> From: w4nhl@...
> I would like to welcome everyone who has joined the Scout-Radio mail
list. There has not been much activity from most of the members of the list,
so I would like to invite each of you to send a msg outlining (briefly) your
interest in this list. Please add any comments on how you are promoting
Scouting and Ham Radio (or FSR radio) where you live. Thanks and again
> YIS & 73,
> Neil, W4NHL
> West Central Florida Area Council
When last I looked Neil, we were at 30 subscribers. There always seems to
be a rise in list numbers following one of my QST's on either the
rec.scouting.usa NG or SCOUTS-L@...
. "Onelist" makes it easy
to sign on, and find other similar list's too. I am sure many people have
fallen upon us by using keywords such as 'scout' or 'radio' when in fact
they weren't looking for us to begin with. All together not too bad
considering we are a niche' market within another niche' market.
For those of you that are already holding license classes, I am envious.
Some months ago, my partner and I - Dan Johnson (W4BNC) made an offer when a
bunch of us put on a demonstration at our yearly "Scouts Spectacular." We
offered the first ten boys to pass the Technician class license a brand new
Alinco 2m radio. We put the cart before the horse I suspect because they
are winging it on their own (with materials supplied by Kenwood) and finding
it hard at best to break into the hobby in this unconventional (now-a-days)
Dan and I have decided that we truly need to have our system up and running
when we decide to tackle the teaching end of things, and to round up the
resources of the local clubs for that purpose. It seems that there is more
'testing' than teaching anymore. With the simple fact that there are small
numbers taking exams anymore, it might bode well for us in this area
(geographic), to become more pro-active in this arena. I personally am not
an engineer, but then again, I have seen those who weren't, do a perfectly
good job at it, so maybe I should quit being so anal-retentive about it, and
just help to develop a game plan.
I am so glad to see that there is an interest amongst Scouters in Amateur
Radio (you can't all be Hams right?). It truly is the 'super hobby' and has
the ability to teach youngsters so much more than just what you see on the
face of it - 'radio.'
Given the fact that local communities are actually coming to grips with the
reality that they 'do' in fact need a helping hand from time to time,
Amateur Radio can fill the bill. Communications in business is no different
than communications on any other level. Without it, you operate in a vacuum
and nothing happens in vacuum. Communications needed to run local
government can be wiped out in a single stroke with the power of a
Many times we hear it said, "Don't do anything that a boy can do for
himself." With proper instruction, a boy can easily run emergency nets
given some adult oversight at the inception. Talk about teaching
'leadership skills' - 'emergency preparedness' and a sense of local and
nationalistic pride to boot!
Well off of the soap box - it's time to get a bite to eat.
Jon Pearl W4ABC
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