K2BSA/5 will be on the air this Saturday, April 12, from the National Scouting Museum for a Radio Merit Badge Workshop. They will be on from 1500 to 2130 UTC. Key times for Scout contacts will be 1800 to 1915 UTC, 2015 to 2130 UTC on 20 meter SSB near the Radio Scouting Frequency of 14.290 MHz.
Kelsey Seymour, K3LSY, has recently completed his Eagle Scout Project — creating go kits for a seven county region in North Central Pennsylvania and conducting the training sessions on the kits. The local news website published a video overview at this link 15-year-old Trains Emcomm Crews! You can also see the video below.
Rick at the Sign Man has established a page for ordering the Radio Scouting Name Badge. This badge is meant for wear on the Scout uniform by licensed amateur radio operators. It gives you a chance to show off the Radio Scouting Emblem and your call sign. It is a great conversation starter.
We are also working with Ham Threads on embroidered Radio Scouting items. Stand by for news on that front.
The number of Radio Merit Badges earned represents a new record. The previous record was 7,190 in 2009.
Great work by all the Radio Merit Badge Counselors and their efforts at introducing the fun, technology, and magic of amateur radio to Scouts! Thank you.
You can see the selected design nearby. BSA Supply Division will now be finalizing the embroidered design and issuing the final version of the graphics. Once that is done, we’ll post the image files for your use and the ordering information for the patches.
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to registered the vote and their comments.
The National Radio Scouting Committee has made arrangements with The Sign Man, Rick, NV5A, to provide custom merchandise with the Radio Scouting emblem. Please email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and what you’d like to have custom-made for your troop, event, whatever. After he’s gained some insight into the common requests, he’ll build a special page showing examples. For now, just email him with your requests. We hope this helps with some of the requests we’ve received over the past year for Radio Scouting custom items.
You can read more about the Radio Scouting emblem and download jpg, png, and gif images here.
Keith Kaiser, WA0TJT, at the Heart of America Council, North Star District, staged a text messaging versus Morse Code competition at a recent event. Check out this video, which begins with the famous Jay Leno test, to find out who won this time.