Archive for Radio Scouting

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.

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.

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