Summer Camp Nets?
- Hello Again.
Well my first question about summer camp operations got a few responces lets
try another discussion.
Is there a scout net on any HF frequency already? If not lets make one
during the summer camp season. What do you think?
OK my Summer camp operations currently planned, as a few of you have emailed
me inquiring, will include:
Equipment: 2 HF stations (IC-706MK), tuner, G5RV (counter pointed),
Operations: When: June 31 - July 6, Hours: 6:30am-10:00pm ET if
Where: Camp Liberty, Heritage Reservation, Greater
70 miles SSE of Pittsburgh, PA
Who: KB3DHC Alan, ASM TR377
KB3BZX Rob, ASM TR329
W3EXW Possible callsign used during
operations, furnished by NHARC
Approval: Has been enthusiastically approved by the camp director as an
enhancement to the camp's
merit badge program. How? For the past 2 years I was able to have the
Weather MB scouts ask the Meteorologists
at NWS PIT questions via WX3PIT and my HT, and I invite the camp director to
Lets get Talking!
ASM TR 377, GPC
- Here's an "illegal" one for the shack-lawyers:
My 13 yr old licensed daughter is going on a backpacking trip and will be
carrying an FRS (for comms amongst the scouts). She does not want to lug
along a HAM radio too. (Every ounce hurts after a 3 day weekend of
carrying everything)... I'd like to keep in touch, but I am 40 miles
What if we put an FRS in a box with her 2m rig and left it in the car in
the parking lot (on a central hill) and put them both on VOX and PL.
The scouts would operate on FRS channel X with no PL. Only my daughter
knows the PL of the FRS in the box. Now, I can transmit from home on VHF
with the correct PL for the VHF radio to hear me and the FRS will key up
and she will hear me just like anyone else in her group. But no one will
key up the return link but her, because she only selects the correct PL
when she wants to talk to me.
Legal? No for lots of nit-picking reasons... and we will let all the
lawyers list them... But then conversly, everything is done more or less
within the spirit of the rules:
1) FRS is operated entirely within the spirit of FRS. No mods to the
radio, no mods to antennas, power, or controls. No non-type approved
interfaces to any FRS radio. No attempts to extend the RF range of FRS in
any way. My daughter and I are using it for family communications over
2) Similarly, We are both licenesed HAMS. We are communicating on 2m via
HAM radio. I am the control operator of my station, and my daughter is
the control operator of her's (left in the car.)
3) You could go one step further if you wanted, and say that she is
operating her 2m rig in the car as an auxilliary station under remote
control on a frequency above 225 MHz... ;-)
4) She has taken extra ordinary steps to prevent unlicensed access to her
station. That is she has a control scheme that reduces the chances of
someone controlling her station to less than 0.0018... pretty darn small
way out in the woods..
Don't worry, I'm not going to do this... but it was an interesting
idea... If you ever do expect to provide emergency communications,
sometimes it is worthwhile to think out side of the box in advance so that
if you need to rig up something under stress, you have already thought it
Having lobbed that one over the fence...
Ducking for cover...
- A year or so ago I wrote about getting the Boy Scouts organization to
endorse FRS radio communications and incorporate simple radio skills
training into their programs. In otherwords, the understanding of how to
call on a radio by giving the "call" of the station you are calling
followed by your "call".
And encouraging scouts to use their Troop number and initials as a call,
to help distinguish people in large gatherings.
Does anyone know if anyone has codified the integration of FRS into
scouting in any document or web page so that I can refer to it with my
de WB4APR@..., Bob