Re: HF at Summer Camp?
- --- 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.