|Radio requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #7.|
|Radio merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||093|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
|“||Radio is a way to send information, or communications, from one place to another. Broadcasting includes both one-way radio (a person hears the information but can't reply) as well as two-way radio (where the same person can both receive and send messages).||”|
Radio merit badge requirements
| A FREE workbook for Radio is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
1: Radio (in General)
1a: Amateur radio Amateur Radio Service Broadcasting
1b: Broadcasting (commercial) Broadcasting (public)
1c: Call Signs Amateur Radio call signs FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Amateur Radio call sign map (radioing.com)
1d: Phonetic Alphabet International Phonetic Alphabet (US Navy) International Phonetic Alphabet (NASA)
2a: Radio Waves in the Atmosphere WWV WWVH
2b: DXing DX (distance) communications FCC (Federal Communications Commission) ITU Overview ITU Website
3: Radio Frequency Spectrum United States Frequency Allocation Chart Radio Communications Sector
4: Modulation to carry information-animated graphics Radio Propagation Transceiver Transmitter Amplifier Antenna
5ab: Block Diagram Circuit diagrams Electronic symbols
5b: Microphone Feed Line (also see 4 and 5a above)
5c: Open Circuit Open vs. Closed Circuit Short Circuit
5d: Electrical components
6: Electrical Safety – Including Lightning, Antennas, etc.
- Radio and Electronics share similar requirements.
- A registered youth or adult Scout who has a valid radio license of any class issued by the FCC may wear the Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip.
- The largest Scout activity in the world is "Jamboree On The Air' (JOTA), held on the 3rd Saturday of October. Sponsored by the World Scout Bureau, about 500,000 scouts around the world talk to each other using Amateur Radio that weekend. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers and Leaders who take part are eligible for a BSA JOTA Participant Patch, available from the International Division of BSA.
- Participation in the national Amateur Radio Emergency Drill called "Field Day" on the last weekend of June each year can meet the requirement 7 for Emergency Preparedness.
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Animal Science - Archaeology - Astronomy - Architecture - Chemistry - Composite Materials - Computers - Electricity - Electronics - Energy - Environmental Science - Geology - Nuclear Science - Radio - Space Exploration - Weather
- Webelos Activity Badge: Engineer - Geologist - Scientist
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Astronomy - Geography - Geology - Science - Weather
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Art - Chess - Coin Collecting - Collections - Computers - Dog Care - Fishing - Gardening - Genealogy - Golf - Horsemanship - Pets - Photography - Radio - Railroading - Reading - Stamp Collecting
- Venturing: Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award; Ranger Award electives: Cave Exploration - Cycling - Equestrian - Fishing
- Webelos Activity Badges: Artist - Traveler
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Art - Chess - Collecting - Computers
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Radio Merit Badge Website
- JOTA (Jamboree On The Air, third weekend of each October)
- ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League)
- How to get an amateur radio license (above and beyond the merit badge)