Archive for Radio Scouting

ARRL Service to Scouting Award Updates

The ARRL has updated their Amateur Radio and Scouting page with information on the ARRL Service to Scouting Award. This includes a list of all those who have earned the award since its introduction in 2014. As of this writing, the list numbers 84. Look it over to find out if there are others that should be nominated. You can find the nomination form on the same page.

When completing the nomination form, which advises that you complete it without informing the proposed recipient in order to avoid possible disappointment, we realize that you may need to talk with them to determine whether they've actually met the necessary requirements. Please feel free to work with the nominee to collect this information.

Congratulations to all those who have received the ARRL Service to Scouting Award. Thanks go especially to Steve Ewald, WV1X, Supervisor of ARRL's Field Organization Team, for his work ensuring this award continues to be available and for pulling all this information together for publication.

Icom Scout Council Loan Station

Ever wondered about the Icom America Scout Council Loan Station? You can see it in action in this video, created by Chris Overbey, WA5DM. You can find out more about the station including the application at Icom Station Loans.

October 2018 JOTA Newsletter

The October 2018 JOTA Newsletter has been published. Key stories around JOTA-JOTI location registration, station reports, and don't miss Jocelyn Brault's wonderful story about her introduction to amateur radio through Jamboree on the Air and discovering the hobby all over again some 30 years later.

Here's the link: October 2018 JOTA Newsletter. Subscribe so you don't miss a single issue.

Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip — Discontinued

The BSA's National Awards, Insignia, and Uniforms Committee has advised us that the Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip has been discontinued. Here's the message from John Duncan, Volunteer Chair:

The BSA recognizes that our uniform remains an important method in our program delivery.  It follows that we must be good stewards of the limited space available on the uniform.  It is wonderful that there are so many organizations, certifications, ratings, and professional credentials that are so well aligned with Scouting's core values, as evidenced by a high volume and continuing flow of similar requests for uniform pieces to identify current military, military veterans, civil servants, doctors and other medical professionals, EMTs, firefighters, law enforcement, clergy/faith leaders, environmental professionals, and others.  The view of the committee is that while all such professions, certifications and ratings are laudable, the BSA uniform is not a proper way to recognize any of these.  Instead, guidance in response to such proposals is generally what the ARRL has already done -- creation of a national-level Award for Service to Scouting, approved for inclusion as part of the community organization knot.

While this is disappointing news, we can take consolation that we had a good run with the rating strip. Moreover, the existing rating strips can continue to be worn on the uniform. Here's the information shared by the Awards, Insignia, and Uniforms Committee:

All discontinued Boy Scouts of America uniforms and insignia may be worn in keeping with the applicable uniform and insignia guidelines as of the time of their production, so long as condition of original insignia does not detract from the neatness of the uniform.  Exact reproductions or “private issue” insignia are not authorized for uniform wear.  Furthermore, existing supply will continue to be sold until exhausted, so for the passionate followers, consider buying a lifetime supply now!  Although the diagrams errantly created and communicated broadly via Bryan on Scouting never made it into a Guide to Awards and Insignia, existing awards may continue to be worn as depicted in those diagrams, in keeping with this guidance.

Given this information, it's probably time to stock up on the patches from BSA Supply. It's order number 617431 and here's the link for online ordering https://www.scoutshop.org/amateur-radio-operator-rating-strip-emblem-617431.html

The details for uniform placement and requirements can be found at https://k2bsa.net/operator-rating/

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