- Good to have the info on National Jamboree. Thanks.
We'll be working you from here in Maine as WJ0TA /1
Some news from here in Maine:
This past fall I was asked to teach at an annual
"merit badge college" ... basically a night per week
for four weeks... and there are several different
merit badge offerings.
As an experiment, I offered Radio Merit Badge with the
understanding that we'd also be going for Technician
Class licenses, and that Dad's or Mom's were highly
encouraged to go for it with their son's.
We got 7 boys and 6 Dads!... We carried over a
few extra nights+an all day affair for JOTA weekend.
So far, the course netted 4 new hams (2 dads+2 scouts).
and most all the scouts got their merit badge. The others
are hams just about ready to be born.
Its a great thing to do for Scouts and Dads... for all
kinds of reasons. Its something they can enjoy
together, and it helps financially to have the Dad
into it also.
KB1YFO - Del Cass
KB1YFP - Dana Baer
KB1YFQ - Andrew Baer
KB1YFR - Alex French
Antennas, power supplies etc are being donated
to get them on the air, and we also had a special
VE session for the course attendees.
A club callsign has been issued: WJ0TA ...
For all these scouts, dads, VE's, and donors.
((No web page yet))
... another course is scheduled for this Spring.
We also show up at Camp Hinds (Raymond ME)
one night per week to do some HF and introduction
to the hobby with the boys who are there for one
week stints all summer long. (ARRL Section Mgr
N1KAT and I do this.)
Without a Novice class, my findings are that
motivated 12+ year olds can handle the Technician
Class license... and online tests (like those at QRZ.com)
are the best thing to help them out.... besides an
Basically the experiment to see if the course
format as described would work... It did... I consider
it a big success... recommended for other communities.
Building relationships with the Scouts and their Dads,
the educational benefits, all the benefits of emergency
preparedness, and community service make Scouting
and Amatuer Radio go together extremely well.
We gotta do more with this!
73 N1RY - Ray Sirois