We’re back doing Badge work

All smiles at the end of a busy night

At the request of the 2nd Inverness Scouts, a group of Scouts and Leaders,who were camping at Everton, visited the shack tonight and worked through the Communicator Badge.
Using the Workbook and support material prepared by the Radio Club, and available on this website, all the young people successfully completed the requirements for the award.

The Scouts worked hard had great fun learning new skills and the club members enjoyed delivering the programme once again.

They were the first group to visit us in the shack in the past twenty months due to the COVID pandemic restrictions.

Since the relaxation of restrictions, we have been taking steps to re-introduce our radio activities into the District and we are happy to confirm that we already have bookings from the 10th, 70th and 85th for next session. As time slots are being taken up quickly, we recommend that leaders get in touch at the earliest to secure a place on our calendar.

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Gone Home

Liz at Everton with the Radio Club

Today the Radio Club, in common with all of Greenock District Scouts, said a final farewell to a valued friend Liz Pinkerton, who was Group Scout Leader of the 59th Greenock and District Scouts.  

Liz was a great supporter of our Amateur Radio activities, whither they occurred at her group base, the Radio Club in Scout HQ or at Everton Camp. She always led from the front and was one of the first to take part in the activities, showing a great example to the young people.  

Liz will be sadly missed by all in Greenock District.

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Transatlantic Tests

Paul F Godley

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) have been celebrating the centenary of the Transatlantic Tests. The RSGB has just released a video that highlights the fantastic exhibition put on by the National Heritage Centre in Saltcoats, the 1921 message re-enactment by the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club and also the 160m Transatlantic QSO Party.

In December 1921, the ARRL (the National Association for Amateur Radio® in the US) sent Paul F. Godley, who held the US callsign 2ZE, as their representative to listen for amateur signals from North America during the Second Transatlantic Tests. Godley setup his listening equipment in Ardrossan on the west coast of Scotland. He received the signals of over two dozen American stations, heralding the dawn of Transatlantic amateur radio communications.

At 0252 in the morning of 12 December in Scotland, (the evening of 11 December in the US), Godley received a personal message from the ARRL station 1BCG in Connecticut. “Nr 1 de 1BCG words 12, New York. Date December 11, 1921, to Paul Godley, Ardrossan, Scotland. Hearty Congratulations. (Signed) Burghard, Inman, Grinan, Armstrong, Amy, Cronkhite.”

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