Oct 20, 2012 9:38 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Local scout troop uses technology to connect with scouts around the world

A special piece of technology was connecting boy scouts from all around the world on Saturday.

Arroyo Grande Boy Scout Troop 413 used amateur radio, or HAMs, to communicate with other scouts as far away as Algeria and Zimbabwe.

It was all part of the 55th annual Jamboree on the Air.

With the two-way radios, they were able to share their ideas and experiences with more than 500,000 other scouts around the world.

Duncan Leonard, a life scout with Troop 413, says, "I definitely like seeing how far I can get across the world. That's really fun. We have maps up so that we can pin where in the United States or where in the world that we hit, and so we try to see how far we can get."

Leonard says that while he doesn't know how the HAMs work, he does know that they do work.

He has made contact with someone in Japan, and another person on an island.



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