W5YI News :
|June 11, 2012 Amateur Radio Headlines of the Week
|ICOM America Agrees to Sponsor
BSA's 2013 National Jamboree
America has announced that it has signed a
sponsorship agreement with the Boy Scouts of
America (BSA) for the organization's 2013
National Scout Jamboree. As the BSA's official
amateur radio transceiver supplier for the
jamboree, Icom will provide equipment and
technical support for the K2BSA radio operation,
the Radio merit badge, and Jamboree-on-the-Air.
has supported the Boy Scouts of America's
jamboree amateur radio operation, K2BSA, since
1981. Over those eight Jamborees, more than
30,000 Scouts have been able to experience
amateur radio as a potential lifetime hobby or as
an entry to a vocation in technology and
communication. For the 2013 jamboree, Icom will
provide all amateur radio transceivers,
associated power supplies, microphones, and
speakers. They will also be installing VHF and
UHF repeaters that will remain in place year
round to support Summit activities and the local
addition to supporting the jamboree, Icom America
and the BSA will select local councils to receive
a loan of a complete amateur radio station for
use in merit badge advancement activities and to
introduce Scouts to the fun and technology of
amateur radio. Up to 10 stations will be
available for this program beginning this year.
Since its introduction, more than 150,000 Scouts
have earned the Radio merit badge, which was
introduced as the Wireless merit badge in 1918.
BSA, by virtue of its active membership and its
outdoor program, represents a significant source
of potential new radio operators looking to use
amateur radio for emergency communications while
in the field, as well as for education,
experimentation, and friendship.
Icom America is also a supporter of
Jamboree-on-the-Air, the largest Scouting event
in the world, with nearly 750,000 Scouts
participating annually. In 2011, more than 6,000
amateur radio stations from 150 countries
participated in the event, which takes place the
third weekend of October each year. To find out
more about JOTA, visit www.scouting.org/jota.
|Accessory Makers: How About
Multi-Colored "Skins" For HTs?
female hams, as well as women who are familiar
with ham radio but not licensed themselves, have
told me the hobby would be more attractive to
women if ham gear came with more color options --
especially handbag-sized handhelds.
the number of women in ham radio is too small for
any of the major manufacturers to invest in
multicolored HT cases, but look around at cell
phones, MP3 players, etc. There's a huge business
in providing all sorts of external cases or
"skins" for these devices, in a
multitude of colors and patterns. My daughter
just got a case for her iPhone with the logo of
her favorite baseball team on it.
manufacturers: How about developing a line of
different-colored "skins" for ham radio
handhelds, especially the smaller ones that may
be more appealing to women to begin with? They
wouldn't have to be only for women, either. Many
of these skins are made from silicone, which adds
a layer of protection against damage when
dropped, and which is heat-resistant to very high
temperatures. A line of skins could also include
licensed logos from various ham radio
organizations and, um, magazines!
us informed if you decide to pursue this idea and
we'll be happy to help you promote it and
advertise it to our readers. -- W2VU
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|Return of the Hamboree?
Dade Radio Club of Miami is making another effort
to revive the Miami "Tropical Hamboree"
hamfest. Representatives made the rounds at the
Dayton Hamvention®, promoting the 2013 Miami
Hamfest on February 1st and 2nd. A flyer bills
the event as a "Ham Radio, Electronics and
Alternative Energy Show Serving South Florida,
the Americas and the Caribbean."
Tropical Hamboree had been a major fixture on the
hamfest circuit for decades, but declining
attendance and the retirement of perennial
sparkplug Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR, as hamfest chair
led to its abandonment after 2004. The club tried
unsuccessfully to revive the show in 2008.
The 2013 show is slated for its traditional
date - one weekend before the Orlando Hamcation®
- and location, the Miami-Dade Youth Fair Grounds
and Expo Center. More information is available at
|CQ Editor Named to "Who's
Who in America"
magazine editor and CQ Communications Editorial
Director Rich Moseson, W2VU, has been selected
for listing in the 2013 edition of Marquis Who's
Who in America. Published since 1899, Marquis
Who's Who in America is oldest and
most-respected "who's who" guide
published today. The book features "profiles
of prominent individuals who have had a
substantial impact and influence on our
society," according to its website.
was previously listed in two other Marquis
publications, Who's Who in Entertainment (1st
and 2nd editions, 1988 and 1992) and Who's
Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 4th edition
"I am very honored to be named to the
flagship 'Who's Who' directory," said
Moseson. "It is not only a personal honor
but also reflects well on CQ Communications and
the quality of our publications." The 67th
(2013) edition of Who's Who in America
is scheduled for publication in September 2012.
(Source; CQ Magazine)