APRS and Scouting?
- APRS for Scouts.
Today I visited the open house of Broad Creek
which is a vast resource of hundreds of acres supporting 5 separate
camps for Cubs through Explorers. My kids and I had our FRS radios
on channel 1 and we stumbled into another family with bright yellow
radios around their necks. (They were on channel 10 with PL 10 and
so we would have never found each other). Anyway, several newbee
thoughts came to mind. (When I was a kid, we all got the $9 Knight
Kit supperregen HT kits, and my troop was radioactive!) Maybe FRS
is the door opener into ham radio for today's youth.
1) Does scouting have a plan for FRS radios? Is there a scouting
calling channel? (Never mind, it should be Channel 1, since so
many of the early radios were all single channel and all on #1.)
2) I cant wait to make an APRS map of these hundreds of acres and
all the trials and camps and sites...
*) I am *not* talking about APRS on FRS. THese are separate thoughts.
so no flames please.
3) I know about the yearly Jamboree on the air, but I would like to
find a more local and more frequent interraction with other HAMS
involved in local scouting.
4) Is there an EMAIL SIG for ham scouters? (I know about the scout one)
5) Can we organize a once a month "nite on the air" via local
repeaters or APRS?
6) With APRS, we could use the ALT-NET of "SCOUTS" and that way,
easliy communicate with other scout groups on APRS...
7) Should we have a "Scouting Symbol"? It should be generic, I guess
because there are so many "scout" organizations. My DOS Icon would
probably look close enough like both the girl and boyscout one that
it could pass for both...
8) Heck, with Igates and APRServe, I guess there is no need for this
to be local. In fact, it might assure that at least somewhere
sometime, a den or troop could always find another group to
9) Talking on the 2m radio coming home, I stumbled on a new ham who
coincidentally was a brand new Tech who had also been at the
reservation (in another camp on the other side of the lake) who
was excited to hear me, because he had taken his HT and was never
able to raise ANYONE on ANY freq or repeater all weekend. He also
had been hiking with his GPS, but as a HAM, he had never heard of
So, if any scouters out there wanna fill in this newbee dad on what
HAM radio is doing on a routine basis (other than Jamboree on the air)
with scouting, lemme know. GPS's, orineteering, DFing fox hunts, APRS?
AND FInally, I am giving two Dens a tour of my shack on Tuesday nite
about 7 PM EDT, so if there is anyone else into scouting, who wants to try
an APRS QSO, send a message to W3ADO in Annapolis on the air on
de WB4APR, Bob
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