[Boatanchors] Radio Merit Badge
w4rl at bellsouth.net
Thu Jun 19 22:14:10 EDT 2014
Yes, Dave those were the 'days'. Circa '62 I was in a Troupe which the
Adult Leadership basically quit. But we told our parents only that we
had a local Jamboree coming up ie transportation. Our rag tag group
with no adult leader ended up winning 2nd place with our tents all
setup, pine tree trunk tri-pod and kettle, and my homemade crystal set
the same with the wire aerial stung out to the tripod from the tent.
Headphones to boot. Of note, we told the Judges that our Troop master
was in the bathroom..... I kid you not. Of course our parents found
out later but none of us were 'fussed at'.
Never did get my Radio Merit Badge and I think about that even to this day.
Yall, here's the latest on the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge. In this day
and age I think the requirements are most sufficient. No 'cake walk'
for a young man in today's electronic game and communication
73 Robert W4RL WPE4FGR
On 6/19/2014 8:37 PM, David Hollander wrote:
> Morse code was definitely a requirement for First Class back in the
> 60's but was long gone when my son was in scouts from 2000 to 2005.
> I was already a novice and quite adept at CW when I joined scouts in
> 1964 so even though I was only a Tenderfoot, guess who had to teach
> the code to the older and higher ranking kids? Yep, me and some of the
> kids were pretty resentful of a tenderfoot teaching them.
> Dave N7RK
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