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  • Phil
    At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone
    Message 1 of 11 , Jun 8, 2012
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      At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone else done this before? Any tips?

      I'll let everyone know how it works out.

      Phil
      K7APS
    • Stephen M. Shearer
      In 2012 I did JOTA and the merit badge at the same time. The merit badge - takes about 3-4 hours. http://mysite.verizon.net/vzer3c3e/id15.html and
      Message 2 of 11 , Jun 8, 2012
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        In 2012 I did JOTA and the merit badge at the same time.

        The merit badge – takes about 3-4 hours. http://mysite.verizon.net/vzer3c3e/id15.html and http://www.hamradioinstructor.com/powerpoint.html

        I didn’t get to operate – so, be sure to have enough op’s for JOTA.

        A second location for one/other would have helped as talking on radio/MB QRM’ed each other as we were close.

        In 2013 I am going to just JOTA.  The MB did double my scout participation.

        In 2013 I will lose one of my op’s to a vacation trip {what was he thinking?}…

        73, Steve

        From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Phil
        Sent: 08 June, 2012 4:51 PM
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        At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone else done this before? Any tips?

        I'll let everyone know how it works out.

        Phil
        K7APS


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      • Malcolm - G4CXT
        Wow - this guy must be good as he can transport to the future. Now that s worth a MB all on its own :-) 73 Malcolm - G4CXT
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          Wow - this guy must be good as he can transport to the future.

          Now that's worth a MB all on its own  :-)

          73
          
          Malcolm - G4CXT
          

          On 08/06/2012 22:28, Stephen M. Shearer wrote:
          In 2012 I did JOTA and the merit badge at the same time.
        • Stephen M. Shearer
          OK, it s been a long day. it should be 2011 and 2012. {us you MUST have figured} From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On
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            OK, it’s been a long day…  it should be 2011 and 2012…  {us you MUST have figured}

             

            From: ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Malcolm - G4CXT
            Sent: 08 June, 2012 5:53 PM
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            Wow - this guy must be good as he can transport to the future.

            Now that's worth a MB all on its own  :-)

            73
              
            Malcolm - G4CXT


            On 08/06/2012 22:28, Stephen M. Shearer wrote:

            In 2012 I did JOTA and the merit badge at the same time.


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          • Steve
            Phil, The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society has run classes at JOTA several times. Following are some points: * Preregister those taking the class * Use one
            Message 5 of 11 , Jun 8, 2012
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              Phil,

              The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society has run classes at JOTA several times. Following are some points:
              • Preregister those taking the class
              • Use one council approved merit badge instructor and one assistant for each group of 15 students
              • have appropriate classrooms in a separate area fro the radio operations
              • Use prepared presentations and make sure to have a computer and video projector for each class. (keep an extra projector in case Murphy visits)
              • Remind the boys to bring blue cards with their names and information already written in
              • Show excitement about the material and enjoy the experiance

              73,
              Steve
              WB2OGY


              On 06/08/2012 04:50 PM, Phil wrote:
               

              At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone else done this before? Any tips?

              I'll let everyone know how it works out.

              Phil
              K7APS

            • Phil Sohn
              Did you do the FCC test afterwards? I ve done about 100 radio merit badges and helped about 20 earn their ticket, but I ve never done the merit badge and FCC
              Message 6 of 11 , Jun 8, 2012
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                Did you do the FCC test afterwards? I've done about 100 radio merit badges and helped about 20 earn their ticket, but I've never done the merit badge and FCC test together. My question is if you have done both together what did you learn from the experience. 

                Phil
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              • Walter Underwood
                The most recent time I taught the merit badge, I got rid of my slides. I used the projector to show the ARRL video with Walter Cronkite, then turned it off. I
                Message 7 of 11 , Jun 8, 2012
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                  The most recent time I taught the merit badge, I got rid of my slides. I used the projector to show the ARRL video with Walter Cronkite, then turned it off.

