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Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch
The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR) operators, often called “hams”, will be participating in a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day exercise, February 3, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada facility on Harris Ave., Las Vegas. 

Young girls operating Amateur Radio Equipment
Young girls operating Amateur Radio Equipment

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has developed a special Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts. The Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program will inspire girls to learn fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology and take action in their communities to apply communications to connect people, provide safety, and explore related careers.

Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio and do hands‐on activities with Amateur Radio. They can also learn about broadcast radio, emergency and public service communications, and explore ways wireless technologies are used in everyday life and in the workplace.

The SOAR women are excited to share what it means to be an amateur radio operator and to show the girls that they can communicate around the world using amateur radio as part of the Girl Scout’s program to kindle an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects and careers. “As a girl‐led and girl‐focused organization, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada understands the importance of providing science and engineering educational programming to girls of all ages, said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “By partnering with SOAR, we look forward to inspiring all Girl Scouts to pursue a lifelong love of communication and global goodwill.”

Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. For more information about amateur radio activities in Southern Nevada, contact John Bigley, Nevada Section Manager at 702.673.0904 or via email at [email protected] or visit http://www.lasvegasfieldday.com/.

For more information on ham radio, visit www.arrl.org/what‐is‐ham‐radio.