Re: [ScoutRadio] HF at Summer Camp?
- Hi Jon,
My first year at camp with my troop, I took my radio. I got a warm
welcome from the staff. Having a feel for the land, the next year I
offered to do the Radio Merit badge. I had 25 in my class (this was a
small camp). There was one young scout 12 or 13 that really got into it.
I had one of the best locations in camp to set up. On the front porch
of the office building overlooking the lake. It doesn't get any better
I got my start in ham radio from the Boy Scouts. It took me until I was
about 40 to get my licenses, but I did. Chances are without being
expose to it by the Scouting program I would have never considered it.
I hope that some of the seeds I planted with the 3 years with my radio
program will take root. You never know how a single event like this can
touch a passion in a Scout.
I would say go for it. Call the camp ahead of time and make
arrangements. It is also a good idea to have some scheds so that you
can get the boys on the air.
Good luck and 73
DE WA1GON an Eagle Scout
LoTW DX/WAS nets - Easy way to chase paper
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> This year Gerber Scout Camp Reservation said theyWe had a similar offer for a permanent ham station at one of our
> are going to have a radio in place all summer in
> one of the lodges for use...
camps. But try as we could, it was impopssible to keep manned,
and so the typical scout would always see a padlocked door. And
since he had to hike across camp to see if someone was there, it
didn't take long for most scouts not to bother.
So we came up with the two ideas:
1) If there is such a site, then have a remote control link to a
sign in the center of camp that lights up "ON AIR" when the
shack is open, so that scouts can decide to take the hike...
2) Put a permanent sign in the mess hall (or other central
place) that announces "Ham radio demo this week in campsite
_____________." This lets different troops and different dads
at different times bring their own equipment and be available
for mentoring where they are comfortable for a far greater
amount of time, since they are required to be at the campsite
with their troop much more often...
Something like that. My web page (not updated in years ):
- I will probably be operating at camp NoBeBoSco this week no schedule as of yet. will be using 20m (not with my call) as time allows.
probably in mid afternoon and the evening.
- I will be at Camp Tres Ritos in the NM mountainsthe week of the 13th through the 19th and will beteaching radio merit badge. I am taking an FT-817and an Alinco DX-70 plus a VX180 for the trip betweenvehicles. APRS on the way up and back. The link tothe APRS is on our club's website, www.pacarc.org73 and hope to see you on the airJeff MontgomeryWB4WXDTroop 424Palestine, Texas
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Has anyone else brought an HF rig to camp? How did it work out?
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Below is a link to something I wrote for a Scouting newsletter that might
answer your question. Starts on page 3. Still doing this. Main change now
(after two years) is I no longer take an IC-746 out in the field (too
delicate). My TS-480SAT or other radios that can survive in a typical mobile
situation do just fine. By that, I mean that if a radio can last inside an
automobile (with windows rolled down and dust blowing all over), it can
probably stand up to being used outdoors many times a year. Allow the
expensive radios designed for an air-conditioned room to sit at home.
73 de NX8J
- --- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, "JonEMac" <w2mc@...> wrote:
> I'm off with our troop next week for Summer Camp.
> I'm debating taking either an Icom 706 or a Yaesu 817, for demo and
> (perhaps) if anyone wants to work on Radio Merit Badge.
> Has anyone else brought an HF rig to camp? How did it work out?
> ASM, Troop 48 Medford Lakes NJ
I'm back from summer camp (and TIRED), but for those who were
curious....camp went well, and much differently than I had expected.
Radio Merit Badge is, at this camp, dependent upon the schedule of the
amateur who run the classes, which makes it unknown until arrival if
the MB course will be offered. This week it was, and I attended the
first session on Monday night. I identified myself as a ham, and also
as a counselor for Radio MB. Additional sessions were planned for
Wednesday and Thursday.
Tuesday, I set-up the IC-706 and a tuner feeding a low 80 M dipole
(only up about 20 feet), powered by a 20 AH gell cell, and did a
little bit of operating that evening, as well as plugging the Radio
merit badge for my own troop. I figured that it would be good for the
Wednesday session; we'd be able to run contacts back and forth, and
not have to hope for propagation.
During breakfast on Wednesday, our Troop gets a message...the
instructor's car broke down, and he suggested the camp find me, as his
car wouldn't be fixed until late that day. So for about half of
Wednesday, I taught Radio to a mixed class of Boy Scouts from my own
and several other troops. The classes went well, I was able to make
sufficient contacts to complete everyone's requirements, as well as
discuss the other requirements with those that had missed the first
Thursday, we sorted all of the merit badge information (we had 13
total), and after the last session chased some DX on the camp station.
The Spratley Islands were coming in, but we weren't able to break the
Friday evening, I took the in-camp station down, in preparation for
check-out Saturday morning.
As IU mentioned earlier - a little different.