RADIO FREQUENCIES

 

Objectives

 

        Help prepare the scout to fulfill the following merit badge requirements:

 

-         3.a.††††† Draw a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum covering 100 kHz to 1000 MHz.

-         3.b.††††† Label the MF, HF, VHF, UHF and microwave portions of the spectrum on your

chart.

-         3.c.††††† Locate on your chart at least eight radio services, such as AM and FM commercial

broadcast, citizens band (CB), television, amateur radio (at least four ham bands),

and police.

 

Reference Materials

 

        Handouts:None

        Merit badge pamphlet pages:16-19.

        Icom band chart.

        11 X 17 paper for the scouts to use to draw their frequency charts.

        8.5 X 11 blank paper for scouts to use.

        20-ft rope and meter measuring stick

 

Suggested Activities

 

        Review the handout.

        Review the frequency chart on page 17 of the pamphlet

        Show and explain the Icom band chart.

        Have one scout hold one end of the rope and another scout move the other end slow then fast to create waves (if you have a slick floor, this can be done horizontally on the floor and the movement stopped so the scouts can see the waves and how they might be measured).Discuss frequencies, waves and wave lengths referring to meter stick and to the fact that radio signals travel at 300,000,000 meters per second.

        Go over Hz, KHz, MHz and GHz (this is on the middle of page 16 of the pamphlet).

        Provide the scout with a large piece of paper and ask them to prepare their frequency chart (requirements 3.a, 3.b and 3.c).They can use the reference material while doing this.

 

Verifying Scouts Have Met the Merit Badge Requirements

 

       Meet with each scout individually so they can present to you the information required to fulfill each of the above merit badge requirements.