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Scouts get tuned in on radios BY EMILY SORENSEN
The Poway Amateur Radio Society, and the Palomar Amateur Radio Club came out Saturday, Oct. 19 to help 50 Cub and Boy Scouts earn their Boy Scout radio merit badge, and explore the wonders of amateur radio at the 56th annual Jamboree-on-the-AIR, held for the first time at St. Michael’s School in Poway. “It’s an awesome event,” said Jeariene Bacon, a member of the Poway Amateur Radio Society, who was helping out at the event. “It’s keeping science alive that [the Scouts] normally wouldn’t be exposed to. It’s also a good, community event to keep us together.” Bacon said about 15 members of the Poway Amateur Radio Society had come out to the event. At the all-day event, Cub and Boy Scouts from Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Penasquitos, as well as Escondido, Torrey Pines and other districts across San Diego county. “This is truly a Boy Scout council-wide event,” said Kevin Walsh, an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 686. About 25 Boy Scouts going for their radio merit badge attended a four-hour course, where they learned about how amateur radio works, safety information and spent 10 minutes talking on the radio to other Boy Scouts across the countr y. Over 350 Scouting units were participating in the Jamboree across the United States. Cub Scouts built an AM
Poway Amateur Radio Society member Charlie Ristorcelli, left, helps 7-year-old Gibson Roque communicate with a Boy Scout in Montana. radio from a kit, and also got an opportunity to talk to other Scouts over the radio, with help from the Poway Amateur Radio Society. “The kids spoke to Scouts in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah,” said Bacon. The Scouts used a special channel that the radio society pre-arranged to ensure they would only speak to fellow Scouts participating in the Jamboree. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Poway Amateur Radio Society member Charlie Ristorcelli, who goes by the call sign NN3V. Ristorcelli had been operating the amateur radio for the Scouts. “It gives the Scouts a chance to travel and talk to other Scouts.” This is the first year that the
Poway Amateur Radio Society has participated in the Jamboree-on-the-AIR, but hopefully won’t be the last, according to Ristorcelli. “I hope to be back again next year. It’d be kind of fun to keep doing it. As amateurs, we have the license to operate on the radio, so the boys can use the radio.” Ristorcelli also said the radio was good for teaching the Scouts about science. “They can learn about electromagnetism, science and the phonetic alphabet.” Helping out at the Jamboree wasn’t just good for the Scouts, but for the amateurs as well. “It keeps us young,” said Ristorcelli. “It brings back memories. We all started out doing something like this.”
NEWS BRIEFS Canavan named chief
A Poway Fire Department division chief has gone to work as the new fire chief in Encinitas. Jon Canavan began his new job on Oct. 14, according to a press released issued by the City of Encinitas. The department has six stations. Caravan will also provide operational oversight for emergency services in the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach. Canavan joined the Poway department in 2003 as a fire division chief after spending 13 years with the San Marcos department. His most recent responsibilities in Poway were as administrative chief and fire marshal. Canavan lives in Poway with his wife and two sons.
Backyard produce collections
Donate backyard produce to help local families in need. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Seven Oaks Community Center, 16789 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, and
The Connection Church, 14047 Twin Peaks Road, Poway. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-485-5449.
Chamber mixer is tonight
The business community can mix and mingle at the Poway Chamber of Commerce mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at Chrome Collision, 13175 Gregg St., Poway. Chamber members who preregister at www.poway.com get in free. Others should contact the chamber. For detail, visit the chamber website or call 858-748-0016.
Learn about Medicare
A free medicare informational seminar will be presented by Kevin Svetich at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church conference room, 16275 Pomerado Road, Poway, a presentation of the church’s Health and Wellness Ministry.