Amateur Radio Operator Scout Interest Badge
Note: A Scout may earn this badge if they present external accreditation from one of the following bodies:
- South African Radio League (SARL)
- Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
- Any Amateur Radio Club affiliated to the SARL can act as a training institution and/or an examination venue.
The Amateur Radio badge is only awarded to Scouts who pass the Class B radio amateur examination and hold the Class B licence issued by ICASA. They need to show proof of holding the Class B (ZU). If the Scout holds a Class A (ZR / ZS) license the holder is also entitled to be awarded the Amateur Radio Operator Licence badge.
- Be familiar with basic electrical units, symbols, and simple calculations:
- Electric circuits.
- Power and resistance.
- Ohm's law.
- Alternating current and voltage.
- Be familiar with and explain the relationship between frequency and wavelength to the examiner.
- Be familiar with transmitters:
- Block diagram of a simple transmitter.
- Types of modulation (FM, AM, SSB, CW).
- Be familiar with receivers and understand a block diagram of a simple receiver and detector.
- Be familiar with feed lines and antennas:
- Feed lines, coaxial cable, and suitable plugs.
- Types of antennas: dipole, ground antennas, end-fed antennas.
- Antenna adjustment.
- Antenna matchers/tuners.
- Standing waves and the measurement of standing wave ratios, emitted power, and effective radiated power.
- Dummy loads.
- Be familiar with propagation:
- Wave propagation.
- Propagation range.
- The ionosphere.
- Daily changes in propagation.
- Be familiar with electromagnetic compatibility:
- Causes of disturbances.
- How to minimise problems.
- Earthing and antenna types.
- Power and types of radiation.
- Immunity to interference.
- Social aspects of disturbances.
- Sources of help.
- Be familiar with the following safety features:
- High voltages and currents.
- Household plugs and earthing.
- Location of antennas.
- General electric shock risks.
- Have a good knowledge and understanding of the Radio Regulations, as they pertain to amateur radio.
- Complete a practical test as determined by the requirements for a licence. It involves the correct set up a radio and the accompanying antenna (s) and power supply; use of the controls, making 5 radio contacts using the correct radio procedure and maintain a Logbook where applicable.
Requirements in PDF