Re: [scoutradio] Hi All---JOTA--VHF
- 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.
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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
> SCOUTING and AMATEUR RADIO - FUN FOR ALL AGES