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Amateur Radio Operator Course

Event Status

Registration Open

Event Location

Scouts HQ, 1345 Baseline Rd, Ottawa

Event date

02/23/2020 - 12:00am - 06/07/2020 - 12:00am

Event Description

Have you heard about our Amateur Radio Operator Course?

CQ CQ CQ ! This is “your call sign here”. This is the expression that you use to start a conversation on the amateur radio bands. You can speak it, send it with a Morse Code key, or use various digital modes. No doubt you have heard of the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and the Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI). Once you have your amateur radio license you can take your pack, troop or fellow youth off on a hike or camp for the weekend and participate in JOTA, from anywhere. JOTA / JOTI is the world’s largest annual Digital Scout event that takes place online and over the air.

Radios come in all shapes and sizes, many as small as a USB memory stick that use the computer to control them. They are called Software Defined Radios or SDR’s. Some are “receive only” others will transmit and receive.

The course consists of 36 hours of classroom instruction, review and a Government of Canada multiple choice exam, which we will provide. The course will be held on “non holiday” Sundays at Scout Headquarters, so going away for March break won’t mean you miss the class. You will learn some basic formulas, Ohm’s Law for insistence, simple electronic circuits, how antenna’s work, the resistor colour code, and the phonetic alphabet. The Government of Canada even has a website where you can do practice exams to test yourself.

On behalf of the Scouts Canada National Museum (SCNM), the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club (OARC) will host a study course starting on February 23 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Registration is $80, payable to the OARC.

If you are interested in learning about Communications Technology, which could lead to a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or just looking for a hobby or the ability to tinker with electronics, this is a course for you. Imagine being able to build your own transceiver, learning about radio frequency energy so you can help design the next generation of cell phones or WIFI hubs. Perhaps you want to learn about satellite communications, or how to bounce signals off the moon. (Hams have many satellites in orbit now), These are just a few examples of the things you can do. One of last year’s graduate Scouters has plans to set up a radio station at a scout camp for the summer.

Certification testing by volunteer examiners would be arranged at the end of the course, or earlier depending on your background knowledge.

If you would be interested in participating in such a course, please contact Harrie Jones at VE3SHQ@scouts.ca or 613-978-1557. 

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