The Plan for Today Requirements Checklist Radio Station Call Signs Radio Wave Propagation WWV and WWVH Sending Info with Radio Block & Schmtic Diagms Schematic Symbols Radio Contact Procedrs Q Signals RST UTC Phonetics Loging Contacts Amateur Radio Licenses General Instructions General Introduction General Radio Info Radio Frequencies Propagation Radio Safety Electronic Parts & Symb Amateur Radio Licenses Ham Radio Station Visit Preparing to Talk Radio Contact Radio Contact-Home Sta Am Radio Equip & Proc
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1   a Explain what radio is [general description].   11                                     X                    
     b Explain the differences between broadcast radio and hobby radio.   11                                     X                    
     c Explain the differences between broadcasting and two-way communicating.   11                                     X                    
     d Explain what broadcast radio and amateur radio call signs are and how they differ.   42     X                               X                    
     e Explain what phonetics are and how they are used.   42                                                         X
2   a Sketch a diagram showing how radios waves travel locally and around the world.   14 - 16       X                                 X                
     b How do broadcast stations WWV and WWVH help determine what you will hear when you listen to the radio?   14 - 16         X                               X       < X        
3   a Draw a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum covering 100 kHz to 1000 MHz.   16 - 19                                       X                  
     b Label the MF, HF, VHF, UHF and microwave portions of the spectrum on your chart.   16 - 19                                       X                  
     c Locate on your chart at least eight radio services, such as AM and FM commercial broadcasts, citizens band (CB), television, amateur radio (at least four ham bands), and police.   16 - 19                                       X                  
     d Discuss why some radio stations are called DX and other are called local.   16 - 19                                     X                    
     e Explain what the FCC and ITU are.   16 - 19                                     X                    
4   a Explain how radio waves carry information.   12 - 13           X                             X                
      b Include in your explanation:  Transceiver, transmitter, amplifier and antenna.   12 - 13           X                             X                
5 Explain the safety precautions for working with radio gear, particularly direct current and RF grounding.   30 - 31                                           X              
6   a Explain the difference between a block diagram and a schematic diagram.   20 - 29             X                               X            
     b Draw a block diagram that includes a transceiver, amplifier, microphone, antenna and feedline.   20 - 29             X                               X            
     c Explain the differences between an open circuit, a closed circuit, and a short circuit.   20 - 29                                             X            
     d Draw eight schematic symbols for electrical parts.   20 - 29               X                             X            
     e Explain what three of the electrical parts do.   20 - 29                                             X            
     f Find three electrical parts to match three of the schematic symbols.   20 - 29               X                             X            
7   a Amateur Radio                                                              
          1 Describe some of the activities that licensed amateur radio operators can do on the air.   34 - 53                                               X < X        
          2  a Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham radio contact using voice; use proper call signs, Q signals and abbrevations   34 - 53                 X X X X X                       X > X > X <X  
               b Properly log the real or simulated ham radio contact and record the signal report.   34 - 53                           X                     X > X > X <X  
          3 Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio terms you hear while listening.   34 - 53                                                   X > X >   X
          4   a Explain some of the requirements for a Technician Class license.   34 - 53                             X                 X          
               b Explain some of the privileges a Technician Class licensed radio operator has.   34 - 53                             X                 X          
                c Explain who gives amateur radio exams.   34 - 53                             X                 X          
          5   a Explain how you would make an emergency call using voice or Morse code.   34 - 53                                                         X
               b Tell why the Federal Communications Commission has an amateur radio service.   34 - 53                             X                 X          
          6   a Discuss handheld transceivers versus home “base” stations.   34 - 53                                                 X >       X
               b Explain the uses of mobile amateur radios.   34 - 53                                                 X >       X
                c Explain the uses of amateur radio repeaters.   34 - 53       X                                 X                
8   a Visit a ham radio station.                                                     X        
      b Discuss what types of equipment you saw in use and how it was used.                                                     X >       X
      c Discuss what types of licenses are required to operate and maintain the equipment.                                                     X >       X
      d Discuss the purpose of the station.                                                     X >       X
# Also, Safety Demo/ . . . Aide sheet
REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY RADIO MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR (also complete and sign scout's blue card)
Name:  Ralph H. Clark, NM5RC     Signature:  _______________________________     Date:  _________ X > or < X = covered here, but signed off in class indicated with X
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