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Boy Scout Troop 97 connects with friends around the world during Jamboree-on-the-Air

Posted 11/15/18

Londonderry Township Boy Scout Troop 97 hosted a weekend on the air with Bainbridge Troop 162 the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

The two troops got together to participate in the international Boy Scout …

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Boy Scout Troop 97 connects with friends around the world during Jamboree-on-the-Air

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Londonderry Township Boy Scout Troop 97 hosted a weekend on the air with Bainbridge Troop 162 the weekend of Oct. 19-21.

The two troops got together to participate in the international Boy Scout Jamboree-on-the-Air, the largest Scouting event in the world that allows Scouts from the United States and overseas to connect using amateur radios. This growing annual event involved more than 1.5 million Scouts from more than 160 countries in 2017.

With the guidance of Tim Lehman, Steve Hensley and Karl Gardener, the Scouts went through a series of interactive stations. They were taught basic principles of radio operation and learned how to build radio antennas by soldering wire onto cables. They learned how to find transmitters with butterfly antennas. The Scouts made their own tripods from which they hung their antennas.

The Scouts learned the tripods can provide better radio reception when positioned properly. The Scouts used the transmitters to contact fellow Scouts as far away as South Carolina and even communicated with Scouts in Holland in the Netherlands. Next year, they plan on building their own tower out of poles in order to get even better reception.

Communication during Jamboree-on-the-Air typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication take place, such as video communication and digital communication, which is much like sending a message on a smartphone but is transmitted by radio instead. Some even communicate through a satellite relay or an Earth-based relay called a repeater. The exchanges include such information about troop location, Scout rank and hobbies.

The Scouts earned their Jamboree-on-the-Air patch and the radio merit badge through Lehman. In addition, Bainbridge Scout Master Tom D'Auria helped the boys earn the electronics merit badge.

The weekend also consisted of outdoor games, ax throwing, tower building, and cooking, while building relationships with fellow Scouts from outside their troop. 

Recent and upcoming events for Boy Scout Troop 97 include a camping trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary and the USS New Jersey; Scouting for Food; putting on a holiday show at the Middletown Home with Cub Pack 97; and pre-klondike winter camping.

For more, contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766.

Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Volunteer Fire Company.