Radio Activity in Sparta

sparta radio demo

In the picture we have from left to right Dietmar Fichter VE3CG, Clark Miller 18th St. Thomas, Corey Chretien 1st Aylmer and behind, Scott Van Haren in behind. In the background we have Worth Chisholm VE3BTC.
Picture by Jim Platt (Baloo) of the 1st Sparta Cubs.

Sparta went Radio Active on Wed. evening April 3rd. The Cubs from Sparta were joined by the 1st Aylmer Cub pack and the 18th Cub pack from St. Thomas for an evening of craft and learning. After a grand opening they were told that they were going to build the most powerful communication device in the world. Scouter Bill Bynsdorp and Jim Platt (Baloo) put together the kits that they were going to assemble. They consisted of a board, battery, light bulb and a steel strap (key) and some wire and hardware. This allowed them to put together a device that allowed them to send a message that could only be seen from the recipient directly in front of them.

Morse code has been in use since 1836. The telegraph was the first device to send messages using electricity. Telegraph messages were sent by tapping out a special code for each letter of the message with a telegraph key. The telegraph changed the dots and dashes of this code into electrical impulses and transmitted them over telegraph wires. A telegraph receiver on the other end of the wire converted the electrical impulses to dots and dashes on a paper tape. Later, this code became universal and is now known as Morse Code.

This was the device that the cubs built using a battery, a key, and a light bulb. All the leaders joined the youth on the floor to assemble the kits. After the program all received a comic book “Archie” with an amateur radio theme, provided by the ARRL.

They were then introduced to amateur radio by the guests Worth Chisholm, VE3BTC, Dietmar Fichter, VE3CG and Bill Park, VE3WMP who had set up 3 radio stations in the basement of the Sparta Community Center, The meeting place of the Sparta Scouting Group. They sent messages to Dave Tilley VA3TD in Port Stanley and Mike Lukasik VA3MD. My apologies if I have forgotten others that they contacted. They also were shown several Morse code keys that Bill Park had brought along. The use of the word “amateur” is not entirely correct. Most “amateur” radio operators are anything but amateur. They are professional and skilled communicators. The reason for the word amateur is that we cannot accept payment for our services.

Bill Bynsdorp VE3SRH

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