GW

                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Radio MB Counselor

                    >    
                    >     >     CNJ Council

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Message:
                    2     

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>

                    >    
                    >     >     Subject: Re: Boy
                    Scout Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     In this area, we try
                    to do the same thing for JOTA,

                    >     annually in
                    >    
                    >     >     October.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     John

                    >    
                    >     >     N7MFQ

                    >    
                    >     >     ----- Original
                    Message -----

                    >    
                    >     >     From: "Gary
                    Wilson" <k2gw@...>

                    >    
                    >     >     To: <
                    w:st="on">ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com >

                    >    
                    >     >     Sent: Wednesday,
                    January 11, 2006 2:32 PM

                    >    
                    >     >     Subject: [ScoutRadio]
                    Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     We just completed our
                    second annual Boy Scout Merit

                    >     Badge Day at
                    >    
                    >     >     Sarnoff Library in
                    w:st="on"> Princeton NJ .  With only a single

                    >     e-mail
                    >    
                    >     >     announcement, we had
                    29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge

                    >     in one
                    >    
                    >     day with

                    >    
                    >     >     4 leaders and 19 hams
                    assisting.  Many of those Scouts

                    >     will
                    >    
                    >     noew be

                    >    
                    >     >     starting a Tech
                    course next week.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Last year with lots
                    of publicity we had 63 Scouts.  Next

                    >    
                    >     year we'll

                    >    
                    >     >     aim for the middle by
                    doing two e-mails.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     With all of the
                    PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,

                    >    
                    >     anyone could

                    >    
                    >     >     run such an event in
                    their area.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     It dawned on me that
                    perhaps this could become a national

                    >    
                    >     event for

                    >    
                    >     >     the first Saturday after
                    New Years in January next year.

                    >    
                    >     It's a good

                    >    
                    >     >     weekend for an indoor
                    event in the typical Scout Troops

                    >    
                    >     calendar and

                    >    
                    >     >     complements their
                    exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Comments appreciated
                    here before I submit it to ARRL for

                    >    
                    >     >     consideration.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     73

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Gary, K2GW

                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Radio MB Counselor

                    >    
                    >     >     CNJ Council

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >     >    
                    >

                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >  

                    >    
                    >   

                    >     ________________________________________________________________________
                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Message:
                    3     

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600

                    >    
                    >     >       
                    From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>

                    >    
                    >     >     Subject: Re: Boy
                    Scout Merit Badge Day

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Gary , et al,

                    >     >    
                    >

                    >    
                    >     >     I can appreciate your
                    enthusiasm for this project,

                    >    
                    >     especially with the

                    >    
                    >     >     success you've
                    enjoyed.  As another poster mentioned, many

                    >    
                    >     >     organizations

                    >    
                    >     >     conduct Radio Merit
                    Badge classes in conjunction with

                    >     JOTA.  In
                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Texas , we

                    >    
                    >     >     have a number of
                    scout camps that conduct Winter Camp

                    >     between
                    >    
                    >     >     Christmas and

                    >    
                    >     >     New Year, and several
                    teach Radio MB .  We're

                    >     conducting Radio
                    >    
                    >     >     Badge classes

                    >    
                    >     >     at some summer camps
                    and at HamCom in June.  During

                    >     March, the
                    >    
                    >     >    
                    w:st="on">Dallas area

                    >    
                    >     >     has a number of
                    "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in

                    >     which the
                    >    
                    >     >     Radio Merit

                    >    
                    >     >     Badge is also
                    taught.  During the summer months, our

                    >     Council
                    >    
                    >     >     conducts what

                    >    
                    >     >     used to be called
                    Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit

                    >     Badge
                    >    
                    >     U --

                    >    
                    >     >     in which

                    >    
                    >     >     the Radio MB is
                    taught.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     I think different
                    areas of the US have different

                    >     opportunities,
                    >    
                    >     >     needs and

                    >    
                    >     >     school
                    schedules.  For example, many of our scouts may not

                    >    
                    >     be back

                    >    
                    >     >     from

                    >    
                    >     >     winter camp,
                    Christmas vacations, etc. for the first

                    >     Saturday.
                    >    
                    >     >     January is a

                    >    
                    >     >     difficult month to
                    forecast the weather in various

                    >     parts of the
                    >    
                    >     >     country,

                    >    
                    >     >     especially for travel
                    to and from the MB class.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     Kid's Day is a great
                    day for families to get their younger

                    >    
                    >     kids on

                    >    
                    >     >     the air

                    >    
                    >     >     to talk with some
                    other younger kids.  I would rather that

                    >    
                    >     we not mix

                    >    
                    >     >     scouting activities
                    with an easy going program to get kids

                    >    
                    >     on the

                    >    
                    >     >     air.

