Re: SCCP News Release
- This is a great! I am glad to see more involvment. I will be
taking my HF field station to Camp Gerber Scout Camp this summer
when I am doing Camp Commissioner. I will be setting it up and
allowing for Scouts and Scouters to make contacts. I will be there
for a week in July and then again for a week in August. I know of
other Scouters/amateur radio operators that are going to bring an HF
field station with them as well.
--- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, <fisher_daniel@...> wrote:
> NEWS RELEASE
> Calling Plan Established for Boy Scout Camps
> By Daniel Fisher, AI4GK
> South Brevard County, Florida PIO, ARRL
> A small group of Amateur Radio operators who also are involved in
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently established a calling plan for
Boy Scout camps.
> In late April, Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, posed a challenge, of
sorts, to members of the Scout Radio Yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ScoutRadio, to come up with a summer
camp net so that Scouts can talk to one another. Frissell
said, "Scout camp radio stations are often frustrated when they have
limited times to get on the air and can't find anyone to talk with."
> What happened was astounding. After a very few weeks of discussion
led by Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN, President of the K2BSA Amateur Radio
Association, the Scout Radio members came up with an HF calling
plan, dubbed Scout Camps Calling Protocol, or SCCP. According to
Krizan, SCCP is not a net, but rather, a plan for ham-Scouts and
Scouters throughout the United States, Canada and the world to make
contact with other Scouts and Scouters for Radio Merit Badge
requirements, Amateur Radio demonstrations, emergency preparedness,
passing NTS traffic, or any other purpose, including
ragchewing. "The intent is to encourage camps and folks at home to
get on the air at prescribed times and provide radio contacts for
scouts at camp for many of whom this will be their first amateur
radio contact," said Krizan. The plan is broad-based, and with the
many camps and time zones, the likelihood of a Scout camp contacting
another specific camp is slim. Ham-Scouters and other interested
hams not at camp are encouraged to support to Scouts and Scouters
who are attending camp by providing contacts for them.
> The SCCP plan's strength is its simplicity.
> 1. Scout camps, and any interested ham-Scouters not at camp,
are encouraged to get on the air at 1300, 1900, and 2100 hours local
> 2. Calling times extend from 5 minutes before to 5 minutes
after the hour. The recognized call will be "CQ SCOUT CAMPS."
> 3. Use the traditional Scout calling frequencies, +/- 10 KHz,
avoiding any nets.
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/jota.html#frequencies has additional
> BAND SSB CW
> 80 Meters 3.740 / 3.940 MHz 3.590 MHz
> 40 Meters 7.270 MHz * 7.030 MHz
> 20 Meters 14.290 MHz ** 14.070 MHz ***
> 4. There are two frequency bands for each time. Participating
stations will use the higher band during the 5 minutes before the
hour and the lower band during the 5 minutes after the hour to
maximize propagation conditions.
> 5. The bands to use are:
> 1. Daytime (1300 and 1900 hours): 20m/40m.
> 2. Nighttime (2100 hours): 40m/80m.
> 6. Scout camps, Scouts and Scouters from the United States,
Canada, and the rest of the world are encouraged to monitor
according to the plan from 1700Z to 2000Z and from 2300Z to 0400Z to
support Scout camps with traffic handling and talking with Scouts.
> *7.270 might be unusable in the evening and night hours due to
Asian broadcast stations. Tune up or down to find an opening.
> **Avoid 14.300, since the Maritime Mobile Service Net and the
Intercontinental Traffic Net use this frequency.
> ***Although 14.070 is listed as the Scout CW calling frequency, do
not use it because it is the international PSK-31 frequency.
Suggested frequency is 14.065. Please refer to the following link
for more details.
> Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, developer of Automatic Position Reporting
System (APRS) and another avid ham-Scouter, has added the following
suggestions for Scout camps and ham-Scouters equipped with APRS.
> 1. If your camp has APRS, send a message to SCOUTS at the
beginning and end of all operating periods. An APRS message to
SCOUTS will be retransmitted everywhere in the USA and the world
where SCOUTS has been added to the automatic "pass-to-RF" at the
> 2. Contact the local IGate that serves your camp area and ask
the SYSOP to include "SCOUTS" in its automatic "pass-to-RF" list.
This way, you can receive, in real time, any other SCOUTS messages
in the world alerting you of other stations on the air.
> 3. Make sure that your station is using the APRS symbol for
Scouts. That way, any other station in the world can check the APRS
FINDU Web page and see live which other SCOUT stations are on the
> The Scout Camp Calling Protocol was originally published in the
OCARG EAGLE, an e-Zine dedicated to RadioScouting. The editor is
Fred Stevens, K2FRD. Current and archived copies of the EAGLE are
available at http://homepage.mac.com/k2frd/ocarg.htm Scouts and
scouters interested in RadioScouting are encouraged to subscribe to
the OCARG EAGLE, free of charge. Our thanks to Fred and the EAGLE
for permission to use parts of his article in this report.
> Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, a very active ham-Scouter from
Bloomfield, New Jersey, runs the technology program and Amateur
Radio activities at Forestburg Scout Reservation (W2FSR) in
Forestburgh, NY. The program includes a Technician license class and
VE sessions each week during the camp. During the summer of 2005,
Nathaniel also served on the K2BSA staff at the National Boy Scout
Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, VA.
> Daniel Fisher, AI4GK is a ham-Scouter and a public information
officer for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in Palm Bay,
Florida. He has assisted in operating JOTA stations in South Brevard
County, Florida for several years and regularly operates HF and VHF
stations at Boy Scout camps. Dan previously has contributed Scouting
stories to the ARRL Web site. He can be contacted at ai4gk@...