Re: [ScoutRadio] Simple Camporee Station
- Wow.. thanks for the great idea. I've been trying to
get fox hunting going but had a hard time with getting
equipment and this might be just the thing I needed.
Maybe even tie it to Orienteering as the first leg.
Dan - kb0ppm
--- Gary Wilson <k2gw@...> wrote:
> I know others have offered radio foxhunting to____________________________________________________________________________________
> scouts, but here's an
> variation to try if you only have limited equipment
> and a lot of
> scouts. With only one foxbox and one Direction
> Finder, we had a few
> hundred scouts get a taste of Radio Direction
> Finding at this past
> weekend's district camporee.
> How did we do it? Well, first of all, we were one
> of the stations
> that patrols had to visit to get points in the
> competition. As the
> camporee wa about solving a mystery involving a
> missing aircraft, we
> easily added locating a transmitter to the scenario.
> We hid the foxbox over the hill at a place not
> normally visited by
> the Scouts and not directly visible from our
> camporee station. And
> we hung one of the big "When all else fails" banners
> over it.
> As each Patrol came to our station, we explained the
> problem to them
> and then had them use the VK3YNG RDF to determine a
> compass bearing
> to the transmitter. This DF is easy for a group to
> use as the S
> meter is an audio tone that changes in pitch. The
> patrol was then
> told to follow the bearing using their own comapas
> to the site and
> report back what the banner said. Most found it in
> less than ten
> When they came back, we then signed their patrols
> score card and
> gave them a flyer explaining how to sign up for a
> free one day Radio
> Merit Badge class in the winter.
> The advantages of this approach was the minimal
> equipment and staff
> involved, the reinforcement of a traditional scout
> skill of using a
> compass and avoiding the difficulty newcomers often
> have with DF'ing
> very close to the transmitter.
> So consider it as a simple idea for your next
> camporee to give a lot
> of kids a taste of Amateur Radio.
> Gary Wilson, K2GW
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