Saturday, June 29, 2013
Boy Scout Merit Badge Class on the Battleship IOWA
Gonna be a busy day today. I'm helping with the Boy Scout "Radio Merit Badge" class today on the Iowa.
BTW.....we can't call the "U.S.S. Iowa" anymore (sob...sob...) as she's no longer an active ship of the U.S. Navy. We have to refer to the garnd old gal as the "Battleship Iowa".
A small technicality, but an important one none the less.
I'll be in the Comm Center helping the Scouts to get over any On-The-Air shyness (a.k.a. "Mic Fright"), and to make sure nobody does anything STOOOPID while transmitting.
In my experience, the Scouts are all fine young lads who take direction very well, but the FCC requires a "Qualified Control Operator" to be in physical control of the radio gear while unlicensed people use it.
If you know any Scouts, the Radio Merit Badge is one of the lesser-known badges, and a good one to have. I forget how many Merit Badges my son has, but his sash is pretty full.
Time to hit the shower, get dresses, gather up all my materials, and head on down to the Iowa.
See you all later.....