                  I used the board for propagation, block diagrams, and modulation. I had handouts for phonetic alphabet and had them spell their names to each other. I handed out QSO scripts and had them dry run QSOs in pairs. Another ham brought his spare parts drawers for identifying components. We spent most of the afternoon on the air. It helps that there is a youth net at 2pm on a local repeater. Everybody checked in. We did a lot of work with sets of HTs and a go-box with a mobile rig. We also had an HF station. One of the instructors has a battery-powered 3W PSK-31 setup -- that worked Tennessee and Ukraine.

                  wunder
                  K6WRU

                  On Jun 8, 2012, at 4:12 PM, Steve wrote:

                   

                  Phil,

                  The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society has run classes at JOTA several times. Following are some points:

                  • Preregister those taking the class
                  • Use one council approved merit badge instructor and one assistant for each group of 15 students
                  • have appropriate classrooms in a separate area fro the radio operations
                  • Use prepared presentations and make sure to have a computer and video projector for each class. (keep an extra projector in case Murphy visits)
                  • Remind the boys to bring blue cards with their names and information already written in
                  • Show excitement about the material and enjoy the experiance

                  73,
                  Steve
                  WB2OGY


                  On 06/08/2012 04:50 PM, Phil wrote:
                   

                  At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone else done this before? Any tips?

                  I'll let everyone know how it works out.

                  Phil
                  K7APS



                  --
                  Walter Underwood



                • Horace Hamby
                  Reporting for philsohn K7APS There were some 60 scouts, boys, girls and cubs at the 2012 JOTA Mountain Meadows Duvall, WA event. 30 plus got a Merit Badge and
                  Message 8 of 11 , Oct 27, 2012
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                    Reporting for philsohn K7APS

                    There were some 60 scouts, boys, girls and cubs at the 2012 JOTA Mountain Meadows Duvall, WA event.  30 plus got a Merit Badge and 14 HAM Technician's licenses were awarded with 17 taking the test.  It was a great experience.  The event illustrated that practical learning stations demonstrating Amateur License technical principles can help youth learn.  Thanks to the LWHC members that were there making it work; 11+ LWHC members present out of 16 HAMS.  HAMs on site were covered up with students and talked continuously for the 8 hours.  The camp net was on the air most of the time with scouts making contact with each other and timing moves to different Learning Stations.  Federal Way , Microsoft Hams and LWHC supplied HAMS and VEs for the exam. 

                     

                    The nine learning stations covered the subject areas with flip charts for needed knowledge for the Merit Badge and Technician Amateur Test.  Learning Stations: VHF/UHF Repeaters, HF, Safety and Call signs, QRP and CW, Digital and OHMs Law, Antennas, Electronics, Electrical Principles, Propagation, Radio Service and Net Control.  Several Scout Hams were working in the Learning Stations.  Complimentary Activities, demonstrations and Amateur test questions were used to reinforce learning station mission.  Federal Way HAM club was there with there portable DStar repeater¬óNeat.  Following the Scouts completion of the Learning Stations they were given the chance to complete the Radio Merit Badge and take the Amateur License Test. 

                     

                    Plans are in the works for LWHC follow-up with those youth that got licenses this year; to get them and keep them on the air.  The goal is to get Amateur Radio to work in their troop. 

                     

                    Then review the training stations material and have training and licensing session before JOTA 2013 in the fall.  Plan an all mode Technician display with a focus operating and contacts for JOTA 2013 using those licenses earned.   It is a goal to have more Scout Hams working in the stations next year.

                     

                    Planners were: Phil Sohn, K7APS; Dave Wickert, AE7TD and Horace Hamby, N7DRW and are available to explain details of this JOTA to others.

                     

                    --- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, "Phil" <philsohn@...> wrote:
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                    > At JOTA this year, we are going to try a combined radio merit badge/technician licensing presentation at the same time over the course of a day. Has anyone else done this before? Any tips?
                    >
                    > I'll let everyone know how it works out.
                    >
                    > Phil
                    > K7APS
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