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Activities and Programs

The WD9BSA crew would like to provide Scouts with the ultimate Radio Scouting experience.   We have put together programs that will be of interest to Scouts from Tiger Cub up through Eagle.  Technology is an important part of the future we wish to share with all ages and ranks of  Scouting.  We are also currently recruiting boys and girls to form a new Venturing Crew.

Below is just a partial list of activities we’re planning for the year.  We invite individual Scouts to visit the station as well as larger groups such as Dens, Packs, Patrols, and troops.  In the future we’d also like to have a mobile station that we could transport to different events for portable radio operation.  This could be used for camping/outdoor events, public service or PR work, or to accommodate units in some of the outlying districts that are  not so close to the  Indianapolis east side.

Tiger Cub

Achievement 4G:  Go See It!  Visit a television station, radio station, or newspaper office.  Find out how people there communicate to others.


No specific Achievements or Electives in handbook.


Elective 3:  Radio

a. Build a crystal/diode radio.

b. Make and operate a battery powered radio.

We do not currently have these kits at the station, but we’d be happy to help you locate and construct them.


No specific Achievements or Electives in handbook.

Boy Scout

Radio Merit Badge

General Activities

  1. Transmitter hunting (or fox hunting as some call it).  One person carries a transmitter that is beaconing a signal–he’s the wily fox.  The others work together or in competition with each other using a receiver with directional antenna to “hunt” the fox.  This can be a challenge due to terrain, weather conditions, and trying to track a moving target.
  2. Operating the radios inside the WD9BSA station.  Here you can operate voice as well as modern digital modes.  Contact radio stations in other states as well as around the world.
  3. Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).  An international event for Scout to get on the air making contact with one another.
  4. Building fun projects.  This can be anything from crystal radio that are powered by “free energy” to constructing new or experimental antennas for the station.
  5. Earn merit badges such as Radio and Electronics.
  6. Even Cub Scouts will be able to take part in activities that will complete requirements for Achievements and Electives.


  1. Oswald Pickett says:

    Are the scouts going to participate in the 2019 Winter Field Day? haven’t been open during a lot of ham activities. I have some scouts that will be traveling with me that weekend and it would be nice to get them into a station for this. Also are the scouts in Indy on the air at all, I listen on my scanners and Indy remains a complete dead zone except for some racist lids.

    • N9IZ says:

      Thanks for your interest. I’ve taken a job that doesn’t allow me to participate with the crew any more. I just try to maintain the webpage and help as VE from time to time. I suggest you try to make contact by email using the info on the Contact/QSL page on our site. I suspect you’re referring to the 146.700 machine. The crowd varies throughout the day. I usually just stay away as I work north of Indy. Sadly, there is some unsavory activity. Hope this helps.

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