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Nobel Laureate teaches Scouts about the Merit Badge he earned as a Boy Scout.

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  • Gary Wilson
    Programs like this one and my similar Bird Study Day allow Scouts to explore unusual Merit Badges, advance and stay in the program, allow unit leaders to have
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2008
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      Programs like this one and my similar Bird Study Day allow Scouts to explore unusual Merit Badges, advance and stay in the program, allow unit leaders to have program they can draw upon, and allows members of the public to show off their skills to Scouts.  This also lets non-Scouters to see the value of Scouting first hand.

       

      I'll be happy to discuss the concept with other Scouters.  Once you get a program started like these, it pretty much runs itself from year to year with the Merit Badge Counselor such as myself merely supervising the event.

       

      Yours in Scouting,

       

      Gary Wilson

      Unit Commissioner

      Mercer Area District

      Central New Jersey Council, BSA

       

      Radio Merit Badge Day 2008

       

      On Saturday, January 5th 2008, 55 Boy Scouts from Central New Jersey earned their Radio Merit Badges at the David Sarnoff Library in Princeton , New Jersey .  This was the fourth year that the library and David Sarnoff Corporation hosted the event, run by Amateur Radio Operators from the Delaware Valley Radio Association and the David Sarnoff Radio Club.

       

      The day began with a brief presentation by Dr. Alex Magoun, Executive Director of the Library, explaining how a young David Sarnoff  received radio messages from the sinking of the SS Titanic and went on to found RCA and the National Broadcasting Company.  He also described how color television, computer memory, LCD's and HDTV were advanced by discoveries at the laboratories.

       

      The Scouts then attended classes on Radio Theory, Electronic Circuits, Electrical Safety and Amateur Radio.  They spoke via Amateur Radio to hams across the country and on board the battleship USS New Jersey, and located a hidden transmitter on the property.   They also saw demonstrations of the Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS), sent their names in Morse Code, and learned how Amateur Radio provides essential communications during disasters.

       

      To finish the day, Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT, of Princeton University spoke on how he earned his Amateur Radio License and Radio Merit Badge as a Boy Scout.  He also explained how it led him to a career in Radio Astronomy and described the Radio Telescope at Arecibo in Puerto Rico .  This work led to Dr Taylor being awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of a binary pulsar, helping to confirm Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.  Dr. Taylor then presented each Scout with an approved Radio Merit Badge application.

       

      The following amateur Radio Operators helped with the planning or teaching at the event: Don Wright, AA2F; Harry Bryant, AA2WN; Mike Moreken, AB2IO; Christian Ingerslev, AB2SN; Joe Taylor, K1JT; Gary Wilson, K2GW; Nick Battaglia, K2JMK; Rebecca Mercuri, KA3IAX;  Steve Gingo, KB2RMS; Cal Moon, KC2CKI; Dennis McClary, KC2IMI; Norberto Perez, KC2PKQ; Ed Kaftanic, KE2MM; Leon Grauer, N0TAZ; Stan Subhan, N2FMI; Gerry Jurrens , N2GJ; Darryl Foyuth, N2JVP; Brian Boccardi, N2MPM; Steve Gingo, N2RMS; Tom Bagdas, NU2I; and John DeGood , NU3E.

       

      Thanks again to all who helped these scouts, parents, and leaders to explore the fascinating world of wireless communications.

       

      Gary Wilson, K2GW

      Unit Commissioner

      Mercer Area District

      Central New Jersey Council, BSA

      K2gw@...

       

      For more details and pictures of the event by Alex Magoun, see http://www.davidsarnoff.blogspot.com/  .  Other pictures of the event by Gerry Jurrens can be found at http://www.gjurrens.com/oragallery/  . All participants signed photo releases for publication.  Just credit the two photographers.

       

      For more details on Dr. Taylor's, work, see http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1993/illpres/discovery.html and

      http://www.atomic.princeton.edu/www/jh/research/taylor_joseph.html

       

       For details on how to organize such an event in your area, see http://k2gw.tripod.com/radiomeritbadge/

       

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