Club Build-a-thon

Recently Kai MM1AUF, Eunice MM3UVL & Stephi MM3YGE along with other club members from Greenock District Scout & Guide ARC have been busy exercising their electronic, mechanical and soldering skills, building several Morse code practice oscillators. The concept behind the     Build-a-thon project was to construct a device which could be used while delivering the communicator badge work for Beaver, Cubs and Scouts, using easily obtainable and inexpensive components.

 

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The circuit was based on the ubiquitous “555 chip”. The hardware consisted of a “clip lock”box which contained the speaker, battery and chip. The Morse key was constructed using an everyday clothes peg, a block of wood and a rubber “O” ring.

 

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The six oscillators and Morse keys which were made have already seen action at the 10th Greenock and District Scout camp and proved to be a big hit with everyone. Club members are already considering modifications to improve the product so watch this space.

 

 

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