On the morning of July 26,2010, Fort A.P. Hill will be the fastest growing city in the country. 43,000 scouts and leaders will join 8,000 volunteers to celebrate 100 years of scouting in the US. The 46 members of the K2BSA staff will be on the job to provide support and information to arriving Hams through the 2m and 70cm on site repeaters. The K2BSA demonstration station will be located at its usual location south east of the Mahone staff area. The demo station will provide tours and demonstrate Amateur Radio to visiting scouts and scouters.
Earn your Radio Merit Badge At the 2010 National Scout Jamboree
The K2BSA merit badge midway staff will teach the Radio Merit Badge at the Merit Badge Midway. The scout can complete all the requirements required for the merit badge.
Get your Amateur Radio License At the 2010 National Scout Jamboree
ARRL reports surge of new licenses in 2009: http://www.arrl.org/news/2009-sees-surge-of-new-amateur-radio-licensees
The K2BSA licensing staff will teach a Technician license class daily during the jamboree. The scout will learn everything he needs during the 6 hour class to pass the Technician Class license exam. Every night in the licensing tent the K2BSA licensing staff will offer an ARRL VE sponsored test session for all license classes. The Licensing tent is located north west of the K2BSA demonstration tent.
Technician Class License
You can get an entry level Amateur Radio Technician license by passing a 35-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Technician Class operators are authorized to use all amateur VHF and UHF frequencies (all frequencies above 50 MHz). Technicians also may operate on the 80, 40, and 15 meter HF bands using Morse code, and on the 10 meter band using Morse code, voice, and digital modes. No Morse code test is required.
Upgrade your Amateur Radio License At the 2010 National Scout Jamboree
General Class License
The General Class license offers a giant step up in operating privileges. The high-power HF privileges granted to General licensees allow for cross-country and worldwide communication. Technicians may upgrade to General by passing a 35-question multiple-choice examination. The written exam covers intermediate regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on HF applications. You must successfully pass the Technician exam to be eligible to sit for the General class exam. No Morse code test is required. In addition to the Technician privileges, General Class operators are authorized to operate on any frequency in the 160, 30, 17, 12, and 10 meter bands. They may also use significant segments of the 80, 40, 20, and 15 meter bands.
Extra Class License
The HF bands can be awfully crowded, particularly at the top of the solar cycle. Once you earn HF privileges, you may quickly yearn for more room. The Extra Class license is the answer. Extra Class licensees are authorized to operate on all frequencies allocated to the Amateur Service. General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory, and radio equipment design.
More detailed information about the privileges of each license class and requirements for licensing can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed.