22 February 2012
A team of Army Cadets from Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF are winners of 'Exercise Christmas Cracker', one of three annual NRN (National Radio Net) Competitions.
More than 200 cadets took part in the 24 hour long event, run by the Cadet Force Signals Training Team at the Royal School of Signals Blandford in Dorset. The youngsters from across the country and all three cadet forces (Army Cadets, Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps) used high frequency (HF) radios to exchange messages with other locations around the UK.
During the exercise the team of 12 from the Isle of Wight, who had already completed the cadet Basic Signals Course, learned how different frequencies are used for operating during the day and night. A range of Antennas are used throughout the competition. Cadets looked at the advantages and disadvantages of each Antenna in turn, being able to see practical examples of one giving a greater range over another helping them to understand their characteristics.
Now the cadets have the opportunity to move on to attend an advanced HF Signals course at Blandford, with the knowledge they have experienced the challenges of working both during the day and at night, gaining an understanding of the theory of communication.
The next competition 'Easter Bunny 2012' will be held over the weekend of 17 & 18 Mar 2012. The competition is being organised by Lt Col Jim Clarke, entries by email: firstname.lastname@example.org