Rainbow Council Committee on Amateur Radio
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Rainbow Council Committee on Amateur Radio



The Rainbow Council Boy Scouts will develop a STEM program using amateur radio as a catalyst. The program will include advancement for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Technician Class license programs, ...

The Rainbow Council Boy Scouts will develop a STEM program using amateur radio as a catalyst. The program will include advancement for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Technician Class license programs, and a permanent radio station at the Scout Reservation in Morris.



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  • Amateur radio is a multi-faceted hobby that attracts people with wide-ranging interests. Many amateurs begin with an interest in radio communications and then combine other personal interests to make pursuit of the hobby rewarding.The hobby dates to the earliest days of radio. Today, in addition to Morse Code, amateur radio operators use voice, digital, and other techniques to communicate to other people all over the world.And even to the International Space Station.The hobby is accessible to nearly every one. Children as young as 10 have passed the entry level exam.

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  • 1Rainbow CouncilCommittee onAmateur Radio
  • What is Amateur Radio?• Geocaching, Electronics, EmCom,RC Models, Television, Etc.Multi-FacetedHobby• Operators as Young as 10Accessible toEveryone• Computers, Satellites, ISSRelevant inthe Digital Age2
  • Amateur Radio in Scouting• Merit Badges– Signaling Merit Badge (1911) – Original Badge– Electrician (Electricity) Merit Badge (1911) – Original Badge– Wireless (Radio) Merit Badge (1919)– Electronics Merit Badge (1963)• National Committee on Amateur Radio– K2BSA Amateur Radio Association (1952)– Jamboree on the Air (1953)• BSA Partnership with America Radio Relay League3
  • Ultimate S.T.E.M. ProgramScience• Amateur Radio uses physical science every dayTechnology• Amateur Radio exists as an “experimenter’s hobby”Engineering• Amateur Radio is applied engineeringMathematics• Amateur Radio strengthens math skills4
  • Earn License, Earn Merit Badge5Technician ClassLicenseesExceed AllRequirements for theRadio Merit Badge
  • Meets Merit Badge RequirementsElectricity Electronics Engineering6
  • Advancement to Eagle ScoutParticipation inAmateur Radio Field DayFulfills Requirement #7Emergency PreparednessMerit Badge7
  • Building theProgram8
  • Building the ProgramPromote Amateur Radio to ScoutsRecruit Merit Badge CounselorsFour/Six Week License ClassesAmateur Radio Station atRainbow Council Reservation9
  • Promote AmateurRadio to Scouts10
  • K2BSA / 9Scout AirFest | Romeoville, Illinois | August 18-20, 201411
  • Recruit MeritBadge Counselors12
  • Merit Badge CounselorsKey Player forAdvancementJoins Fun withLearningEasy toVolunteer13
  • Four/Six WeekLicense Class14
  • Technician Class LicenseOverviewEntry-Level License35 Question ExamValid for 10 YearsAdministered Without ChargeFull Privileges Above 30 MHz• Limited Below 30 MHz15
  • Annual Program CyclePromoteLicensingClassTechnicianClass CourseJamboreeon the Air(JOTA)16
  • Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)Third Full Weekend in October17
  • Amateur Radio atRainbow Council18
  • Why Build a Radio Station?ShowcaseProgramBoy ScoutsVenture ScoutsVarsity ScoutsBuilt for ScoutsPlace toOperateImprove Skills19
  • Building the StationPHASEI• HF• 160m-6m• SSB/CW PHASEII• VHF/UHF• 2M/440• FM/APRSPHASEIII• HF Beacon• Homebrew• MeritBadgeProject20
  • Available Radio Callsigns• Rainbow Council RadioW9RCR• Rainbow Scout ReservationK9RSR• Boy Scout ReservationN9BSR21
  • Next StepsRecruitHamsNowJOTAOctober2013FirstTechnicianCourseJune2014K2BSASpecialEventAugust2014K9RSRSpring201522