Within the next few months I have committed to earning the second of three ham licenses and will go for the General license in amature radio.
The ham is your best friend in a disaster, and because of the way radio signals ‘propigate’ a ham a thousand miles away might be the one who hears a distress call or aid in sending you help. A General ham license will mean greater ability to serve the community better by being able to talk and send Morse Code in such emergency.
Recently I turned in documentation showing more than 12 months work toward the service star award in BPSA-US.
One portion of the service star to go.
“Serving” hot wings tonight!
Grilled 40 lbs of donated chicken wings to get them all smokey and browned up. Grilled
about half way done and then tossed them into the slow cooker to finish the job.
Added cayenne pepper and habanero hot sauce. That is about it.
This Rover at the event
They did not last long. Considering the size of the crowds we have had the last couple of years at N. 14th Street & St. Louis Avenue it was bigger this year.
#nationalnightout #roverscout #bpsa
The Rover Scout motto in the BPSA-US is “Service“.
It’s part of the whole concept of errant knighthood, looking to do something useful other than fighting windmills, of course. BPSA-US Rover Scouts are adult scouts, much as Lord Baden-Powell envisioned when he helped start the scouting movement early in the 20th Century.
The idea of course is to be helpful, as it states in the Scout Law. Perpetuate a lifestyle of being useful in the scout group and in the community at large. Encouraging others to do the same.
Scouting is a great structure to let your inner-nerd shine, particularly for the introvert. So far I’ve had success at being useful in the community. Thus far:
- As a licensed ham radio operator, KE0JIT. At present as a Technician license operator. Ham radio licensees are your best friend during any disaster. With study I would like to go for the General license in 2019.
- A secret project. Nope, not saying what it is here. It wouldn’t be a secret if I did.
- Disaster relief (Hurricane Maria) in Puerto Rico through the La Hormiga Project and La Travesia Iglesia.
- Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – Emergency Services. If you get lost, or there is a downed pilot, we’ll help come find you. I also help keep a squadron at CAP safe.
CAP balloon launch SAREX
Making friends in Havana
Rebuilding what was broken in Hurricane Maria
This Rover near Viñales, Cuba
Rover Scout: “Service”
And there is other stuff, mostly less organized or more personal.
And during late 2018 into 2019 because time management may not be as big of an issue, I hope to assist in the scout group specifically. Chiefly the 1st Lone Scouts is my aim, but we’ll see what happens. Juggling priorities has been an obstacle to attending a hullabaloo or assisting at a BPSA -US Brownsea scout training.
It was slow.
It was hot.
Homes were rebuilt.
New building skills were acquired (I learned some masonry and rebar fabrication).
A modest hike occurred.
Insect bites were suffered (and continue to be).
Having mechanical and carpentry skills is good! The ability to serve the people of Puerto Rico was a blessing and honor.
Vaya con Dios
Word has it prior to departure that our work team will assist “La Hormiga” as they work on demolition in a suburb of San Juan, PR. The homes do not qualify for FEMA funds because the occupants didn’t legally own the property, so private groups are assisting with the rebuild. The state government is assisting the squatters with acquiring legal right to the land. I do wish them well and not the speed with which matters typically happen on ‘island time’.
The days will be long in the sun. I am looking forward to cool nights and coqui frogs chirping all night.
Never been to a conference like this. Scheduled for the first week of April. Looks to be interesting! I also expect to hike a bit of Memphis. Hiking the urban terrain is challenging.