                    >    
                    >     >

                    >    
                    >     >     My suggestion is to
                    leave the date of a Radio MB

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                  • Allan R. Batteiger
                    Gordon I have not forgotten, Tony and I are redoing the slides a bit. I should have then ready for upload shortly, since I have a class to teach starting
                    Message 9 of 12 , Feb 25, 2006
                      Gordon
                      I have not forgotten, Tony and I are redoing the slides a bit. I
                      should have then ready for upload shortly, since I have a class to teach
                      starting next weekend!
                      I am also going to put the files on a www site so they are generally
                      available.

                      Allan R. Batteiger
                      WB5QNG

                      J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:
                      >
                      > Alan,
                      >
                      > Have you gotten time to upload either the long or short form of this
                      > PPT yet?
                      >
                      > I would like both if possible.
                      >
                      > 73!
                      >
                      > YIS,
                      >
                      > Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
                      >
                      > 201.314.6964
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      >
                      > *From:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
                      > *On Behalf Of *Allan R. Batteiger
                      > *Sent:* Saturday, 14 January, 2006 22:59
                      > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > Frank
                      > Tony and I are cleaning up the PPT presentations a bit. We used
                      > several videos from the net, "the ARRL Walter Cronkite", Jay Leno "txt
                      > vs Morse", a Electrical safety video, Along with the NYT course
                      > outline. We mostly followed the NYT instructor guide along with some
                      > power points that we modified. I can upload all of this but it will
                      > take over 100mb. The PPT are about 14mb.
                      >
                      > Allan R. Batteiger
                      > WB5QNG
                      >
                      > Frank Krizan wrote:
                      >
                      > > Allan,
                      > >
                      > > Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group?
                      > >
                      > > ... and again, great work.
                      > >
                      > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                      > > Garland, TX
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                      > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                      > > *Sent:* Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:51 AM
                      > > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                      > >
                      > > Frank
                      > > I did not place an age limit on the scouts. The announcement
                      > > about
                      > > the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader
                      > > list.
                      > > The class had 11 people in it, 4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we
                      > > had a
                      > > good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the
                      > > class.
                      > > More classes are currently being scheduled. I have also had
                      > > request for
                      > > General and Extra classes. These are being looked into for possible
                      > > scheduling in the future.
                      > >
                      > > Allan Batteiger
                      > > WB5QNG
                      > >
                      > > Frank Krizan wrote:
                      > >
                      > > > Hi Allan,
                      > > >
                      > > > Fantastic. I like the idea of a two day course. It's difficult to
                      > > > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and
                      > > the
                      > > > 'fumes') distract them. Something like a weekend course, maybe
                      > > at a
                      > > > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
                      > > > 'fumes', and voila -- learning. I think there needs to be followup
                      > > > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
                      > > > questions prompted by the course.
                      > > >
                      > > > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the
                      > > course? My
                      > > > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2
                      > > almost
                      > > > guarantees a very high pass rate.
                      > > >
                      > > > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
                      > > >
                      > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                      > > > Garland, TX
                      > > >
                      > > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                      > > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                      > > > *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
                      > > > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                      > > >
                      > > > Frank
                      > > > Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of
                      > > years I have
                      > > > taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA
                      > > ( RB
                      > > > in the
                      > > > morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air)
                      > > and one of
                      > > > the Councils Merit Universities. After this last year (
                      > > 2005 ) I
                      > > > had a
                      > > > number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio. Over the
                      > > Christmas
                      > > > Break
                      > > > Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class, we
                      > > had 4
                      > > > scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. All but 2 of
                      > > the scouts
                      > > > passed on the first try. We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
                      > > > Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around
                      > > Ham-Com,
                      > > > Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this
                      > > year. The
                      > > > intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide
                      > a NCT
                      > > > class
                      > > > with VE Test session immediately available.
                      > > >
                      > > > Allan R. Batteiger
                      > > > WB5QNG
                      > > >
                      > > > Frank Krizan wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > > > Hi Bill, et al,
                      > > > >
                      > > > > This is a good discussion. I like your concept of
                      > > > events/activities
                      > > > > that culminate with JOTA.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
                      > > > seeking
                      > > > > ARRL support for various summertime activities for
                      > > scouting that
                      > > > > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry
                      > > level)
                      > > > > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two
                      > > week day
                      > > > > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests,
                      > > inexpensive
                      > > > self
                      > > > > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it
                      > > -- $99
                      > > > can be
                      > > > > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the
                      > > online ARRL
                      > > > > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail
                      > > (or at
                      > > > camp),
                      > > > > and our imaginations can dream up more. This would be a
                      > > list of
