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Cub Scout Pack 577 uses amateur radios primarily for safety. Many locations we visit, including the Grand Canyon National Park, Natural Bridge State Park and the Tonto National Forest, do not have cell phone service. Whenever traveling we carry an amateur radio, which does not rely on cell phone networks for communication.
While visiting these locations we take the opportunity for scouts to practice using an amateur radio. While camping on the top of Mt. Graham, at an elevation of 8,600 feet, our Cub Scouts were able to use the amateur radio to speak with individuals in Sierra Vista, Tucson, and Phoenix.
Cub Scout Pack 577 participates in Jamboree-on-the-Air every year, an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in our own community. This event gives scouts more exposure to amateur radio technology. You can check out the amateur radio logbook of KG7AYA below, which includes our Jamboree-on-the-Air contacts. KG7AYA is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) call sign of Rob Brown, Cub Scout Pack 577’s volunteer amateur radio operator.
In addition to using amateur radio Cub Scout Pack 577 also uses General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) for internal communications while camping or hiking. Pack 577 has two GMRS FCC licenses, WQVR833 and WQVR959. These FCC licenses allow Cub Scout Pack 577 to broadcast within a specific set of frequencies at 5 watts. The ability to broadcast at 5 watts allows our base camp volunteers to keep in constant contact with smaller groups who are hiking or fishing. In addition, these GMRS licenses allow Cub Scouts to practice their amateur radio skills.