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Re: [scoutradio] Radio Merit Badge

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  • Bob Bruninga
    ... Wow, neat job! I taught signaling merit badge back when I was a counselor. My classroom was just a clearing in the woods and a log. For the Radio
    Message 1 of 39 , Apr 12, 2000
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      On Tue, 11 Apr 2000, Troop 54 wrote:

      > Hi my name is max and I will be teaching the radio merit badge at a summer
      > camp this summer. any suggestions from anybody?

      Wow, neat job! I taught signaling merit badge back when I was a
      counselor. My "classroom" was just a clearing in the woods and a log.
      For the Radio badge, I would envision a log bench with several radios on
      it all powered by solar power and a battery (for cloudy days).

      Tell us where your camp is, and then we should be able to find some guys
      to help you gather up some equipment. I envision the following in
      increasing order of complexity and investment.

      CB radio (should be able to find one for about $5 at any flea market)
      Kids HT's (Kids 49 mhz walkie talkies, probably already have some)
      FRS Radios (At least a pair. Usually bought new on sale for under $29)
      HF radio (Now we are getting serious)
      2m HT
      Packet TNC (Connect on 144.39 MHz and you should be able to talk
      Laptop (worldwide via APRS...
      UHF HT (5 times a day, you can work the FM Voice Satellites
      (With this HT as the downlink and the 2mm HT as the uplink

      Lots of opportunity... SHow 'em the toys and then show 'em the real thing
      in HAM radio is worth moving up to.

      de WB4APR, Bob
    • mcarter
      thank you well spoke way to many things change without much thought on why they are like they are without regard to conciseness of the change Myron Carter,
      Message 39 of 39 , Mar 8
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        thank you
        well spoke
        way to many things change without much thought on why they are like they are
        without regard to conciseness of the change
        Myron Carter, KØJR
        myroncarterjr@...

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        On Sun, 3/8/15, k2gw@... [ScoutRadio] <ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

        Subject: [ScoutRadio] Re: Radio Merit Badge
        To: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:12 AM


         









        Just to correct some misunderstandings here,
        while Q signals are not used much on VHF or FM
        communications, and especially in VHF/UHF FM ICS based
        communications, they are still extensively used on Amateur
        HF, both on CW and in the Phone and Digital modes.

        While they had their origins
        in commercial Marine Radiotelegraph, they serve an
        additional purpose besides reducing the number of characters
        needed to be sent.  They also facilitate communications
        between persons who speak different languages.
        To prove my point, quick, how do you say
        "I acknowledge your message" in Serbo-Croatian? 
        I have no idea either, but both a Serbian Ham and I
        would both understand "QSL".

        Thus they are not going away and are included
        in Radio Merit Badge as a common amateur practice.

        73
        Gary Wilson, K2GW










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