                      > > > > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local
                      > > councils,
                      > > > > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On the other hand,
                      > > > > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends
                      > -- or
                      > > > > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain
                      > > > operating
                      > > > > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger
                      > > club. For
                      > > > > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has
                      > > its own
                      > > > Field
                      > > > > Day. Operators are encouraged to try different bands at
                      > > different
                      > > > > times of the day to experience propagation differences and
                      > > > scores are
                      > > > > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit,
                      > > etc.
                      > > > It's
                      > > > > personal improvement ... personal challenges. And ... of
                      > > > course ...
                      > > > > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and
                      > FOOD.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on
                      > > > the air
                      > > > > for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from
                      > year
                      > > > to year
                      > > > > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc
                      > > committee on
                      > > > > scouting is doing? Any postings of their current
                      > > thinking? Any
                      > > > > readers contributing to their deliberation?
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                      > > > > Garland, TX
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > > > *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
                      > > > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > > > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                      > > > > *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
                      > > > > *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Dear Gary et al,
                      > > > >
                      > > > > I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not
                      > be the
                      > > > optimal
                      > > > > time for
                      > > > > a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local
                      > > councils should
                      > > > > have some
                      > > > > scheduling flexibility. That said, I think earning
                      > > the badge
                      > > > > needs to be
                      > > > > elevated across all councils; specifically, councils
                      > > should
                      > > > > encourage Radio
                      > > > > Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA
                      > > activities.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that
                      > could
                      > > > > culminate with
                      > > > > JOTA weekend. These events would be: 1) Radio Merit
                      > Badge
                      > > > classes
                      > > > > coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are
                      > > invited to
                      > > > > Field Day
                      > > > > sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3)
                      > > scouts go on
                      > > > > to earn
                      > > > > their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible
                      > > code-free
                      > > > > HF license
                      > > > > future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly
                      > > licensed
                      > > > > Scouts take
                      > > > > the helm during JOTA in October. In other words, BSA and
                      > > > ARRL would
                      > > > > dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio
                      > > Active"
                      > > > time.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc
                      > > Committee on
                      > > > > Scouting
                      > > > > should be addressing. Their findings and recommendations
                      > > > are due this
                      > > > > coming July.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73,
                      > > > > Bill Morine, N2COP
                      > > > > JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
                      > > > > K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001
                      > > > and 2005
                      > > > > National
                      > > > > Jamborees
                      > > > > Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
                      > > > > ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina
                      > > Section
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > -----Original Message-----
                      > > > > From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > > > [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
                      > > > > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
                      > > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                      > > > >
                      > > > > There are 3 messages in this issue.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Topics in this digest:
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                      > > > > 2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                      > > > > 3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > > From: "Frank Krizan"
                      > <frank.krizan@...>
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Message: 1
                      > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
                      > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                      > > > > Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > >
                      > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                      > > Badge Day at
                      > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                      > > e-mail
                      > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                      > > in one
                      > > > day with
                      > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                      > > will
                      > > > noew be
                      > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                      > > > year we'll
                      > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                      > > Radio, anyone
                      > > > > could
                      > > > > run such an event in their area.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                      > > > event for
                      > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                      > > > It's a good
                      > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                      > > > calendar and
                      > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                      > > > > consideration.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Gary, K2GW
                      > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                      > > > > CNJ Council
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Message: 2
                      > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
                      > > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                      > > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > >
                      > > > > In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA,
                      > > annually in
                      > > > > October.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > John
                      > > > > N7MFQ
                      > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                      > > > > To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                      > > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
                      > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                      > > Badge Day at
                      > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                      > > e-mail
                      > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                      > > in one
