History of the Radio Club
The Radio Club was set up in 2006 with the help of an Awards for All Lottery Grant. The membership at that time was four adults – Bob & Eunice Lynch & George & Kai McClintock. Bob, George & Kai are members of Greenock & District Scouts Active Support and Eunice is a Beaver Sectional Assistant and also a Guide Leader in Greenock Division Guides. Membership now stands at eight with the addition of 1 adult (District Scouts Active Support Member), 1 Scout & 2 Guides.
During 2007 – the Centenary Year of Scouting, the Radio Club were involved in many radio activities throughout the District and beyond. Special Event stations were held at many outdoor activities throughout the District including
· Greenock District Scouts Centenary Camp
· International Museums on the Air
· The Scout Association Sunrise Ceremony
· The Greenock District Scouts Centenary Exhibition
· The 50th Scout Jamboree on the Air
Some of our club members, including one who had just successfully completed her training as a result of this project and obtained an Amateur Radio licence, were invited to operate the special Scout World Jamboree Radio Station at Chelmsford, England. This station not only communicated with the Space Shuttle but also provided a radio experience for the 28,000 young people – girls and boys, aged between 14 and 17 – and 12,000 adult leaders from more than 150 countries who attended the World Jamboree.
In the subsequent following years we have participated in many special event radio stations for both Greenock District Scouts & Greenock Division & Renfrewshire County Guides. We regularly take part in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) & Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA), International Museums on the Air. We have also supplied Amateur Radio as an activity at District & Division Camps & National Camps.
Additional activities that the club now offer include Summits on the Air (SOTA) hikes & Geocaching as outdoor activities.
The club have introduced an outreach activity where a mobile Amateur Radio Station is taken out to Sectional meetings as part of Activity Badges & Challenge Awards.