Author Archive for Jim Wilson

Ask an Astronaut a Question

During the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, the NA1WJ Amateur Radio Station will be in contact with the International Space Station as part of the ARISS Program. During the contact, which lasts about 10 minutes, we will have 10 Scouts speaking with an astronaut. That conversation will be a question and answer session, with the Scouts asking a list of 20 prearranged questions.

Thanks to everyone who provided their suggested questions for the astronaut. We received almost 40 questions through our online survey. We’ve edited that list down to 30 questions primarily by dropping or combining duplicate questions. 

We now need to narrow that list to the 20 that we’ll forward in advance to the International Space Station.

We’d like your vote on the top questions. Click the button to see the list of 30 questions and to vote on your top questions.

Vote on ISS Astronaut Questions

NA1WJ World Scout Jamboree Update

We’ve just posted an updated version of the NA1WJ World Jamboree Operations Plan. Check it out for all the really detailed information about our upcoming operation in July 2019 at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

You can also find a great deal of information on this website to support working the NA1WJ station during the Jamboree. Here’s the list with links:

Please note, too, the ongoing support from Icom America that now includes the World Scout Jamboree. Thank’s Icom.

May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter

The May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter has been published. The big topic is the upcoming World Scout Jamboree and the NA1WJ operation. We’re also seeking questions to ask the astronaut during our planned contact with the International Space Station. And don’t miss our the K2BSA / Radio Scouting Booth at the Dayton Hamvention. You can find the newsletter at May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter.

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2018 Radio Merit Badge Numbers

You may have seen Bryan on Scouting’s post about the 2018 Merit Badge Rankings. If not, we recommend it to provide some perspective on this key element of the Scouting program. While there, go ahead and subscribe to keep up with all the news.

Reading down the page quite a bit, you can find the Radio Merit Badge ranked at 85 with the total number earned at 5,205. That’s down from 2017 at 5,840 and well down from the all time peak of 7,208 in 2013.

We know that many of you are running workshops and achieving great things in your district and council. Keep up the good work.

The chart below shows the number earned from 1980 to 2018. You can find further historical information at Radio Merit Badge History.

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