Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Drew Vitello - 2014

Project: Development and Installation of interactive, 3-D, educational playground mural at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Troop Radios

0002837791012_500X500In light of all of the adventures that Troop 501 has, we have invested in some new Cobra CXT595 FRS/GMRS two-way radios. These radios are rugged and durable, water proof, and have a range of up to 32 miles (in the most ideal line-of-sight conditions). As the best ranges are obtained on the higher power GMRS channels, we will operate on Channel 15 (channel 05 is on the FRS frequency, and uses lower power, producing a weaker signal). To reduce interference from other users on other radios, we will use CTCSS code 01. By using CTCSS encoding, we maintain backwards compatibility with older handsets that do not have DCS encoding. The display should read 1501. Cobra handsets that feature 15 channels will need to be tuned to channel 11. Though Troop 501’s radios are compatible with other brands of FRS/GMRS radios, some field testing may be required to synchronize tuning. Another feature of these radios is that they will automatically receive severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service. The manual is available, here.

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