Two Notts Brownie units teamed to reach out to members of Girlguiding around the world over the radio waves.
Girls from 12th and 14th West Bridgford Brownies were taking part in Thinking Day on the Air, an annual event which uses the facilities offered by amateur radio stations to put members of the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in touch with each other.
Local radio hams Mike Swanwick, Ian Godlington and Richard O’Sullivan from Nunsfield House Amateur Radio Group had visited the units the previous week to help familiarise the girls with the technology, sharing tips on radio communication and providing an introduction to the phonetic alphabet.
“On the day we had three radios operating at different frequencies – one covering the East Midlands, one into Europe and another to try and talk to radio enthusiasts in the USA,” explains Deborah Phelps, Brown Owl with the 14th West Bridgford Brownies.
“Poor weather made some of the frequencies tricky, but we did get to speak to Guides in Glasgow and Eire, as well as to several local radio amateurs.
“Two of our newest recruits – Eleanor and Amelia, both aged seven – even made their Brownie promise over the radio!’
The girls exchanged call signs and greetings with everyone they managed to talk to, finding out their name and where they were from. QSL cards – akin to postcards – have been made and despatched to them all and the Brownies are hopeful they will receive some in return.
All the Brownies taking part received a special Thinking Day on the Air badge: combined with other activities, the experience also helped the girls to gain their Brownie Communicator badges.
“We’re very grateful to the volunteers who gave their time and expertise to make this such an exciting experience for our girls,” added Deborah.
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Photo: Members of 12th and 14th West Bridgford Brownies tuned in to share Thinking Day on the Air. Pictured is Brownie Libby Shears (10) with Richard O’Sullivan from Nunsfield House Amateur Radio Group.