Search

Amateur radio group helps girl guides go international

PUBLISHED: 10:19 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 21 February 2018

Amateur radio group visits girl guides. The trailer pictured was bought using money from the RSGB to help bring amateur radio to  the younger generation. Picture: Peter Stainton

Amateur radio group visits girl guides. The trailer pictured was bought using money from the RSGB to help bring amateur radio to the younger generation. Picture: Peter Stainton

Archant

Eight members of a north Norfolk-based amateur radio group have been teaching girl guides how to contact colleagues around the world as part of Thinking on The Air Day.

The team from Bittern DX’s educational outreach project made the journey to the village hall in Saham Toney, near Swaffham, to speak to about 60 rainbows, brownies, guides and their adult leaders.

Thinking on the Air Day is an opportunity for the members of girlguiding from the youngest rainbow to the oldest trefoil guild member to talk to other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts via amateur radio.

On this day each year members remember the founders of the movement and take part in various activities to think about their sisters throughout the world.

The girl guides were given the chance to find a transmitter 50 yards away, shown how the Morse code works, and they all keyed their name correctly, earning a certificate.

They were then allowed to talk on air to each other using handsets before being introduced to VHF working with each participant correctly conducting a meaningful conservation with a club member outside on a handheld.

One brownie had a short conversation with an amateur in Germany.

Next they were shown the principles and techniques behind satellite working with three conversations conducted.

Peter Stainton, publicity officer for the Bittern DX, said: “Club members found it very rewarding to see the young people take part in our hobby.

“One brownie said it had blown her mind away to see what we could do. But as a counterbalance, when being told how we could talk around the world and beyond, one commented ‘I just use Skype’.”

The group’s outreach project is aimed at bringing an amateur radio experience to the general public and was given a boost last year with a grant of almost £10,000 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund for new club equipment.

The group also received money from the Radio Society of Great Britain Legacy Fund (RSGB) to help buy a trailer and new generator.

For more information visit www.bittern-dxers.org.uk/

Other news

Yesterday, 17:57

Two Norfolk teachers were recognised today for their exceptional abilities in the classroom.

Yesterday, 15:47

Pupils from a number of primary schools in the Dereham area have come together to take part in a themed literacy and numeracy day.

Yesterday, 15:36

A gym, a brass band and the Benjamin Foundation are among the groups and projects given a boost in the latest distribution of funds from a council fund.

Yesterday, 14:45

A high school teacher from Norfolk has been named the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Champion of the Year.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:57

Two Norfolk teachers were recognised today for their exceptional abilities in the classroom.

Read more
Wymondham College
Yesterday, 15:47

Pupils from a number of primary schools in the Dereham area have come together to take part in a themed literacy and numeracy day.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:36

A gym, a brass band and the Benjamin Foundation are among the groups and projects given a boost in the latest distribution of funds from a council fund.

Read more
North Norfolk District Council
Yesterday, 14:45

A high school teacher from Norfolk has been named the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Champion of the Year.

Read more
Norfolk
Yesterday, 13:15

Norfolk-based soldiers have spearheaded a multi-national battlefield training exercise in Poland to reassure eastern European nations of their safety from any potential Russian invasion.

Read more
Poland

Most Commented

Yesterday, 17:57

Two Norfolk teachers were recognised today for their exceptional abilities in the classroom.

Read more
Wymondham College
Yesterday, 15:47

Pupils from a number of primary schools in the Dereham area have come together to take part in a themed literacy and numeracy day.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:36

A gym, a brass band and the Benjamin Foundation are among the groups and projects given a boost in the latest distribution of funds from a council fund.

Read more
North Norfolk District Council
Yesterday, 14:45

A high school teacher from Norfolk has been named the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Champion of the Year.

Read more
Norfolk
Yesterday, 13:15

Norfolk-based soldiers have spearheaded a multi-national battlefield training exercise in Poland to reassure eastern European nations of their safety from any potential Russian invasion.

Read more
Poland

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 8°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Dereham Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy