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Ham radio explored


October 25, 2017

Star photo by David Martin

Octavio Landeros Jr., a Rock Springs Boy Scout, flips through his worksheet during the Jamboree on the Air Saturday morning.

Braving cold temperatures and high winds, a group of Boy Scouts learned about ham radio Saturday morning.

Situated by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, Rick Breininger of the Sweetwater Amateur Radio Club spoke with Scouts about ham radio and its importance in emergency management during the 60th Annual Jamboree on the Air. The jamboree allows scouts to earn a radio merit badge and contact other Scouts across the U.S. Breininger said he hopes scouts may develop an interest in ham radio and work towards receiving their technicians license.

"As amateur radio operators, we're always encouraging people to get involved with the hobby," he said.

Scouts were learned the science behind how radio works, the difference between broadcast and hobby radio, as well as its uses and career opportunities within the field.

While ham radio is a hobby, it also is important in emergency management. While cell phones are more common, during emergencies, such as in Puerto Rico, cell service can be cut off, necessitating the use of ham radio. Despite its use in those situations, Breininger says it's also an enjoyable hobby.

"I like it, it's a lot of fun," he said.


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