Boy Scout Merit RADIO Badge Requirements
Explain what radio
is. Include in your explanation: the differences between broadcast
radio and hobby radio, and the differences between broadcasting
and two-way communicating. Also discuss broadcast radio and amateur
signs and using phonetics.
Sketch a diagram showing how radio waves travel locally and around
the world. Radio
propagation and also these links.
How do the broadcast radio stations, WWV,
help determine what you will hear when you listen to a radio?
Do the following:
Draw a chart of the electromagnetic
spectrum covering 100 kilohertz (kHz) to 1000 megahertz (MHz).
Check these links.
Label the MF, HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave portions of the spectrum
on your diagram.
Locate on your chart at least eight radio services such as AM and
radio (at least four ham radio bands), and police.
Discuss why some radio stations are called DX
and others are called local. Explain what the FCC
and the ITU are.
radio waves carry information. Include in your explanation:
transceiver, transmitter, amplifier, and antenna.
Explain to your counselor the safety
precautions for working with radio gear, particularly direct
current and RF grounding. Also
Do the following:
Explain the differences between a block
diagram and a schematic
diagram. Also here.
Draw a block diagram that includes a transceiver,
amplifier, microphone, antenna, and feedline.
Explain the differences between an open
circuit, a closed
circuit, and a short
Draw eight schematic
symbols. Explain what three of the represented parts do.
Find three electrical components to match to three of these symbols.
Do ONE of the following (a, b, or c):
Amateur radio - Defined.
Describe some of the activities
that amateur radio operators can do on the air, once they have
earned an amateur radio license. FCC Rules Part
Carry on a 10-minute real or simulated ham radio contact using
voice or Morse
code; use proper call signs, Q
signals, and abbreviations. (Licensed ham radio operators
may substitute five QSL cards as evidence of contacts with amateur
radio operators from at least three different call districts.)
Properly log the real or simulated ham radio contact and record
the signal report.
Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio terms you hear
while listening. More.
Explain some of the Technician
Class license requirements and privileges. Question
Pool for Technician Class. Explain who gives amateur
Explain how you would make
an emergency call on voice or Morse code. Tell why the FCC has
an amateur radio service.
Explain handheld transceivers versus home "base" stations.
Explain about mobile amateur radios and amateur
radio repeaters. More.
Prepare a program schedule for radio station "KBSA"
of exactly one-half hour, including music, news, commercials,
and proper station identification. Record your program on audio
tape using proper techniques.
Listen to and properly log 15 broadcast
stations; determine for five of these their transmitting
power and general areas served.
Explain at least eight terms
used in commercial broadcasting such as segue, cut, and fade.
Discuss the educational and licensing requirements and career
opportunities in broadcast radio.
Listen across several shortwave
bands for two four-hour periods, one in the early morning,
the other in the early evening. Log the stations properly and
locate them geographically on a globe.
For several major foreign stations (BBC
in Great Britain or HCJB in
Ecuador, for example), list several frequency bands used by each.
Compare your morning and evening logs, noting the frequencies
on which your selected stations were loudest during each session.
Explain the differences in signal strength from one period to
Discuss the purpose of and careers
in shortwave communications. Also.
Visit a radio installation approved in advance by your counselor
(ham radio station, broadcast station, or public service communications
center, for example).
a. Discuss what types of equipment you saw in use, how each was
b. What types of licenses are required to operate and maintain
c. Purpose of the station.
BSA Advancement ID#: 93
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002
DEDICATED WEB SITES
Relay League Scout Handbook
Merit Badge by Radio Station AA6J
Merit Home Page
K2BSA Ham Radio at the BSA
Broadcast Radio Stations
- Amateur Radio - Emergency Preparedness in Scouting
WWW Virtual Library: Amateur Radio