                      > > > day with
                      > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                      > > will
                      > > > noew be
                      > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                      > > > year we'll
                      > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
                      > > > anyone could
                      > > > > run such an event in their area.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                      > > > event for
                      > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                      > > > It's a good
                      > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                      > > > calendar and
                      > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                      > > > > consideration.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Gary, K2GW
                      > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                      > > > > CNJ Council
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > ________________________________________________________________________
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Message: 3
                      > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
                      > > > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
                      > > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Gary, et al,
                      > > > >
                      > > > > I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project,
                      > > > especially with the
                      > > > > success you've enjoyed. As another poster mentioned,
                      > many
                      > > > > organizations
                      > > > > conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with
                      > > JOTA. In
                      > > > > Texas, we
                      > > > > have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp
                      > > between
                      > > > > Christmas and
                      > > > > New Year, and several teach Radio MB. We're
                      > > conducting Radio
                      > > > > Badge classes
                      > > > > at some summer camps and at HamCom in June. During
                      > > March, the
                      > > > > Dallas area
                      > > > > has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in
                      > > which the
                      > > > > Radio Merit
                      > > > > Badge is also taught. During the summer months, our
                      > > Council
                      > > > > conducts what
                      > > > > used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit
                      > > Badge
                      > > > U --
                      > > > > in which
                      > > > > the Radio MB is taught.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > I think different areas of the US have different
                      > > opportunities,
                      > > > > needs and
                      > > > > school schedules. For example, many of our scouts
                      > may not
                      > > > be back
                      > > > > from
                      > > > > winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first
                      > > Saturday.
                      > > > > January is a
                      > > > > difficult month to forecast the weather in various
                      > > parts of the
                      > > > > country,
                      > > > > especially for travel to and from the MB class.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their
                      > younger
                      > > > kids on
                      > > > > the air
                      > > > > to talk with some other younger kids. I would rather
                      > that
                      > > > we not mix
                      > > > > scouting activities with an easy going program to get
                      > kids
                      > > > on the
                      > > > > air.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB
                      > > clinic or class
                      > > > > up to local
                      > > > > folks. As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a
                      > > > "national
                      > > > > Radio MB
                      > > > > day" -- it's JOTA.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do
                      > > have a
                      > > > patch
                      > > > > program.
                      > > > > Several councils have a Radio Patch. One of them is
                      > > somewhat
                      > > > > national and
                      > > > > is described on the ARRL Scouting pages. The
                      > > requirements are
                      > > > > very similar
                      > > > > (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB. Girl Scouts, in
                      > > > addition
                      > > > > to JOTA,
                      > > > > have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.
                      > > It's
                      > > > called
                      > > > > Guides On
                      > > > > The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of
                      > > > February. Radio
                      > > > > Scouting should be for girls as well as guys. We need
                      > > to be
                      > > > > promoting a
                      > > > > program for GSUSA for Ham Radio. Our young ladies are
                      > > often
                      > > > left
                      > > > > out of
                      > > > > this high tech adventure.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                      > > > > Garland, TX
                      > > > >
                      > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                      > > > > From: Gary Wilson
                      > > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                      > > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
                      > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                      > > > >
                      > > > >
                      > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                      > > Badge
                      > > > Day at
                      > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                      > > e-mail
                      > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit
                      > Badge in
                      > > > one day
                      > > > > with
                      > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                      > > > will noew be
                      > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.
                      > Next
                      > > > year we'll
                      > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                      > > Radio,
                      > > > anyone
                      > > > > could
                      > > > > run such an event in their area.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a
                      > > national
                      > > > event for
                      > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next
                      > > year.
                      > > > It's a
                      > > > > good
                      > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                      > > > calendar
                      > > > > and
                      > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to
                      > ARRL for
                      > > > > consideration.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > 73
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Gary, K2GW
                      > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                      > > > > CNJ Council
                      > > > >
                      >
                    • Allan R. Batteiger
                      Gordon I have uploaded my latest version of the files to ftp://scouts:$cout$@69.201.182.47/chris/jp_arrl/ . They are in openoffice format. I do not have
                      Message 10 of 12 , Mar 2, 2006
                        Gordon
                        I have uploaded my latest version of the files to
                        ftp://scouts:$cout$@69.201.182.47/chris/jp_arrl/ . They are in
                        openoffice format. I do not have a current copy of MS Office to test
                        the MS PPT export function. www.openoffice.org is free. Let me know
                        if you have any problems.

