RE: [scoutradio] Ham Radio for Scouts and Dads (+ others)
This is the second time in the last few weeks that I've heard of a group
here in the U.S. combining the Radio merit badge and an Amateur Radio
Technician class for fathers & sons (and anyone else interested). This
appeals to me for several reasons:
1. The young man earns his Radio merit badge (he's one merit badge closer
2. The father & son can earn their Amateur Radio Technician class license.
3. The father & son spend time doing something worthwhile together.
4. The father & son develop a common interest that enhances communication
between them which probably will help them build a stronger bond or
5. Fathers & sons that do this will probably participate in the annual
"Jamboree On The Air", "On Target", and other Scouting events and may serve
to generate interest in others.
6. These fathers & sons may participate in many Amateur Radio organizations
like Amateur Radio clubs, ARES/RACES, ERRS, MARA, SKYWARN, etc. and help
bolster support in disasters or emergencies, parades, or other community
events as HAM operators.
See the following link for a JOTA success story that contains many of the
things that I have mentioned:
Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you! I would encourage Amateur
Radio organizations (and individual operators) to consider holding a Ham
Radio class for Scouts and Dads (or perhaps for Daddies & Daughters OR Moms
73 de N7TEK - John
P.S. Be sure to scroll down and read the email from N1RY - Ray!
John Blackham, N7TEK
384 N. 75 E., North Salt Lake, UT 84054-2320
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Subject: [scoutradio] Digest Number 134
SCOUTING and AMATEUR RADIO - FUN FOR ALL AGES
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1. Ham Radio for Scouts and Dads
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 08:52:58 -0500
Subject: Ham Radio for Scouts and Dads
After a successful experiment last fall with a
Ham Radio Course for Scouts and Dads, we
have another one planned starting March 6
thru April 9, six consecutive Monday nights.
6:30pm to 8:15pm. Scouts, Dads, and
"anyone else" who wants to take the course
to prepare for their Technician Class exam.
The course will be held at Camp Hinds BSA,
and is co-sponsored by the American Red
Cross who has a number of volunteers to be
trained. Scouts also can earn their Radio
Merit badge in the process. We will be
setting up an HF station on Saturday 3/17
for some hands on at the Camp.
Last fall's course netted 4 new hams:
KB1FYO, FYP, FYQ, and FYR... and another
bunch who have not passed yet... However
the seed is planted, and its just a matter of time.
We'll keep you informed how this spring's class
73 de N1RY - Ray
Scout Club call: WJ0TA
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