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Author Topic: Boy Scouts and CW  (Read 3007 times)
WX2S
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« on: June 14, 2014, 08:14:49 PM »

Jean Shepherd describes getting hooked on CW as a teenager.

http://www.kn3c.com/Shep/Boy%20Scouts%20Ham%20Radio%20and%20CW.mp3

Some other ham-related Shep items:

http://www.kn3c.com/Shep/Shep.htm

73, -WX2S.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 02:40:00 AM »

  Interesting articles. As noted in many previous Forums here, BSA was the training grounds for learning CW for many of us with many making use of it later on in the military of various electronic related careers. Learning was simple, no costly courses or so called proper methods and code practice was usually two wire connected door bell buzzers between the back porch and barn or blinking flashlights between tents, we all made out just fine. More importantly BSA taught us teamwork and enforced/rounded out the discipline we were taught at home, something sadly lacking in todays society.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 05:09:17 AM »

There are two related strip badges a Boy Scout or adult leader may earn to wear on their uniform. One is the code talker which is the word "CODE" printed in dots and dashes and is awarded when the scouter can demonstrate the ability to send and transmit code at 5 wpm. It is worn above the right shirt pocket. The other is the "Amateur Radio Operator" which is awarded when the scouter receives a technician class or above license, and is worn at position 3 on the right shirt sleeve.
H. B. "Skipper" Delius, W4VTH
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 07:45:11 AM »

Hello.

On a side "note".
In Arabic countries and the African continent, kids are taught how to use a signal drum.
2 notes.
Just like in the US market, cheap walkie talkies are sold with code keys.
But, the ones sold there have 2 keys and not just one.
Look at the design of them, one key, and always offset in front, never in the center.
Open one up and you will see where the case can accept another key and a spot on the board for the second key.
Since this is a part of the normal training, transitioning to a radio is super easy.
You see kids with the 2 tone whistles running around, making noise for hours.
Hyper whistles, that do a pitch too high for older people to hear, are oh so popular.
But, boy scouts teaches kids how to work as a group, to a common goal.
In the USA, this "do my own thing" is a problem, and unless unchecked, kids will follow their peers, into gangs and drugs.
That is why YMCA and BSA is so important, now more than ever!
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