                        Allan R. Batteiger
                        WB5QNG

                        J.Gordon Beattie, Jr., W2TTT wrote:
                        >
                        > Alan,
                        >
                        > Have you gotten time to upload either the long or short form of this
                        > PPT yet?
                        >
                        > I would like both if possible.
                        >
                        > 73!
                        >
                        > YIS,
                        >
                        > Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
                        >
                        > 201.314.6964
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                        >
                        > *From:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
                        > *On Behalf Of *Allan R. Batteiger
                        > *Sent:* Saturday, 14 January, 2006 22:59
                        > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Frank
                        > Tony and I are cleaning up the PPT presentations a bit. We used
                        > several videos from the net, "the ARRL Walter Cronkite", Jay Leno "txt
                        > vs Morse", a Electrical safety video, Along with the NYT course
                        > outline. We mostly followed the NYT instructor guide along with some
                        > power points that we modified. I can upload all of this but it will
                        > take over 100mb. The PPT are about 14mb.
                        >
                        > Allan R. Batteiger
                        > WB5QNG
                        >
                        > Frank Krizan wrote:
                        >
                        > > Allan,
                        > >
                        > > Do you have a syllabus/outline that you could share with the Group?
                        > >
                        > > ... and again, great work.
                        > >
                        > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                        > > Garland, TX
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                        > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                        > > *Sent:* Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:51 AM
                        > > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                        > >
                        > > Frank
                        > > I did not place an age limit on the scouts. The announcement
                        > > about
                        > > the class was sent over the Boyscout GreatPlainsBSA email leader
                        > > list.
                        > > The class had 11 people in it, 4 were scouts, 6 were under 25, we
                        > > had a
                        > > good mix of scouts, ladies, Homeland Security, and FD attend the
                        > > class.
                        > > More classes are currently being scheduled. I have also had
                        > > request for
                        > > General and Extra classes. These are being looked into for possible
                        > > scheduling in the future.
                        > >
                        > > Allan Batteiger
                        > > WB5QNG
                        > >
                        > > Frank Krizan wrote:
                        > >
                        > > > Hi Allan,
                        > > >
                        > > > Fantastic. I like the idea of a two day course. It's difficult to
                        > > > keep youth interested over a multi-week course, plus school (and
                        > > the
                        > > > 'fumes') distract them. Something like a weekend course, maybe
                        > > at a
                        > > > camp with A/C facilities, keeps them together, no TV, computers,
                        > > > 'fumes', and voila -- learning. I think there needs to be followup
                        > > > for sometime after the course to fill in the blanks and answer
                        > > > questions prompted by the course.
                        > > >
                        > > > Did you limit the age of the scouts who could attend the
                        > > course? My
                        > > > experience has shown that using a high adventure age of 13-1/2
                        > > almost
                        > > > guarantees a very high pass rate.
                        > > >
                        > > > We need to hear of more successes such as yours on this group.
                        > > >
                        > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                        > > > Garland, TX
                        > > >
                        > > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > > *From:* Allan R. Batteiger <mailto:arb@...>
                        > > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                        > > > *Sent:* Friday, January 13, 2006 8:37 PM
                        > > > *Subject:* Re: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                        > > >
                        > > > Frank
                        > > > Just to add to the discussion, for the last couple of
                        > > years I have
                        > > > taught Radio MB just before JOTA or in conjunction with JOTA
                        > > ( RB
                        > > > in the
                        > > > morning, then take the scouts out and get them on the air)
                        > > and one of
                        > > > the Councils Merit Universities. After this last year (
                        > > 2005 ) I
                        > > > had a
                        > > > number of scouts interested in Amateur Radio. Over the
                        > > Christmas
                        > > > Break
                        > > > Tony (W5ADC) and I conducted a 2 day No Code Tech Class, we
                        > > had 4
                        > > > scouts and 2 other youths take the classes. All but 2 of
                        > > the scouts
                        > > > passed on the first try. We had a 70% pass rate of the class.
                        > > > Currently we are planning to schedule further classes around
                        > > Ham-Com,
                        > > > Council Merit Badge Universities, and JOTA again this
                        > > year. The
                        > > > intention is to make Radio MB widely available and provide
                        > a NCT
                        > > > class
                        > > > with VE Test session immediately available.
                        > > >
                        > > > Allan R. Batteiger
                        > > > WB5QNG
                        > > >
                        > > > Frank Krizan wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > > Hi Bill, et al,
                        > > > >
                        > > > > This is a good discussion. I like your concept of
                        > > > events/activities
