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Icom America Announces Local Council Station Loan Program with Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts of America Amateur Radio

BELLEVUE, WA – Icom America, industry-leading amateur radio manufacturer, extends its recent Boy Scouts of America (BSA) partnership by providing up to ten complete amateur stations for use by local Scouts councils. The amateur radio loan program comprises two loans: a development loan station and an event loan station. Interested parties may download program information and a loan station application on the BSA’s Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) web page. The duration of the program begins in 2012 and extends through 2015.

Scout councils awarded a development loan station can develop and strategize long-term installation for its Radio Scouting programs. The development loan award is expected to last no longer than 12 months. Local councils applying for an event loan station may use their stations for special events including but not limited to: the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day and BSA workshops.

Boy Scouts of America Amateur Radio Kit

"These stations can be used to support Radio merit badges, Jamboree on the Air, or other council events to introduce Scouts to the fun and technology of amateur radio while communicating across the country and around the world," says National Radio Scouting Committee Chairman Jim Wilson, K5ND.

Icom’s amateur radio station kits consist of the manufacturer’s IC-7200, an entry-level HF transceiver with advanced digital features. Other loan station components include Icom’s AT-180 antenna tuner, PS-126 power supply, SM-30 desk microphone, SP-5 external speaker, AH-710 folded dipole antenna, and suitable connecting cables. According to Icom America Amateur Division Manager Ray Novak, N9JA, "Ten complete station kits have been assembled and are ready for delivery."

In May 2012, Icom America became the official amateur radio transceiver and repeater supplier for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The company has been a proud supporter of BSA since 1981. For information on Icom America’s amateur radio product line, visit www.icomamerica.com/amateur.

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