Using the BSA Amateur Radio Strip to Encourage Licensing
Here are some ways to use the new BSA Amateur Radio Strip to promote licensing in your area:
1. Schedule a Tech license prep course and send something like this to your District's e-mail list:
Mercer Area District,
BSA recently announced an Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip that can be worn by Scouts and Scouters who possess an FCC Amateur Radio License. The purpose of the rating strip is to identify those Scouts and Scouters who have the expertise and availability to serve communication needs within Scouting and their community. See the following link for more details.
To assist Scouts and Scouters in getting their FCC Amateur Radio License, long time Scouter and Amateur Radio Instructor Don Wright, AA2F, will be starting a Technician Class licensing course on Thursday evenings at 7:30 at his home in Pennington, beginning on the 21st of February. Boy Scouts who pass the FCC test for the license will also be able to earn Radio Merit Badge with a one hour follow-up meeting.
All are welcome. Contact Don directly for more info at , xxxx xxxxx .
YIS & 73
Gary Wilson, K2GW
ADC, MAD, CNJ Council, BSA
2. Be prepared for folks who can't get to the course with a local document like this:
How to Get an Amateur Radio License
Getting an Amateur Radio License is easy. Five year olds have done it and virtually anyone can do it in about two weeks of self-study.
All you need to do get the first level license, called "Technician Class" is get a 75% score on a 35 question multiple choice test. The exams are given in Pennington every other month and there's no fee for the ten year license, but a fee of about $15 is charged to take the exam.
The questions will be from a published pool of 350 questions about very basic radio theory, rules and regulations. The current question pool is in effect for exams given from 2010 to 2014.
The best way to prepare is to buy a simple study guide that has the questions and explains why the answer is correct. I prefer Gordon West's Technician Class Study guide available from Amazon and other retailers:
The American Radio Relay League also publishes one:
Get the book and read through it once. Now go to http://www.qrz.com/hamtest/ and take the online technician practice test. If you get less than 80%, note the sections of questions you're having the most difficulty with and reread that section in your book. Repeat until you score 85% three times.
You're now ready to take the real test and getting a passing score of 75% is almost certain.
Optionally, the local Delaware Valley Radio Association periodically offers classroom training. See http://www.w2zq.com/?page_id=12 to contact Don Wright about the classes or about the next local scheduled exam, which will probably be in mid-March in Pennington.
Alternatively, you can look for other exam sessions here:
Let me know if you have any questions.
73 (Best wishes)
Gary Wilson, K2GW