[Boatanchors] Radio Merit Badge

Robert Lawson 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 
distracting environment.

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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