Re: [Scout Mlist] Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
- On Tue, 4 May 1999, Jon Pearl W4ABC forwarded what Jack & John Wright
<jwright@...> had said:
>Again, my $.02 is to use channel 1 NO-tone as a calling channel. Radio
> Now, I see that FRS coordinating info should be at the top of the
> sheet! Like you said, Bob, Channel #1, tone #1 for a Troop-to-Troop
> camp net, or emergencies.
shack has sold their channel 1 NO-tone radios as low as $29. With 14
channels and 36 tones, thats over 500 ways *not* to communicate.
I agree that you can consider special tones for special applications for
the camp leaders and infrastructure, but as a default for general family
outings, its nice to always start on the calling channel to see if their
are any other "scouts" out playing where you are playing.
In other words, my original intent was not just for "camp" use. But to
encourage scouts and their families to use the calling channel whenever
they were out doing something and they may find other "scouts" out doing
similar things in the same area and want to meet up. Being a HAM, I sit
on channel 1 no-tone simply because I like playing radio with anyone, and
it helps meet new people...
Just some thoughts. de WB4APR, Bob
- One more idea to throw into the SCOUTS on FRS idea is to begin the
encouragement to use "callsigns".
I suggest "SCOUT xxx"
When I talk on an FRS radio, I dont feel comfortable without using a
callsign and talking just like we do on Ham radio or on military radios.
You need callsigns to "establish" commnuications. When I'm with my boys,
I am "SCOUT LEADER", then the boys are SCOUT 1, SCOUT2 and so on.
We could even use "858 CUB 1" for my pack (858) and kid #1.
or for den outings, "DEN1 cub 3"
A mouth full, but heck, the kids would love it...
AND, going back to the calling channel with your family.... Even if you
are at the mall, and use the "SCOUT xxx" callsign, then you will be sure
to find other scouts that way... AND will help encourage others of the
general public to also adopt callsigns and use proper radio technique...
de WB4APR, Bob