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Re: [scoutradio] Hi All---JOTA--VHF

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  • Wayne R. Hatfield
    All though we did not do a rescue and search we did talk about and show 2 meters to our scouts as you say this is the first thing they get into. ... From:
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 26, 2000
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      All though we did not do a rescue and search we did talk about and show 2
      meters to our scouts as you say this is the first thing they get into.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <Kd5inm@...>
      To: <scoutradio@egroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2000 1:06 AM
      Subject: [scoutradio] Hi All---JOTA--VHF

      > Hi all,
      > I'm new to this group, but I've been a Ham just a few days short of
      > a year now and the other day was my first JOTA. I sure got a kick
      > out of the scouts talking on the radio. I didn't really do much
      > talking on the radio, most of my talking was talking with parents,
      > scouts and scoutmasters about Amateur radio. We met a few amateurs
      > that had been absent from Ham radio for awhile. This one fella had a
      > 9 year old son who came in ahead of his dad, and was full of
      > questions. His dad came to our operating position( Scout Camp
      > Perkins, near Wichita Falls, TX)at the other scoutmasters house later
      > and told us he was going to have to get out the radio equipment again
      > and dust it off, because his son was asking questions, we said, yes,
      > we understand.. :D and he was asking about the 2 meter rig and
      > frequencies that we we're using. Another fella who has been SWL, was
      > also asking about some frequencies for weather spotting, amongst
      > other questions.
      > I think that maybe I will make a suggestion to the group, and see
      > what you all would think about it. I feel that we should add another
      > aspect to the JOTA, in that we teach/show the scouts how 2 meters or
      > other bands can be used while trekking through the woods to keep in
      > contact with their group, to radio for help in case of injury or
      > accident, teach them to at least carry a simple radio beacon on their
      > person that could be used to find them, say if one of them falls in a
      > hole or get trapped.
      > We should use some of the shorter range equipment and involve them
      > in an excersize to rescue or locate someone or a fellow scout. We
      > could teach them how to use Amateur radio, break them into two or
      > three groups, posting an Amateur/Scout with them, and use the radios
      > to communicate amongst themselves.
      > The reason behind doing this, is this. Think about this for a
      > second, Which way do most Amateurs enter Ham radio ranks today? Most
      > of them enter as a No-Code Technician. The HF stuff is fun, I enjoyed
      > it just listening and watching, but when it comes down to brass tax,
      > the way to get the scouts involved is to teach them and get them a
      > license to talk. You have to learn to crawl before you walk, so lets
      > think about this, this would allow the scouts and their families that
      > participate with them, that they can use Amateur radio to great
      > benefit meanwhile you learn and are exposed to HF more than once a
      > year at JOTA, plus Ham radio will grow!!
      > Scouting and Ham radio are good for each other, we both follow an
      > oath or code.
      > An Amateur is:
      > CONSIDERATE...never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen
      > the pleasure of others.
      > LOYAL...offers loyalty, encouragement, and support to other
      > amateurs, local clubs, and the Amateur Radio Relay League, through
      > which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally
      > and internationally.
      > PROGRESSIVE...with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and
      > efficient station and operate above reproach.
      > FRIENDLY...slow and patient operating when requested, friendly
      > advice and councel to the beginner;kindly assistance, cooperation,
      > and consideration for the intersts of others. These are the hallmarks
      > of amateur spirit.
      > BALANCED...radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties
      > owed to family, job, school, or community.
      > PATRIOTIC...station and skill always ready for service to country
      > and community.
      > Are'nt many of these same things what Scouting stands for???
      > 73 John KD5INM
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