                        > > > > that culminate with JOTA.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > I would offer an alternative/modification of your proposal by
                        > > > seeking
                        > > > > ARRL support for various summertime activities for
                        > > scouting that
                        > > > > include the Radio Merit Badge, Technician (or other entry
                        > > level)
                        > > > > licensing courses (perhaps at summer camp or a week or two
                        > > week day
                        > > > > camp program), operating events/challenges/contests,
                        > > inexpensive
                        > > > self
                        > > > > study courses for scouts via the internet (let's face it
                        > > -- $99
                        > > > can be
                        > > > > a big chunk of change for a scout in order to take the
                        > > online ARRL
                        > > > > Tech course), kit building, radio operation on the trail
                        > > (or at
                        > > > camp),
                        > > > > and our imaginations can dream up more. This would be a
                        > > list of
                        > > > > activities/events that are "pick and choose" for local
                        > > councils,
                        > > > > clubs, individuals -- not specific dates. On the other hand,
                        > > > > operating events might be scheduled for certain weekends
                        > -- or
                        > > > > scouting units might be encouraged to participate in certain
                        > > > operating
                        > > > > events/contests as an entity, not just part of a bigger
                        > > club. For
                        > > > > example, Venturing Crew 73 of Richardson, TX (K5BSA) has
                        > > its own
                        > > > Field
                        > > > > Day. Operators are encouraged to try different bands at
                        > > different
                        > > > > times of the day to experience propagation differences and
                        > > > scores are
                        > > > > for personal improvement, not trying to beat another unit,
                        > > etc.
                        > > > It's
                        > > > > personal improvement ... personal challenges. And ... of
                        > > > course ...
                        > > > > lots of other activities for non-operating times ... and
                        > FOOD.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > I certainly like the idea of getting newly licensed scouts on
                        > > > the air
                        > > > > for JOTA. JOTA could also become a reunion of sorts from
                        > year
                        > > > to year
                        > > > > for scouts who take part in summertime activities.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > *** I'll ask again -- anyone know what the ARRL ad hoc
                        > > committee on
                        > > > > scouting is doing? Any postings of their current
                        > > thinking? Any
                        > > > > readers contributing to their deliberation?
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                        > > > > Garland, TX
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > > > *From:* N2COP <mailto:n2cop@...>
                        > > > > *To:* ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > > > <mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                        > > > > *Sent:* Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:34 AM
                        > > > > *Subject:* RE: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Dear Gary et al,
                        > > > >
                        > > > > I agree to a degree with Frank that January may not
                        > be the
                        > > > optimal
                        > > > > time for
                        > > > > a National Radio Merit Badge Day, and that local
                        > > councils should
                        > > > > have some
                        > > > > scheduling flexibility. That said, I think earning
                        > > the badge
                        > > > > needs to be
                        > > > > elevated across all councils; specifically, councils
                        > > should
                        > > > > encourage Radio
                        > > > > Merit Badge classes be held concurrently with JOTA
                        > > activities.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > In addition, I'd like to see a 4 event calendar that
                        > could
                        > > > > culminate with
                        > > > > JOTA weekend. These events would be: 1) Radio Merit
                        > Badge
                        > > > classes
                        > > > > coinciding with Kids Day in early June, 2) Scouts are
                        > > invited to
                        > > > > Field Day
                        > > > > sites in late June for designated "Scout Hours", 3)
                        > > scouts go on
                        > > > > to earn
                        > > > > their Tech license (or perhaps General in the possible
                        > > code-free
                        > > > > HF license
                        > > > > future) in July/August during summer break, 4) newly
                        > > licensed
                        > > > > Scouts take
                        > > > > the helm during JOTA in October. In other words, BSA and
                        > > > ARRL would
                        > > > > dedicate June 1 to Third Week in October as a "Radio
                        > > Active"
                        > > > time.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Gary's suggestions are part of what ARRL's Ad Hoc
                        > > Committee on
                        > > > > Scouting
                        > > > > should be addressing. Their findings and recommendations
                        > > > are due this
                        > > > > coming July.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73,
                        > > > > Bill Morine, N2COP
                        > > > > JOTA Chairman, Cape Fear Council #425, 1994 - present
                        > > > > K2BSA Staff Member and Radio Merit Badge Instructor, 2001
                        > > > and 2005
                        > > > > National
                        > > > > Jamborees
                        > > > > Member - ARRL National Public Relations Committee
                        > > > > ARRL Public Information Coordinator - North Carolina
                        > > Section
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > -----Original Message-----
                        > > > > From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > > > [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com]
