Girl Guides receive basic training in wireless communication
Over 20 girl guides from the No. 28 Kingstown Guide Company (St Joseph’s Convent Kingstown) were given their first exposure to amateur radio (Ham Radio) and wireless communications as part of Guiding activities.
Rainbow Radio League (RRL) Director, Donald De Riggs was invited by Guide Leader Oneka Morgan to share his skills in this field.
De Riggs informed the young ladies that communications is essential for everyday activities. He noted that the phonetic alphabet which they learned was essential for pilots, air traffic controllers, aviation service personnel, sea captains, military and para-military organisations among others including Ham radio.
The activity, which was held at the Girl Guides headquarters at Level Garden on Friday, November 10 saw the use of two popular forms of wireless communications, namely; VHF (very high frequency) and HF (High frequency) communications with both types of radios and antennas in use.
During the activity, contacts were made with local radio amateurs including Albert Browne J88CT and Lavel Mapp J88LM.
Oneka Morgan was assisted by other guiders including Arielle Durrant and Ophelia Phillips.
(Report submitted by: Donald De Riggs).