4,000 Scouts to experience Ham Radio at Scout AirFest in Illinois

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The Rainbow Council Amateur Radio Committee will operate a Special Event Station during Scout AirFest on August 8-10, 2014. 
With nearly 4,000 registered Scouters expected to attend, Scout AirFest is one of the largest Scout events in Northern Illinois in this year.  The “camporee” will take place on the grounds of the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, Illinois.
The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has given the Rainbow Council permission to operate as K2BSA.  Nearly two dozen ham radio operators will be ambassadors to one of the most interesting hobbies in the world during AirFest.
Scouts and Unit Leaders who attend AirFest can participate in the program, even if they are not licensed operators.  The K2BSA operation will feature a variety of Radio Scouting opportunities.
  • Requirements for the Radio Merit Badge
  • HF Voice and Digital Communication
  • Low Earth Orbiting Satellite Demonstrations
  • Morse Code Demonstrations
  • UHF Talk-In for Out-of-Town Scout Units
  • VHF Camp Net for Rag Chewing
After Taps each night, K2BSA will operate as a traditional Special Event Station in an attempt to work as many stations on as many bands as possible.  K2BSA will participate in the WAE CW DX Contest and Maryland QSO Party during the AirFest weekend.
World Scouting Band Segments Several amateur bands have designated frequencies where Scout stations can meet.  K2BSA will operate Phone, CW, and PSK modes during AirFest, giving Scouts the opportunity to experience several communication modes.  K2BSA also will attempt LEO satellite communication from grid EN51wo.
HF Voice Communication
Band NCS Call Sign Purpose Calling Freq. (MHz) Minimum License
2 m K2BSA Campfire Radio 147.540 (No Tone) Technician
70 cm K2BSA Talk-In Net (Primary) 443.525 (PL 114.8) Technician
70 cm K2BSA Talk-In Net (Back Up) 442.550 (PL 114.8) Technician

HF CW Frequencies
Band Mode Segment (MHz) Calling Freq. (MHz) Minimum License
80 CW 3.560 – 3.570 3.570 Technician
40 CW 7.030 – 7.040 7.030 Technician
20 CW 14.050 – 14.060 14.060 General
15 CW 21.130 – 21.140 21.140 Technician

PSK Frequencies
Band Mode Segment (MHz) Calling Freq. (MHz) Minimum License
80 PSK 3.570 – 3.600 3.580 Technician
40 PSK 7.030 – 7.040 7.035 Technician
20 PSK 14.070 – 14.095 14.070 General
15 PSK 21.070 – 21.110 21.080 Technician

Campfire Radio Net and Talk-In
For Scouters traveling from outside Will County, K2BSA will provide a directed Talk-In Net.  Net Control will be part of the Camp Master’s tent.  When Scouters arrive, they can communicate and Rag Chew on an undirected net called Campfire Radio.  K2BSA will guard both frequencies.

Band NCS Call Sign Purpose Calling Freq. (MHz) Minimum License
2 m K2BSA Campfire Radio 147.540 (No Tone) Technician
70 cm K2BSA Talk-In Net (Primary) 443.525 (PL 114.8) Technician
70 cm K2BSA Talk-In Net (Back Up) 442.550 (PL 114.8) Technician
QSLs
All QSLs will come via K9RSR on Log Book of the World (LOTW) and QRZ.com.  We will provide paper QSL cards only to operators who provide return postage.  No QSL cards for Echolink.

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