Complete the requirements in any one of the following alternatives:

Alternative A - Radio communication

  1. Complete the following three tasks:
    1. Log 25 different amateur radio stations, showing date, time, call sign, frequency, readability and location. Some broadcast stations may be included.
    2. Demonstrate how to tune a simple communications receiver.
    3. Give an example of a typical greetings message.
  2. Explain in simple terms how radio waves travel around the world. Know the more commonly used HF and VHF amateur frequency bands.
  3. Complete the following two tasks:
    1. Know the phonetic alphabet and define at least eight international Q code signals.
    2. Demonstrate your ability to recognise call signs from the UK and near continent.
  4. Visit an amateur radio station.
  5. Understand the regulations governing the use of amateur radio equipment.


A Scout who holds or gains the Radio Amateur Novice Licence (Foundation, Intermediate or Full) or the Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence and Authority to Operate or the Flight Radio Telephone Operator's Licence automatically qualifies for this Badge

Alternative B - Communication codes

  1. Send and receive a short message by Morse code or semaphore at a rate of five words per minute.
  2. When sending and receiving a message, demonstrate that you know the appropriate procedure.
  3. Know the international phonetic alphabet and define at least eight international Q code signals.
  4. Construct a simple Morse code oscillator and send a short message.

Alternative C - Mobile and Internet communication

  1. Know how to use your mobile safely and how to keep it safe.
  2. Understand the meaning of the following terms SMS, MMS, 3G, WAP, Bluetooth.
  3. Send a creative text, multimedia or video message to invite a friend to a Scouts event.
  4. Manage a mobile phone address book, including the setting up of groups.
  5. Show you can accurately input text at a rate of 50 characters per minute.
  6. Know how to keep yourself safe when chatting online.
  7. Know how to use an instant messaging service such as MSN Messenger or AOL Instant Messenger.
  8. Show you know the meaning of some popular chat abbreviations.
  9. Send a creative and imaginative e-mail or instant message to a friend showing photos of an enjoyable Scouting activity you have been involved with.
  10. Manage an email address book, including setting up groups.


If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.