Workshop at S.Thomas’ Preparatory School


RSSL outreach program continues

An introductory lecture on Amateur Radio was held at S. Thomas’ Preparatory School today.

Reported by Nadila Kulanatha

The event was organized together by The Scouts of the school and the Radio Society of Sri Lanka.
The young scouts were given an engaging lecture by the RSSL secretary Mr. Victor Goonetilleke (4S7VK) and Mr. Bharat Aponso (4S6ABC) on what amateur radio is, various aspects of it, and what scouts can do with amateur radio—in line with the scout motto “Always Prepared.”

Next, the scouts were allowed to operate on a simplex frequency (145.550 MHz) under the guidance of experienced Hams from the RSSL, where they gained hands-on training on how to operate an amateur radio station, operating procedures, and etiquette on the air.

Finally, the day ended with a demonstration of Slow Scan Television (SSTV). The young scouts were particularly interested in how SSTV, and similar picture transmission modes, are used in the real world, such as transmitting weather data through WEFAX.For this demonstration, a recording of a WEFAX intercept was shared with us by Dilusha Samarasekara (NH2OD), an SDR/antenna enthusiast.

The scouts learned how various methods, and amateur radio as a whole, can help with their mission. The session ended with hopes of reuniting with these young and bright minds in the upcoming Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event. Mr. Victor Goonetilleke (4S7VK), Mr. Dhammika Fernando (4S7DF), Mr.Bharath Aponso (4S6ABC), Ms. Prarthana Liyanage (4S7PL), and Nadila Kulanatha participated in the event on behalf of the Radio Society of Sri Lanka.

The RSSL hopes this event aided in adding more younger voices to the air in the near future.

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  1. Our Scout Group is immensely grateful for the enlightening sessions on Ham radio. The engaging lessons have sparked curiosity among our Scouts, fostering a desire to explore further. The interactive approach and simplified explanations have made this complex subject accessible to all. The enthusiasm ignited by these sessions is evident as our Scouts continue to discuss and research beyond the classroom. We appreciate the dedication in nurturing their inquisitiveness, providing a valuable skillset for their future endeavors. These efforts have not only educated but also inspired, leaving an indelible mark on our Scouts’ educational journey. We are truly grateful to everyone who assisted planning the event and volunteered to the event. We are also hopeful for RSSL’s support towards JOTA JOTI. Thank you for kindling their curiosity.

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