RE: [ScoutRadio] Summer Camp Nets
I’d like to add something to this plan. I would suggest that this plan be applied daily, Monday through Thursday during June and July – maybe even August if camps are running then.
In Texas , units arrive on Sunday, medical and swim checks, getting the lay of the land, etc. and depart on Saturday by Noon – very busy days. Friday is usually wrapping up merit badges, getting ready for “family night”, OA tap outs, etc. So, Mon thru Thur are probably the only practical days. Monday’s can also be hectic; but, I would hesitate limiting the opportunities for getting on the air.
This idea is not just for the camps, but, for those of us at home, in cars, etc. who can monitor the scouting frequencies (note: not just a “calling frequency” but rather a range of frequencies).
We may want to carry a mod of the plan over into the Fall, Winter and Spring for evening hours and on Saturdays to provide contacts for units that are camping and for demos.
I’m glad to see that several of you are reading the Group. Your comments are appreciated. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU LURKING IN THE BACKGROUND – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THESE IDEAS?
Nathaniel: Thanks for getting this thread going.
73, Frank KR1ZAN
… and a Good ol’ Fox, too!
From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Frank Krizan
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 1:48 PM
Subject: RE: [ScoutRadio] Summer Camp Nets
What are your thoughts? Days, times, freqs?
Picking a single time for a net is difficult, considering the 4 time zones. Scout summer camps are rather busy days and nights, so picking freqs and times for each time zone (or call district) and a nationwide freq(s) to monitor for several hours might be better.
I would tend to suggest a 20m frequency at 1 p.m. local time (so there’s actually 4 “nets”) and another at 9 p.m. (local time) on 40m. I would suggest no formal net, but, rather that scout camps and scouts/scouters at home monitor the “Scout frequencies” plus or minus 10kHz from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. local time and from 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. local time.
I chose these times to reduce conflicts with other scout camp activities. 1 p.m. is after lunch and often a “rest period”. 9 p.m. is usually after the evening activities and free time prior to bed.
Here’s the chart:
1700-2000 14280-14297kHz (please avoid the Maritime Net on 14300)
0100-0400 7260-7280KHz (note the US uses 7270kHz instead of 7290 for Scout calling frequency)
All stations should monitor 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time. Ideally, scout camp stations and others at home can listen around each hour UTC whenever they have time. Give a call on a clear frequency in the recommended range and/or listen for scout camps calling CQ. Let’s use the term “Scout Camps on the Air” (SCOTA).
Alaska and Hawaii are a little disadvantaged, however, they could join in prior to dinner and during the morning possibly right after breakfast.
Your thoughts? And, those of any others?
73, Frank KR1ZAN
From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nathaniel A. Frissell
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 12:11 PM
Subject: [ScoutRadio] Summer Camp Nets
Hello, Scouters. A few months ago, there was talk about possibly starting
up a summer camp net. I would really like to see that happen, as I am
always looking for interesting people for scouts to talk to on the air.
Would anyone like to help me coordinate this activity?
Thanks and 73...
de Nathaniel, W2NAF
- Nathaniel, please let us know how the SCCP works for you. In no small sense, it's still in the Beta testing phase and we may have to make adjustments, depending upon ham-Scouters' experiences.
Howz it feel to be a Guinea pig? 8-)
HF is off limits for me for the next couple weeks at least, now that the AZ Natl Forests are closed. Because of the AZ fires, I'm at a local county campground (directly in the direction -5 mi north- the Brins Fires will head if the winds pick up and still no rain) which is heavily forested and no way to get up an HF antenna high enough (vertical would be my only option, but I don't have my 50' mast with me). So, no Field Day, no SCCP, no HF until it rains or snows.
73 de Fred K2FRD
At 2:20 PM -0400 6/24/06, Nathaniel A. Frissell wrote:
>I just wanted to let you know that I am off to scout camp today, and will
>have W2FSR on the air within a week. I hope to talk to all of you on
>73 de Nathaniel, W2NAF
73 and Yours In Scouting de Fred Stevens K2FRD, VO2FS
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