RE: [ScoutRadio] Briefing for Cub Scouts
- at our JOTA, i brought 4 different code keys with Pizeo beeper/mechanical
buzzer and an old sounder to let the boys get an idea of what morse sounds
like and used to in the railroad landline days. i had a few sheets of mose
code around. the younger boys were facinated with it and most tried to send
there name or something else. one sent di dit di dit di dit and said
that was a period. when i corrected him he showed me that on my old 40s-50s
BSA signaler it showed that for period. i was overwelmed by how much
interest there was in the morse code.
>From: "Dave" <dadsit@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [ScoutRadio] Briefing for Cub Scouts
>Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 17:51:53 -0000
>I've just been asked to give a briefing to a Cub Scout Pack on Amateur
>Radio. Although I already have one done it primarily focuses on the
>adult/scout leader population. I know I've asked for ideas before and
>the group has been very receptive. Has anyone done something like this
>for Cub Scouts or have any ideas to share that might keep their
>interest? I'm guessing I'll have between 30 mins - 1 hr. I may try to
>set up a couple of stations (VHF, UHF, CW Osicillator, etc). Any
>ideas/input from the group would be appreciated.
>Stephens City, Virginia
>Check out the UK Radio-Scouting page here at Yahoo!Groups.
>Now that you've got new licensees in your unit, why not have them subscibe
>Visit "Operation On Target BSA" Mountain Top Signaling:
>Great list of Scouting/Amateur Radio web sites:
>SCOUTING and AMATEUR RADIO - FUN FOR ALL AGES
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- First, let me second Barry's suggestion. Beepers and buzzers with keys or paddles hooked to them are a source of neverending fascination for some boys. Not every one will get into it, but almost every single cub will at least try to send his name. A few will be happy to spend the whole evening clicking away.
When Gordon West taught us, the other thing that got the attention of the cub-scout boys (and many of the older boys, and dads) was direction finding. He had a teeny, tiny transmitter that he passed out into the audience.
The boys passed it around for a few minutes and hid it in the crowd. Gordo then picked up a small RDF set and proceeded to determine which aisle of tables it was in.
"Do it again!" was the resounding call from the boys.
I don't know the details of what gear he used, but I do know that it was a hit.
Passed my tech that day.
-Mark Z, ki6abrOn 11/6/06, Dave <dadsit@...> wrote:
I've just been asked to give a briefing to a Cub Scout Pack on Amateur
Radio. Although I already have one done it primarily focuses on the
adult/scout leader population. I know I've asked for ideas before and
the group has been very receptive. Has anyone done something like this
for Cub Scouts or have any ideas to share that might keep their
interest? I'm guessing I'll have between 30 mins - 1 hr. I may try to
set up a couple of stations (VHF, UHF, CW Osicillator, etc). Any
ideas/input from the group would be appreciated.
Stephens City, Virginia
- I have done it many times and they always had fun...I have a box of all the labled parts...it was an old readio taken apart and labled....I have my morse code key...I have done game s and prizes with them...I would hand out kids day invites.....and of course show pix of us at 911 and the red cross and the marathon and parades and I always tell them @ skywarn...then we play and talk on tyhe radio...before I leave I give them coloring pages with my contact in fo on the bottom and home made chocolate I made in the shapes of a ham radio
On Mon, 06 Nov 2006 17:51:53 -0000, Dave wrote
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- Having done a bunch of these, I agree with everyone's ideas.
I always had a pre-set sked with someone on 2 meters who had a
scouting background and we did a QSO with him discussing his history
with ham radio as well as scouting. Always had a few boys who would
want to talk to him.