Archive for Radio Scouting

HamRadioNow Discusses Amateur Radio and Scouting

Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, interviews David Goldenberg, W0DHG, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, about amateur radio and Scouting. Check it out.

January 2017 Newsletter Published

The January 2017 JOTA and Radio Scouting Newsletter has been published. The big news in the introduction of new Radio Merit Badge Requirements, including the new option of ARDF-Foxhunting.

You can find the newsletter at

Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016

amateur-radio-roundtableTom Medlin, W5KUB, hosted Bill Stearns, NE4RD, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, on his September 20, 2016 Amateur Radio Roundtable Show. We spoke about the full sweep of amateur radio within Scouting. Tom hosts a great amateur radio television show every Tuesday evening.

You can see the video and download the slide deck at Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016.

K2BSA/KH6 Report

This past weekend, Evan Esaki, WH6ECG, activated the K2BSA call sign for his district camporee in Hawaii. Here's his report.

Sharing a short summary of our K2BSA/KH6 operations this weekend.  Today, the program schedule at this district camporee changed at the last minute for the 200-250 Scouts who were camped at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii.  The schedule changes meant that Scouts did not rotate through the many stations that adults and Scouts had prepared on Saturday morning, October 1.  All of our stations (Radio, fly fishing, first aid, fire starting, and more) were not used, even though we had arrived early and had our stations ready to go when expected.  While waiting for Scouts to visit the station on October 1, I was glad to make many contacts in the MidWest and East Coast through UHF DMR.
img_20161001_121455539In spite of the schedule changes, four Venture Crew members and their two adult Coaches did approach me to stay a bit longer and to run the K2BSA/KH6 radio station.  Each of the four Venture Crew members talked on the air with contacts from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Central New England, and Indiana.  Although I only had four Venture Crew members operating my station during my 6 hours of operation, these four young people (and their two parents/coaches) were all very interested in amateur radio.  The station made a significant impression on this Venture Crew unit, particularly as this group is focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  I reviewed the steps to get licensed in amateur radio, and the group seemed very interested in using the amateur radio study, testing, and licensing process as a future project for their group.
Attached is a photo of one of the members of Venture Crew 986 talking from Camporee at Bellows AFS, Hawaii via UHF DMR to Ian VA3IHX in Toronto, Canada, on October 1, 2016.

What I like about Evan's report is that he turned the lemons of missing out on some 200 Scouts participating in to the lemonade of generating interest in amateur radio for a Venturing Crew. He makes a difference in his council, his district, and his unit, bringing amateur radio to Scouting. Check out his page for photos of many of the Scouts that have a microphone or HT in their hands thanks to Evan, WH6ECG.