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Re: [scoutradio] What has Scouts done for Amateur Radio?

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  • Bill Stewart
    Darryl, It s a great story. The only thing I would do is leave out the references to lite Extra. Just say Extra and leave it at that. Let s not get the
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 5 4:09 PM
      Darryl, It's a great story. The only thing I would do is leave out the references to lite Extra. Just say Extra and leave it at that. Let's not get the licensing arguement started. That's an FCC thing anyway. If they don't need something for licensing then that's their baby.
      Bill, W2BSA   
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 15:02
      Subject: [scoutradio] What has Scouts done for Amateur Radio?

      We hear a lot about how hams help out the scouts, but where is the
      pay back? I know there is a pay back in knowing you have help the
      youth. I would agree that is more than enough! 

      Bear with me while I tell story about a scout.  This
      scout has a passion to 2 things before he was 6.  Electronics
      and Scouts.  He wasn't very good at electronics and had a
      problem building anything that would work.  One summer he was
      sitting around being bored and his mother who was always looking
      for things for him to do, gave him a Boy's Life that had an
      article about short-wave listening and Amateur radio.  He found that
      CW was a little too much for him, he also didn't know how to find
      an elmer in the area or for that matter even what an elmer was.
      So the interest in SW and ham radio faded and was replaced by
      making Eagle, cars and girls. 

      The next time he has a brush with ham radio was in the Navy station
      on Okinawa.  He heard something about a MARS station and an amateur
      radio club that meet there.  He went to a few meeting and to Field
      Day with them, but interest died off when he couldn't get his ticket
      in Okinawa.  That was 1975.

      The next brush with amateur wasn't again until 1999.  A talk show
      had Wayne Green on talking about Y2K and amateur radio.  Being a
      software architect at the time, he could make a case either way
      for Y2K problems.  Being a good scout he wanted to be prepared
      and amateur radio seemed like a good move, plus it would be fun.
      He joined the Nashua Radio Club quickly got his Tech ticket, then
      his tech plus.  Y2K came and went without so much as a pop.  He
      got his lite Extra ticket and became the VP of the club.  Pretty
      much a boyhood dream come true. 

      He began DXing and chasing QSLs.  eQSL.cc started up a web site
      to do eQSLing.  He knew in a heart beat this was really cool, but
      soon found that it had policies that was in conflict with his
      morals.  He tried to get the management to change it policies
      without any success.  This left him with only one thing to
      do.  Create a solution would be outside of their patents and would
      be open source so anyone could use it, plus being technically better. 
      He had to work quick because eqsl.cc was currently the only game
      in town.  ARRL was making a little noise about their Logbook of The
      World (LoTW), but what little info was public on it seem to have the
      same technical flaws that eqsl.cc had. 

      He had just about finish what might be considered an alpha release
      of the library, when a most unexpected thing happen.  The ARRL
      contacted him and wanted to use his library for the LoTW project.
      He talked to the ARRL about their design and offer changes that
      greatly impacted the way the system would work that wasn't being
      consider until he joined the project. 

      As you may have guess I am that scout.  I am not trying to toot
      my own horn.  The point I am trying to make is that without
      Scouts and my mother, I would have never been a ham.
      Without the values I learn from my parent and Scouts I wouldn't
      have taken the time to even start this project.  There was
      also a lot of dumb luck and being in the right place at the right
      time as well.

      The bottom line is you don't know what impact from of your actions
      with a scout is going to have.  With me it was just a simple act
      of being giving a Boy's Life and point out a ham radio article
      that changed my world, which in turn will soon change the world of

      Please tell me what you think of my story.
      Darryl Wagoner - WA1GON

      "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing."  - Edmund Burke [1729-1797]

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