Anritsu Company announces it has donated 26 handheld radios to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that will be used by Boy Scouts seeking to get involved with amateur radio and earn their Radio Merit Badge. The donation, made possible by an upgrade to Anritsu's onsite two-way radio system, is part of Anritsu's on-going global commitment to foster wireless technology education and support worthy community organizations.
"Anritsu has a global charter to actively support organizations that benefit people, technologies, and communities," said Donn Mulder, Anritsu Senior VP and General Manager of the Microwave Measurements Division. "The Boy Scouts of America have a strong legacy of teaching youth, and scouts who were first exposed to radio communications during their pursuit of the Radio Merit Badge have gone on to make numerous contributions in the fields of science and engineering. Our donation is a sign of our appreciation to the work done by the Boy Scouts, as well as an investment in an organization that will continue to help inspire future engineers."
BearCom, a nationwide wireless equipment dealer and integrator who worked with Anritsu to complete the onsite radio system upgrade, also participated in the donation, which was given to the Boy Scouts of America Santa Clara County Council. Scout leaders and volunteers who are amateur radio operators will modify the handheld radios for use on amateur radio bands, so that scouts may use them during events and camps held by the Santa Clara County Council.
"We are very thankful and appreciative of the donation from Anritsu," said Ron Schoenmehl, Director and Support Services, Boy Scouts of America, Santa Clara County Council. "The Radio Merit Badge is a wonderful introduction to wireless technology. Through the donation from Anritsu, we will be able to teach scouts about the different types of radios and how they operate."