Boy Scouts radio merit badge information

Filed Under (Educational / Courses, Kids) by Jonathan on 16-12-2008

Scout radio merit badge site by Gary Wilson, K2GW

Scout radio merit badge site by Gary Wilson, K2GW

Every now and then a gem of a website comes along that can be used to help youngsters get involved in radio (with our help, of course!).  This is such a site.  As a scouting dad, I can’t wait to put a lot of this to use with my son’s scout group.

Not a lot to talk about here except that Gary has powerpoint slides, posters, badge requirements and all that is needed to help us help scouts get their badge.

The requirements are very easy and a ham of ANY license class should be able to do well here with their local scouting group.

If you’re not involved with scouting, he has information there on how to get involved with your local group as well.

Check out Gary’s site here:  http://k2gw.tripod.com/radiomeritbadge/

Time to get the “harmonics” into homebrew radio

Filed Under (Homebrew, Kids) by Jonathan on 21-11-2008

As a parent, I try to find neat things to pique my boys interest in radio.  I recently stumbled on a neet site for all us “geek” parents called “Science toys you can make with your kids”.

There are several neat projects and various science categories on this site.  I definitely plan to play around with a few of these projects with my son.

10 minute radio project

10 minute radio project

Here is a list of the radio projects:

  • A quick and simple radio
  • Building a radio in 10 minutes
  • Build a portable crystal radio
  • A radio out of household items
  • A simple AM transmitter
  • The Three-Penny Radio

In addition to the projects listed above, here is a list of the topics covered on the site:

Magnetism
Electromagnetism
Electrochemistry
Radio
Thermodynamics
Aerodynamics
Light and optics
Biology
Mathematics
Computers and Electronics

I can’t wait to give the 3 penny radio a shot with my kid.  I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of it just because the odd relationship with radios and pennies.  But, for us hams, it’s an added bonus.  We get to teach our kids about Manhattan construction!

3-Penny radio.  Site even shows how you can use alternative sources for power like a home made vinegar battery.

3-Penny radio. Site even shows how you can use alternative sources for power like a home made vinegar battery.

The nice thing about the site is not only does it tell you how, but it explains why.

http://sci-toys.com/index.html

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