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Boy Scout Troop 20 Station:


- Yaesu FT-840 100W

- LDG Z-100 ATU

- MFJ 40-6 meter OCF Dipole at 25'

- 2m/70cm Copper J-pole at 29'


- Yaesu FT-817 field radio set w/W4RT OBP Microphone (5W PEP)

- Xiegu CS108G+ field radio set (20W PEP)

- LDG Z-11 ATU

- Talentcell 11,000 mAh Battery Pack (good for whole weekend at 10-15W)

- Windcamp Gipsy Dipole (40-6 meters)

- MFJ 1899T (80-2 meters)

- Sainsonic VV-898E 25W Backpack VHF/UHF Transceiver Set with portable J-pole Antenna

- Baofeng GT-3WP Handhelds (WS5BSA/P1, P2, P3, P4 ) with Nelson Slim Jim antennas for enhanced range from campsites

Our club was founded on 27 October 2016 with the mission to promote STEM and emergency preparedness through amateur radio.  Our goal is for every Scout and Scouter to obtain his or her amateur radio license.  Our club is open to all registered Scouts and Scouters.  We provide amateur radio services at district and council camping events and participate in JOTA and SOTA.  We operate QRP on campouts and treks, using portable solar panels to recharge the battery pack.  We promote the Leave No Trace principles and batteries are the "no brainer" solution.  QRP has not significantly limited our operations...rather, we continue to be surprised at just how well QRP does work, even with subpar antenna setups and operating out of restrictive terrain.

We have recently started to use EchoLink and IRLP whenever possible for reachback to our troop and families when we are camping out of state, with a club operator hosting the local link for the families.  We hope to eventually establish a -L EchoLink repeater at our Troop Hut once we get internet service.

So far, 75% of our club members have earned the Radio Merit Badge.  We've built several antennas for HF, VHF, and UHF.  Our next project will be the construction of a 10 meter wire Yagi for use at campsites to attempt to catch some good DX.  We are going on a 7-day trek in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in 2018 and look forward to taking our QRP radio set with us and making contacts from the great north woods of Minnesota.

A special note on the Xiegu 108G...we purchased this radio (the CS108G+ version) for field work and backpacking.  We have been thoroughly impressed with this little radio.  We drive it to 10W (occasionally 15W) from a battery pack and use a Windcamp gipsy dipole antenna that is usually about 15-20' above ground.  We have logged lots of contacts with this radio and often don't even notice that it is QRP.  With the speech compression set at 5:1 or lower, audio reports are good.  The built-in SWR analyzer makes antenna setup very easy.  The radio is small and light, sturdy, stupid simple to operate, sensitive enough in reception for its power output (if we can hear it, we can ususally talk to it), and gets good mileage per amp of battery power.  This radio is a winner in our book!  Our only regret is that it doesn't do 6 meters.

Check us out on Google Sites (http://sites.google.com/site/WS5BSA)




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