Norman teenager builds NOAA weather radio antennas for Eagle Scout project | New
It took little deliberation for Joshua Khor to decide how he wanted to approach his Eagle Scout project.
According to the Boy Scouts of America, an Eagle Scout project must have a positive impact on a school, religious institution or community. In Tornado Alley, Khor saw an opportunity to help people stay safe by building antennas for NOAA weather radios, increasing their range and strength.
Khor said many weather radio antennas lack the signal strength required to work in storm shelters, hospitals and school buildings.
“When you’re in the middle of a school, a lot of the signal can be blocked and you won’t be able to get reception,” Khor said. “Sure, you have cell phones, but if a cell phone tower breaks down or the cell signal is weak in a storm shelter, the antennas I have built help improve that reception to get updates. up to date weather forecast. “
The City of Norman Emergency Management Division is the beneficiary of Khor’s work.
David Grizzle, emergency management coordinator for the city of Norman, said the Khor project allows the city to distribute external antennas to those who have difficulty getting a strong signal, with an initial priority on buildings of the city and schools.
“It’s a big project, and the community should be proud of its efforts,” Grizzle said.
By building antennas for NOAA weather radios, Khor said he was able to undertake a project that connects his interest in STEM projects to the community.
After taking over his father’s amateur radio hobby and the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society, Khor knew he wanted to focus his project on working with radio stations.
“I wanted to use my skills and my passion on a project that I love, so I landed on this project, which I think will encourage young Scouts to consider unique projects based on their interests,” Khor said. .
Building the antennas was a somewhat meticulous process, he said. Khor glued RCA plugs to the antenna and threaded the copper wire through it. The process takes about 40 minutes for each antenna.
“It can get technical, as it requires a lot of soldering and the use of exacto knives to cut the wire – things that seem simple, but took quite a while,” Khor said. “There are a lot of technical things, so I had to learn some knowledge. “
Khor said members of the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society were eager to offer their help when and how they could.
He said that while he was testing his first antenna, club members helped him polish things up and provided feedback on the build process.
After the project was completed, Khor went through a board review process that assessed the impact of his project. Now he is waiting for the validation of the request from the national office.
In addition to discussing his project, the council spoke to Khor about the responsibilities of an Eagle Scout.
Khor said his time as a Boy Scout allowed him to strengthen his leadership skills, a trait synonymous with Eagle Scouts.
“Every time I did my board exam, Eagle Scouts would talk about the fact that when you carry that rank you are supposed to lead in a lot of situations,” Khor said. “It also provides life skills, like how to administer first aid when needed.”
Twenty-four branches later, Khor passed the project on to the radio company, so members could help other organizations in need. As a club member, he can continue to help build new branches.
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