WS5BSA

Welcome to the BSA Troop 20 Amateur Radio Club site.  Our call sign is WS5BSAWe were organized in November 2016 with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through the hobby of Amateur Radio.  Our club is open to registered Scouts and Scouters.  We are in the Sooner District of the Last Frontier Council in Oklahoma.  We are a General Class Station set up to operate on HF, VHF, and UHF using CW, AM, SSB, and FM.  We also operate via EchoLink and IRLP through the W5DEL REPEATERS on VHF and UHF.  We transmit with 100W of power on HF from our base station and operate QRP in the field on HF, VHF, and UHF.

Our base station consists of: 

Yaesu FT-840 HF AM/FM/CW/SSB Transceiver (100W PEP)

LDG Z-100 Auto Tuner

MFJ OCF Dipole at 25'

MFJ-872 SWR Wattmeter   

Sainsonic VV-898 VHF/UHF Radio Set (25W)

VHF/UHF Copper J-Pole Antenna at 29'

Our field radio set consists of:

Yaesu FT-817 HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver (5W PEP)

MFJ-9213 QRP SWR Wattmeter

MiniPA-50 HF Amplifier (45W PEP)

LDG-Z-11 Autotuner

Windcamp Gipsy Dipole Antenna

MFJ 1899-T Telescopic Antenna

CS108G+ HF AM/CW/SSB Transceiver (20W PEP)

Sainsonic VV-898 VHF/UHF Transceiver (25W FM)

Baofeng GT-3WP Handheld Transceivers, VHF/UHF (5W FM)

Nelson 2m/70cm Slim Jim Antennas



Our field radios operate on solar rechargeable batteries in order to live by the Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace codes.  We have found that operating QRP restricts us ONLY with regards to DX...we have made many contacts across North America and a fair number into Central America, the Caribbean, and South America while QRP, along with a few extraordinary QSOs to Finland and the Canary Islands.  The 45W amp is a new acquisition for use on field days and summer camp when we set up to help younger Scouts and family members get on the air.  It gives us that extra couple of S-units that get us noticed a little better.

We incorporate the World Scouting frequencies in our coverage plan and support JOTA, SOTA, and NPOTA.  We always look forward to providing Amateur Radio field station services at district and council camping events.  We are especially looking forward to taking our CS108G HF radio to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in 2018 and making contacts every evening as we enjoy the relaxing beauty of the Minnesota north woods.

The Troop 20 Amateur Radio Club strives to foster the appreciation and application of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, along with individual and troop readiness to support the community in time of need, through the practice of amateur radio.

Scouts who obtain an Amateur Radio License are presented with the BSA Amateur Radio Operator rating strip for wear on their uniform.  Scouts who demonstrate competency in Morse code are awarded the BSA Morse Interpreter strip for wear on their uniform.  Scouts who join the ARRL are allowed to wear their ARRL pin on their uniform.

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Future projects include establishing internet connectivity at our troop hut and setting up an EchoLink-L repeater node.  We have constructed several antennas and are collecting materials to construct a 10m and 15m Moxon for our base.  We are also discussing making some light weight versions of these antennas for field use.  After that, some more fund-raising for a rotator system and 30’ of pole.

If you have questions or would like to donate money, time, or equipment to our club, please contact our Club Trustee, Charles McBride (WS5ADV), by email at WS5BSAtrustee@gmail.comWe are currently looking for a 6 meter 20+ watt SSB radio for our base station and an HF Antenna Analyzer.  We’ll gladly accept old radios that are operational or easily repairable.  Additionally, we can always use antenna and mast components, radio equipment, 50 ohm coax, and connectors! 

Lastly, many thanks to the fine folks at MFJ Enterprises, who have given us some very generous discounts on equipment for our system!  They have always been very helpful to us and everything we have purchased from them works exactly as described.  It is quite honest to say that we have a better system because of their discounts to Scouts.