BSA Morse Code Interpreter Strip

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  1. W0IS

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    The Boy Scouts of America just announced a new "Interpreter Strip" for Morse Code. An "Interpreter Strip" on the uniform means that the Scout or adult leader is able to communicate in a particular language. The requirements for the Morse Code strip closely follow the requirements for other languages, such as francais, espanol, and Klingon. (Well, the Klingon one is actually unofficial, but Morse Code is official.)

    http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/05/04/a-blast-from-the-past-in-code/

    This will be a good incentive for my Cub Scout to learn the code, since his Cubmaster (me) will be wearing one!
     
  2. WM3O

    WM3O Ham Member QRZ Page

    i think this is excellent. my oldest is now in Boy Scouts and is almost a ham. this will spark his interest (no pun intended)
     
  3. W6UDO

    W6UDO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great idea!! Who knows? Maybe this will spark (pun intended) a revival in young folks to get their ham tickets! Vy 73 and tnx for the post! Joe
     
  4. KF7PKL

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    Really cool! Both my boys are in scouts and working on their radio badges. They learned their first word in code of "hi". Pretty simple. They routinely have me sound out license plates we see in code to them. Now they can work towards this badge.

    73
    Davis KF7PKL
     
  5. WS4E

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    This will be a great conversation starter between scouts.
     
  6. K4EHB

    K4EHB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is very cool! My son is 4 years and 5 months, but soon will be old enough to join the scouts (as I did). He speaks fluent hebrew (born in Jerusalem, Israel) and English. He also likes ham radio -- he goes with me to ham radio events and talks about getting his license. I have a very nice hw-8 for him and a couple of keys. He likes my vibroplex bug very much.

    Scouts will be good for him. Can't wait for him to grow up, but love every minute of his being a little boy.
     
  7. WA4OTD

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    That is great, kids do like morse code.
     
  8. KJ4VTH

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    Whew! I thought this was another Alec Baldwin SNL skit. :rolleyes:
     
  9. N4RRL

    N4RRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Back home, years ago, I was a Scouter(SM, ASM and also worked on District staff a while) and a group of Scouters in Selma(AL), whom I worked with on OA events, had some "Southern Drawl" interpreters strips made up - I got several from them to go on my uniform shirts as well. They were also unofficial..
    What a great group of guys and we had a blast working together.
     
  10. WA8LGM

    WA8LGM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Boy Scouts and Ham Radio! What a combination!

    This is a great thing! More hams, especially if they are/were Boy Scouts, is never a bad idea. And learning Morse Code and getting on the air with it? Well, it couldn't be better than this. More CW ops out there is always good news. --... ...-- --- -- ...-.-
     
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