Archive for Radio Merit Badge

February 2018 JOTA Newsletter Available

We've just posted the February 2018 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter. You can find it at this link — February 2018 JOTA Newsletter. Or click on the nearby image. You can also find the past issues there.

Revised Radio Merit Badge Pamphlet is Available

The revised Radio Merit Badge pamphlet that matches the requirements that became effective on January 1, 2017 is now available.

It is order number 642986 and shows a 2017 copyright and printing. Make sure you pick up the correct version.

Here's the link to the Supply webpage — Radio Merit Badge pamphlet.

2017 Jamboree Report

Here's the after action report from our operation at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. See the summary table below or click on the report cover to see the full report or this link K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Report.

K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Summary Numbers

DescriptionNumber
Amateur Radio Demonstrations - Number of Scouts2,457
Amateur Radio Two-Way Contacts Logged (HF, VHF, UHF, Satellites)1,399
Radio Merit Badges Earned305
ARDF - Foxhunting - Number of Scouts200

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.

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