RSGB Amateur Radio Video

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has published a video providing a nice overview of amateur radio. It does a good job of covering the wide array of activities within the hobby and does so from a personal perspective.

It calls to mind a recent discussion on the USA Radio Scouting Net (second Thursday of every month at 9 PM Central, Echolink *JOTA-365*). The question was — how do you counter a Scout comment that they can do all this with their smart phone or with Minecraft, etc. The response was that we don't have to sell amateur radio. We can share it. It's one more activity among so many available to today's youth.

Of course, we find it fascinating and are delighted to share it. But we don't have to sell it.

It's all about planting seeds. Some will grow. Some will not. Some will grow later in life or when the Scout has grown up and is reviewing your application to put up a tower...

Here's the RSGB video.


2017 JOTA Patch Design

The 2017 Jamboree on the Air patch design for the USA has been approved by the BSA National Radio Scouting Committee. It is now headed to BSA National Supply for production. We'll post ordering information as soon as it's available.

Radio Merit Badge Numbers for 2016

Boy Scouts of America, via the Bryan on Scouting blog, have released the rankings and numbers for all the merit badges earned during 2016. You can find the full blog post at 2016 Merit Badge Rankings Unveiled.

Radio Merit Badge came in at 74 with 6,442 earned during 2016. This is down a bit from 2015 where it was ranked 73 and 6,709. For lifetime ranking Radio Merit Badge comes in at 88th on the list with 185,633.

It will be interesting to see the impact the new requirements have in 2017. Plus, the K2BSA Jamboree operation will add roughly 300 to the numbers. Most Jamboree years result in a higher number of badges earned.

We've updated our chart at Radio Merit Badge History.

March 2017 Jamboree on the Air and Radio Scouting Newsletter

The March 2017 Jamboree on the Air and Radio Scouting Newsletter has been published. You can find it at this link

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