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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Technician Licensing Class and Radio Merit Badge - Post 187
Location 225 E. Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
1/11/2020 8:30 1/25/2020 16:00
Open for Registration Last day to Register
10/1/2019   1/4/2020
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
1 $0.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Occoneechee Neuse River DISTRICT

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Email Mr Chris Cancilla (W4CEC) (, the Event Manager

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Radio AM225 E. Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587 102524 Mr Chris Cancilla (W4CEC)
Sponsor Information
WF4TAL, The American Legion Amater Radio Club (TALARC)  Post 187 - part of the American Legion Post 187 in Wake Forest, NC is holding a Technician Class Licensing Course and Radio Merit Badge class.  There is no cost to attend this activity, Lunch is not included.

Scouts wishing to get the Radio Merit Badge in addition to the peparation to take your FCC test, bring with you a water bottle, your lunch, pen, paper, the completed merit badge pamphlet and the blue card with your information completely filled in and readable.  Wear your FIELD (class A) uniform.  You must attend and participate in ALL THREE Saturday class in order to complete the Radio Merit badge.

We are partnering with FCARC (Franklin County Amateur Radio Club) to offer a 3-consecutive-Saturday Technician Licensing Class.  Attending this course will prepare you for the FCC exam which will take place on February 16, 2019 around noon.  

The American Legion is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for veterans and their families, teach the youth of the community, and helping the community in any way possible.
Radio Merit Badge / Technician Level Licensing Course

TALARC 187 is offering the Amateur Radio Licensing Class on three consecutive Saturdays, January 11, January  18, and 35 of 2030.  Anyone can attend, and Scouts who attend ALL THREE SATURDAYS will complete the requirements for the Radio Merit Badge in additional to being prepared to take the FCC test.


Scouts must Pre-read the MB Book, fill out the worksheet and be ready to ask questions!


Counselor Information

There will be several licensed Amateur Radio Operators attending and teaching that day .  There are certified Merit Badge councilors, several of them actually, who are members of the TALARC 187 Radio Club at the American Legion Post

There is no cost to participate or take the exam

Scouts are urged to ‘be prepared’ and bring whatever they will need including food and water. 

    The class will start approximately 8:00AM - please try to be on-site between 7:30AM and 7:45AM.

  •     We request that a minimum of 1 adult leader per unit be present.  More if they are interested in Radio!

    • You can take the class, and the exam, also.

  •     Members of the media may be present, and we request a Class 'A' Uniform be worn.

  •     By attending this class, you acknowledge that pictures may be taken by the press to use in  publications or posts.

This is not an easy, run of the mill, Merit Badge and does require a little preparedness. 

The official BSA description and requirements are at:                 


Please download the Radio Merit Badge Workbook and fill this out prior to coming to the workshop. 

This will save a substantial amount of time so we can get to the fun part of the class.

This workbook will help you with your work, --BUT-- you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet (book) that you purchase from the Scout Shop

Things to Do Before Coming to the Merit Badge Class

Download and print the following documents and familiarize yourself with them prior to the course. 

BRING them with you to the course.

  a. (these are the current requirements)


               (fill out at much of this worksheet as you can)

ACQUIRE, READ (prior to the event) and BRING the current Merit Badge pamphlet.

      a.    Please have any specific questions you want to address written down.

      b.    You do not have to build the crystal radio, but it's fun!

RADIO MERIT BADGE Pre-Reqs - Before attending the session, please do the following:



  1. Fill out the worksheets as complete as possible.  In order to save classroom time, draw/chart the following items in the worksheet.  That way you'll be less rushed during the course.  If you cannot get the chart done, don’t worry come anyway.  You may have to do some "post" class work before your blue card can be signed but we'll work with you to get that done


2a -Sketch a diagram showing how radio waves travel locally and around the world. Explain how the broadcast radio stations, WWV and WWVH can be used to help determine what you will hear when you listen to a shortwave radio?

Draw the chart of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (Requirement 3 a, b, c) before the class and bring it with you.  That way you'll be less rushed during the course.  If you can't get the chart done, don’t' worry come anyway.  You may have to do some "post" class work before your blue card can be signed but we'll work with you to get that done.

3a - Draw a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum covering 100 kilohertz (kHz) to 1000 megahertz (MHz).

3b - Label the MF, HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave portions of the spectrum on your diagram.

3c - Locate on your chart at least eight radio services such as AM and FM commercial broadcast, citizens band (CB), television, amateur radio (at least four amateur radio bands), and public service (police and fire).

5b - Draw a block diagram for a radio station that includes a transceiver, amplifier, microphone, antenna, and feed line.

5d - Draw eight schematic symbols. Explain what three of the represented parts do. Find three electrical components to match to three of these symbols


  1. A fully completed Merit Badge Application card for Radio Merit Badge signed by your Scoutmaster.   The card will be updated with tasks completed and returned signed at the end of the session. Include evidence of any requirements you may have completed in advance.

  2. Class A Uniform requested 

  3. A notebook or clipboard to write on and 2 pencils or pens. 

  4. Snacks (quiet type) and drinks.  Bring your lunch! 

  5. 1 Adult per troop requested 

  6. Report promptly, well rested, interested and ready to learn!

This is a PUBLIC EVENT and your family is invited to observe and get involved.

WHO KNOWS........We may just put them to work!! 

If they attend, they can test also!!

Counselor Information
Unit Sign-up Instructions
Unit leaders:  

  • Please sign up for this merit badge as a unit, even if there is only one scout attending. (we understand)

  • This ensures at least one adult will be present with and for each unit minimum.

  • There is no cost to sign up or attend

  • bring a water bottle

  • bring snacks

  • There are picnic tables outside and a backpack/campstove can be used. 

    • no open fires or coals, sorry.

  • There are tables and chairs in the room which can be used in the event the weather is uncooperative.

REGISTRATION is completed both HERE and on

There three classes that, if you listen, will give you the information you need to pass the FCC Licensing Exam, which will be administered on the third weekend. 

Before you register on, you need an FRN. 

Information to get an FRN is also on that website.

Payment Instructions for the Unit
Directions to the Event
The American Legion is located across the street from the Wake Forest post office at 225 E. Holding Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
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Release Information
Please remember there will be pictures taken during the class at various times.  You agree the American Legion, and the BSA, can use these images in newsletters and other locations needed.
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