These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on January 1, 2002.
To see the current requirements
- Explain what radio is. Include in your explanation: the
differences between broadcast radio and hobby radio, and the
differences between broadcasting and two-way communicating.
Also discuss broadcast radio and amateur radio call signs and
- Sketch a diagram showing how radio waves travel locally
and around the world. How do the broadcast radio stations, WWV
and WWVH, help determine what you will hear when you listen
to a radio?
- Do the following:
- Draw a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum covering
100 kilohertz (kHz) to 1000 megahertz (MHz).
- Label the LF, MF, VHF, UHF, and microwave portions of
the spectrum on your diagram.
- Locate on your chart at least eight radio services such
as AM and FM commercial broadcast, CB, television, amateur
radio (at least four ham radio bands), and police.
- Discuss why some radio stations are called DX and others
are called local. Explain who the FCC and ITU are.
- Explain how radio waves carry information. Include in your
explanation: transceiver, transmitter, amplifier, and antenna.
- Learn the safety precautions for working with radio gear,
particularly Dc and Rf grounding.
- Do the following:
- Explain the differences between a block diagram and
a schematic diagram.
- Draw a block diagram that includes a transceiver, amplifier,
microphone, antenna, and feedline.
- Explain the differences between an open circuit, a closed
circuit, and a short circuit.
- Draw ten schematic symbols. Explain what three of the
represented parts do. Find three electrical components to
match to three of these symbols.
- Do ONE of the following: (a, b, or c )
- Amateur radio
- Describe some of the activities that amateur radio
operators can do on the air, once they have earned an
amateur radio license.
- Carry on a 10 minute real or simulated radio contact
using voice or Morse Code; use proper call signs, Q
signals, and abbreviations. (Licensed ham radio operators
may substitute five QSL cards as evidence of contacts
with amateur radio operators from at least three different
- With the help of a local amateur radio operator,
talk to and properly log at least two Morse code radio
contacts. Record signal reports. Explain how often amateur
radio operators must give their call signs during a
- Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio
terms you hear while listening.
- Explain some differences between the Novice Class
and Technician Class license requirements and privileges.
Explain who gives amateur radio exams.
- Explain how you would make an emergency call on
voice or Morse code. Tell why the FCC has an amateur
- Explain handheld transceivers versus home "base"
stations. Explain about mobile amateur radios and amateur
- Broadcast radio
- Prepare a program schedule for radio station "KBSA"
of exactly one-half hour, including music, news, commercials,
and proper station identification. Record your program
on audio tape using proper techniques.
- Listen to and properly log 15 broadcast stations;
determine for five of these their transmitting power
and general areas served.
- Explain at least eight terms used in commercial
broadcasting, such as segue, cut, and fade.
- Discuss the educational and licensing requirements
and career opportunities in broadcast radio.
- Short-wave listening
- Listen across several short-wave bands for two 4-hour
periods, one in the early morning and the other in the
early evening. Log the stations properly and locate
them geographically on a globe.
- For several major foreign stations (BBC in Great
Britain or HCJB in Ecuador , for example), list several
frequency bands used by each.
- Compare your morning and evening logs, noting the
frequencies on which your major foreign stations were
loudest during each session. Explain the differences
in signal strength from one period to the next.
- Discuss the purpose of and careers in short-wave
- Visit a radio installation approved in advance by your counselor
(ham radio station, broadcast station, or public service communications
center, for example). Discuss what types of equipment you saw
in use, how it was used, what types of license are required
to operate and maintain the equipment, and the purpose of the
BSA Advancement ID#: 93
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1996
Requirements last revised in 1998