The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council has designated “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2014.
World Amateur Radio Day is celebrated each year on April 18 to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.
The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to focus a public spotlight on Amateur Radio and its benefits to countries and communities.
This year the IARU and its more than 150 member-societies will celebrate the organization’s 89th anniversary.
The Radio team joined up with the 10th Greenock and District Scout Group for their camp at Everton today.
The team set up a radio related ‘wide game’, Morse Code training, instruction on the use of the Phonetic Alphabet and also gave the Scouts and Cub Scouts the opportunity to send a greetings message over the airwaves using Amateur Radio.
Everyone had a great time and once again the Morse Code element proved a great success.
Everton Scout Camp
We built our Oscillators
Over the past few weeks the club members have been busy exercising their electronic, mechanical and soldering skills, building several Morse code practice oscillators. The concept behind the Buildathon project was to construct a device which could be used while delivering the communicator badge work for Beaver, Cubs and Scouts, using easily obtainable and inexpensive components. The circuit was based on the ubiquitous “555 chip”. The hardware consisted of a “clip lock” box which contained the speaker, battery and chip. The Morse key was constructed using an everyday clothes peg, a block of wood and a rubber “O” ring. The six oscillators and Morse keys which were made have already seen action at the 10th Greenock and District Scout camp and proved to be a big hit with everyone. Club members are already considering modifications to improve the product so watch this space.
Learning code with the oscillator
The finished project
Steph solders the components
Roy and Andy build the box
During November 2013 the club had the privilege of operating the Radio Society of Great Britain’s special centenary radio station, GM100RSGB.
We all had a great time and the full story of our operation and that of the Wigtonshire Amateur Radio Club can be read in the March 2014 edition of ‘RadCom’, the Radio Society’s magazine.