                        > > > > Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:24 AM
                        > > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Digest Number 669
                        > > > >
                        > > > > There are 3 messages in this issue.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Topics in this digest:
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 1. Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                        > > > > 2. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                        > > > > 3. Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > > From: "Frank Krizan"
                        > <frank.krizan@...>
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Message: 1
                        > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:32:37 -0000
                        > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                        > > > > Subject: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > >
                        > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                        > > Badge Day at
                        > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                        > > e-mail
                        > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                        > > in one
                        > > > day with
                        > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                        > > will
                        > > > noew be
                        > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                        > > > year we'll
                        > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                        > > Radio, anyone
                        > > > > could
                        > > > > run such an event in their area.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                        > > > event for
                        > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                        > > > It's a good
                        > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                        > > > calendar and
                        > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                        > > > > consideration.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Gary, K2GW
                        > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                        > > > > CNJ Council
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Message: 2
                        > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 15:56:51 -0700
                        > > > > From: "John Brewer" <n7mfq@...>
                        > > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > >
                        > > > > In this area, we try to do the same thing for JOTA,
                        > > annually in
                        > > > > October.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > John
                        > > > > N7MFQ
                        > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > > > From: "Gary Wilson" <k2gw@...>
                        > > > > To: <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com>
                        > > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 2:32 PM
                        > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                        > > Badge Day at
                        > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                        > > e-mail
                        > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit Badge
                        > > in one
                        > > > day with
                        > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                        > > will
                        > > > noew be
                        > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts. Next
                        > > > year we'll
                        > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout Radio,
                        > > > anyone could
                        > > > > run such an event in their area.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a national
                        > > > event for
                        > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next year.
                        > > > It's a good
                        > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                        > > > calendar and
                        > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to ARRL for
                        > > > > consideration.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Gary, K2GW
                        > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                        > > > > CNJ Council
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > ________________________________________________________________________
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Message: 3
                        > > > > Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:04:17 -0600
                        > > > > From: "Frank Krizan" <frank.krizan@...>
                        > > > > Subject: Re: Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Gary, et al,
                        > > > >
                        > > > > I can appreciate your enthusiasm for this project,
                        > > > especially with the
                        > > > > success you've enjoyed. As another poster mentioned,
                        > many
                        > > > > organizations
                        > > > > conduct Radio Merit Badge classes in conjunction with
                        > > JOTA. In
                        > > > > Texas, we
                        > > > > have a number of scout camps that conduct Winter Camp
                        > > between
                        > > > > Christmas and
                        > > > > New Year, and several teach Radio MB. We're
                        > > conducting Radio
                        > > > > Badge classes
                        > > > > at some summer camps and at HamCom in June. During
                        > > March, the
                        > > > > Dallas area
                        > > > > has a number of "Merit Badge Colleges/Universities" in
                        > > which the
                        > > > > Radio Merit
                        > > > > Badge is also taught. During the summer months, our
                        > > Council
                        > > > > conducts what
                        > > > > used to be called Merit Badge Camp -- now called Merit
                        > > Badge
                        > > > U --
                        > > > > in which
                        > > > > the Radio MB is taught.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > I think different areas of the US have different
                        > > opportunities,
                        > > > > needs and
                        > > > > school schedules. For example, many of our scouts
                        > may not
                        > > > be back
                        > > > > from
