Over 170,000 Scouts have been introduced to Amateur Radio through Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Icom America’s sponsorship renewal of their support for amateur radio programs. Through this agreement, Icom is the official amateur radio transceiver supplier for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, will provide equipment and technical support for the K2BSA radio operation, the Radio merit badge, and Jamboree‐on‐the‐Air. In addition, Icom America is continuing to sponsor an amateur radio station loan program for local Boy Scout councils with ten separate loaner sets that move around the country.
Icom has supported the Boy Scouts of America’s jamboree amateur radio operation, K2BSA, since 1981. Over those nine Jamborees, tens of thousands of Scouts have experienced amateur radio as a potential lifetime hobby or as an entry to a vocation in technology and communication.
For the 2017 jamboree, Icom America is providing all amateur radio transceivers, associated power supplies, microphones, and speakers. They are also supporting the VHF and UHF repeaters they installed for the 2013 jamboree that support BSA activities and the local community.
In addition to supporting the jamboree, Icom America and the BSA selects local councils to receive a loan of a complete amateur radio station for use in merit badge advancement activities and to introduce Scouts to the fun and technology of amateur radio. Up to 10 stations are available for this program.
Since its introduction as the Wireless merit badge in 1918, more than 172,482 Scouts have
earned the Radio merit badge. The BSA, by virtue of its active membership and its outdoor program, represents a significant source of potential new radio operators looking to use amateur radio for emergency communications while in the field, as well as for education, experimentation, and friendship.
Leveraging Icom’s expertise in state‐of‐the‐art amateur radio equipment, the BSA is able to offer a first‐class experience to jamboree participants and to the local councils selected for the station loan program.
Icom America is also a supporter of Jamboree‐on‐the‐Air (JOTA), the largest Scouting event in the world, with 1,065,812 participants in 2014. In 2014, more than 11,575 amateur radio stations from 157 countries participated in the event, which takes place the third weekend of October each year. To find out more about JOTA, visit www.scouting.org/jota.
About Icom America
Icom America Inc. is part of Icom Incorporated, which was started in 1954 with a focus on designing, engineering, and manufacturing highly advanced, compact, solid‐state radio equipment for use in the amateur radio industry. The company’s product line has expanded to include communications equipment and products based in the marine, avionics, land mobile, and wideband receiver industries. For more information on Icom America, please visit www.icomamerica.com/en/amateur/.
About the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association
The K2BSA Amateur Radio Association is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit that operates to support Radio Scouting activities and is considered the amateur radio station for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council. It has operated at every national Scout jamboree since 1977. You can learn more at www.k2bsa.net.