Merit Badge Workshops

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MERIT BADGE WORKSHOPS

Radio Merit Badge

On Saturday, June 25th amateur radio operators set up radio stations at public locations all over the United States and other countries.
ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) holds a nation wide emergency drill called Field Day, that includes local community amateur radio clubs.
The clubs operate on emergency power from batteries, generators and some use solar cells.
In approximately one hour the Scouts may be able to complete the following merit badge requirements.
 
The Scouts should be able to complete the following parts of the Radio Merit Badge
Explain what radio is. Then discuss the following:
The difference between broadcast radio and hobby radio.
The differences between broadcasting and two-way communications
Radio call signs and how they are used in broadcast radio and amateur radio
The phonetic alphabet and how it is used to communicate clearly.
 
Explain the safety precautions for working with radio gear, including the concept of grounding for direct current circuits, power outlets, and antenna systems.
 
Visit an amateur radio station
 
Explain how you would make an emergency call on voice or Morse code
Explain the differences between handheld transceivers and home "base" Transceivers.
Explain the use of mobile amateur radio transceivers and amateur repeaters.
List 5 “Q” signals.
 
The Scout Radio Merit Book covers the rest of the information.
 
Since this is an Emergency communication drill your Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge counselor may also
consider completion of step 7a of the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.

Locations can be located at ARRL website  http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator
The time is Saturday starting at 2:00 PM (18:00 UTC) and runs until Sunday with most clubs stop transmitting at before 2:00 PM.
I would recommend the best time to visit a Field Day exhibit is usually Saturday beginning around 1:30 PM until sunset.
At sunset some of the operating bands will fade away while others come alive with activity.
 
Most of the Amateur Radio operators are not Scout leaders and my not be familiar with the Safe Scouting Practices.
Please remind the Scouts to visit the Amateur Radio exhibits with a parent, adult leaders or in a group.
If you have any registered Scout leaders that are Amateur Radio operators please send them this email and maybe they
can arrange a site visit with the scouts.
It is also important that the Scouts take something to write on to record the name of the radios, callsigns of the the radio
operators, antenna types, etc...

If they need more information please contact me or visit the ARRL.org website which has a lot of free information
plus material to learn more amateur radio and licensing information.
Thanks,   
K. Dave Price, K4KDP
Boy Scout Troop 258 Chaplain
Torhunta District Committee Member
Trustee, Tuscarora Radio Club. KT4BSA

North Carolina Section Amateur Radio Relay League Youth Coordinator – Scouting


Mecklenburg County Council Districts often lists Merit Badge Workshop opportunities. Pleases visit Mecklenburg County Council and visit each district's web page for upcoming Merit Badge events and resources.