PREPARING TO TALK ON RADIO
scout for 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
7.a.2.b. Properly log the real or simulated ham radio
contact and signal report.
7.a.3. Explain at least five Q
signals or amateur radio terms you hear while
Note: Actually doing these
requirements is a separate class.
UTC Conversion Chart
Radio Contact Procedures
badge pamphlet pages: 44-49.
- 8.5 X 11
blank paper for scouts to use.
materials: Two FRS radios
over Q Signals handout and indicate the most commonly used signals.
RST system and quickly go over RST handout.
why standard phonetics are used.
Have scouts write out phonetics are for their name, our station
callsign, our QTH and their home QTH.
why we use UTC and go over UTC handout.
the Logging Contacts handout and how it should be completed.
the Radio Contact Procedures handout.
Stress that scout must do their part to carry the conservation by
doing about half the talking, asking questions, and giving more than one
word answers to questions.
look through pages 44-49 with the scouts to make sure there are not
Note that the abbreviations listed on page 45 and starting on
the bottom of page 46 and onto page 47 (and used in the QSO on page 48) are for
CW (Morse code) contacts and are not used for voice contacts.
- Have some
scouts (as many as time will allow) simulate a short contacts using the
FRS radios and provide mentoring on their procedures so they will be ready
to make a real contact. Have them
use Q signals, exchange RST reports and log the contact.