                        > > > > winter camp, Christmas vacations, etc. for the first
                        > > Saturday.
                        > > > > January is a
                        > > > > difficult month to forecast the weather in various
                        > > parts of the
                        > > > > country,
                        > > > > especially for travel to and from the MB class.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Kid's Day is a great day for families to get their
                        > younger
                        > > > kids on
                        > > > > the air
                        > > > > to talk with some other younger kids. I would rather
                        > that
                        > > > we not mix
                        > > > > scouting activities with an easy going program to get
                        > kids
                        > > > on the
                        > > > > air.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > My suggestion is to leave the date of a Radio MB
                        > > clinic or class
                        > > > > up to local
                        > > > > folks. As suggested earlier, we somewhat already have a
                        > > > "national
                        > > > > Radio MB
                        > > > > day" -- it's JOTA.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Girl Scouting doesn't have merit badges, but, they do
                        > > have a
                        > > > patch
                        > > > > program.
                        > > > > Several councils have a Radio Patch. One of them is
                        > > somewhat
                        > > > > national and
                        > > > > is described on the ARRL Scouting pages. The
                        > > requirements are
                        > > > > very similar
                        > > > > (if not identical) to the BSA Radio MB. Girl Scouts, in
                        > > > addition
                        > > > > to JOTA,
                        > > > > have a weekend of their own adjacent to Thinking Day.
                        > > It's
                        > > > called
                        > > > > Guides On
                        > > > > The Air (GOTA) and is held the third full weekend of
                        > > > February. Radio
                        > > > > Scouting should be for girls as well as guys. We need
                        > > to be
                        > > > > promoting a
                        > > > > program for GSUSA for Ham Radio. Our young ladies are
                        > > often
                        > > > left
                        > > > > out of
                        > > > > this high tech adventure.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73, Frank KR1ZAN
                        > > > > Garland, TX
                        > > > >
                        > > > > ----- Original Message -----
                        > > > > From: Gary Wilson
                        > > > > To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
                        > > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 3:32 PM
                        > > > > Subject: [ScoutRadio] Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > We just completed our second annual Boy Scout Merit
                        > > Badge
                        > > > Day at
                        > > > > Sarnoff Library in Princeton NJ. With only a single
                        > > e-mail
                        > > > > announcement, we had 29 Scouts earn Radio Merit
                        > Badge in
                        > > > one day
                        > > > > with
                        > > > > 4 leaders and 19 hams assisting. Many of those Scouts
                        > > > will noew be
                        > > > > starting a Tech course next week.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Last year with lots of publicity we had 63 Scouts.
                        > Next
                        > > > year we'll
                        > > > > aim for the middle by doing two e-mails.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > With all of the PowerPoint materials here in Scout
                        > > Radio,
                        > > > anyone
                        > > > > could
                        > > > > run such an event in their area.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > It dawned on me that perhaps this could become a
                        > > national
                        > > > event for
                        > > > > the first Saturday after New Years in January next
                        > > year.
                        > > > It's a
                        > > > > good
                        > > > > weekend for an indoor event in the typical Scout Troops
                        > > > calendar
                        > > > > and
                        > > > > complements their exisitng Kid's Day on Sunday.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Comments appreciated here before I submit it to
                        > ARRL for
                        > > > > consideration.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > 73
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Gary, K2GW
                        > > > > Radio MB Counselor
                        > > > > CNJ Council
                        > > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
                        > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/radio-scouting-uk
                        > >
                        > > Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them
                        > > subscibe to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth
                        > >
                        > > Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
                        > > http://www.ontargetbsa.org/
                        > >
                        > > Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
                        > > http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml
                        > >
                        > > Visit the Adventure Radio Society: http://www.natworld.com/ars/
                        > >
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                        > Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
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                        >
                        > Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them
                        > subscibe to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadioYouth
                        >
                        > Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
                        > http://www.ontargetbsa.org/
                        >
                        > Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
                        > http://www.k1dwu.net/ham-links/clubs.-.scouting.phtml
                        >
                        > Visit the Adventure Radio Society: http://www.natworld.com/ars/
                        >
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