RADIO CONTACT PROCEDURES FOR HOME
Help the scout complete the
following merit badge requirements:
7.a.2.a. Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham
radio contact using voice.
Use proper call signs, Q signals and abbreviations.
7.a.2.b. Properly log the real or simulated ham radio
contact and signal report.
Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio terms you hear while
- Handouts: Q
Signals RST System Phonetics UTC
Conversion Chart Logging Contacts Radio Contact Procedures
Badge Requirements Checklist The
Plan for Today
Contact Frequency Information
While the contact will
probably be VHF via (VCARA’s KC5OUR 146.700 – 100 tone) repeater or by simplex
(146.540), we will handle it as if it were a HF contact. Thus, the scout will be calling CQ, using Q
signals, giving a RST report and using phonetics. You should reply in a similar manner.
Ask questions and provide on
the air mentoring to help the scout learn the proper procedures. Some possible questions/approaches are
- Ask for phonetics for names, QTH’s, school names,
- What is your QTH? Follow up with what is your home QTH?
- Give a signal report other than 59 then ask the
scout to tell you what that report means.
- After you give some information (like your QTH)
ask QSL. Ask the scout what the
QSL means in that context (Did you receive OK?) and how else QSL can be
used (1. Understood, and 2. As part of the name for an after contact post
card as in “QSL Card”).
- What frequency are you using? Follow up with is that HF, VHF, or
UHF? What band is that
(meters)? If via a repeater, is
the frequency you are transmitting on different than you are listening
on? Follow up with why (so the
repeater will not get confused between what it is listening too and what
it is sending)?
- What are some amateur radio terms you have
learned today. Follow up with what
does each of these terms mean?
- Say you have QRM or QRN and ask them to tell you
what that means.
- Look over The Plan for Today handout and ask the
scout which of the mini classes they have attended. Follow up by asking what they learned
in each of the classes.
- Look over the Merit Badge Requirements Checklist
and ask the scout to tell you how they did (or will explain some specific
requirements. Repeat for four or
- What scout rank are you? Follow up with what are the five most
important things you had to do to earn that rank? Follow up with what are the five most
important things you must do to earn your next rank.
- Tell me about the last scout camping trip you
went on. Follow up what were the
five most important things you had to do to prepare for the trip. Follow up with what were the five most
important things you did to help the troop during the trip. Follow up with how would you prepare
differently next time and what would you do differently on the trip.
- Turn back to the scout with KC5??? (i.e., your
call sign) back to KC5OUR, and on the next exchange explain why you slip
that in once in a while. Ask the
scout what the station identification requirements are (every ten minutes
and at the end of a contact)?
- Ask the scout what time they have shown in the
log for the contact. If necessary,
work with them on UTC time and indicate they should get a time in the log
at the front of the contact.
Follow up with tell me what else you have logged for our contact.
- Have fun!