Radio Scouting Net

Chris Overbey, KB5UBT, has volunteered to host a monthly Radio Scouting Net on the second Thursday of every month.

His first net will be at 10 PM Central, Thursday, July 14 (which is also 0300 UTC Friday, July 15). Frequency is 7.190 MHz, or in that range pending on interference. Chris is located in the Dallas, Texas, area. Plan to be on the air and support this effort.

Radio Scouting Net

Icom Updating Station Loan Program with IC-7300

7300 Front PanelIcom America, whose sponsorship agreement with the Boy Scouts of America was recently renewed through 2018, is in the process of updating all the local council amateur radio loan systems with their new HF+6 meter transceiver the IC-7300.

You can learn more about the IC-7300 at their website and through Ray Novak's blog entries titled IC-7300 – A Game Changer and IC-7300 – If King Midas was a Ham.

We feel that the IC-7300 and it's touch screen display with real-time spectrum scope and intuitive function/menu selection is the perfect way to get Scouts to connect with amateur radio. After all, it meets them in their world of touchscreen smartphones.

Find out more at Icom Station Loan Program.

K2BSA/5 Philmont Operation Frequencies

philmontarrowheadHere are the expected frequencies and modes for the K2BSA/5 operation at the Philmont Scout Ranch this summer.

Philmont Boy Scout Ranch Summer 2016 Modes and Frequencies June 15 – Sept 1

We will operate as K2BSA/5 at the Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico

Our goal: Operate mostly digital PSK, RTTY, MT63, Winlink modes. Showing ham radio to as many scouts and staffers using Icom products

PSK31 USB Main Mode of Operation: 1.838 (occasional operation), 3.580 (occasional operation), 7.070 and 7.080. 10.140, 14.070, 18.100, 21.070, 21.080, 24.920, 28.120.

VOICE SSB: 80m 3.940 & 3.690 (3.920-3.940 Extra Segment), 40m 7.180-7.200, 40m 7.270-7.290, 20m 14.270-14.290, 20m 14.320-14.340, 17m 18.120-18.150, 15m 21.360-21.400, 12m 24.960-24.980, 10m 28.350-28.400 (Includes Novice & Techs), 6m 50.160-50.200.

EchoLink Node JOTA-365.

FSQ HF Frequencies Region 2 80m 3594 kHz USB (sunset to sunrise) 40m 7104 kHz USB (sunrise to sunset) 30m 10144 kHz USB (local day, DX night)

IRLP Node 9091

DMR Make contact and move to DMR-MARC UA talk groups or to the DCI TAC-310 talk group

D-STAR Reflector REF033A

2 Meter FM Simplex Calling Frequency 146.52

70 CM FM Simplex Calling Frequency 446.000

Local Area Repeaters & Frequencies: TAOS ARC main call and monitoring frequency 147.120 + 67PL 147.140 + 67PL Taos Ski Mega-Link 444.350 + 100 Iron Mountain Eagle Nest Mega-Link 444.975 + 123PL Taos Ski Valley (Enchanted Circle Link) 147.340 + 100PL Angel Fire (Enchanted Circle Link) 145.390 – 100PL Red River (Enchanted Circle Link) 146.500 & 146.52 Simplex 147.2800 + 100PL Raton Mega-Link 446.7750 – D-STAR KD0RDI 147.200 + 67 Wagon Mound Mega-Link

Note: There could be other nodes such as AllStar Link and EchoLink in TAOS

KB5NFT Dale Finley

KC5MAY Dale Hiatt

W8OSR Station History

W8OSR ShackWe've added a new section to the website where we record the history of local camp stations. The first entry came from a conversation at the Dayton Hamvention® about W8OSR and the Owasippe Scout Reservation.

Dennis Mitchell, WA9IVU, provided a superb story of the development of the W8OSR station in Michigan to support summer camp activities including the Radio Merit Badge. We encourage you to read it and consider providing your own story.

These stories should also serve as a resource in discussions with other councils about what's possible and what's already been done to support Radio Scouting and STEM initiatives.