49th Jamboree on the Air
just plain having fun! WB9SA, K9BKW and KC9EVS stations should be up.
Saturday October 21th 10 am to 6 pm EST (3pm UTC to 11pm UTC).
Please Give us a call!
JOTA sounds like Joe Ta (short “a” sound), is the annual scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization…. Sound cool enough.
This is our troops second year to participate in JOTA, last
year the 46th annual running, we divided the troop into three groups
at three stations, Emergency Management in Crawfordsville, Red Cross based Ham
Radio Club called TARA in Lafayette and the Purdue Ham Radio Club. We had
licensed Amateur Radio Operators (HAM) at each location and we tried to call
other troops around the world… We talked to each other most of the time, and
except a couple of
This year was totally different. First, the troop now has four (three scouts, one adult) licensed Amateur operators, and we have our own club station and call WB9SA, in our own permanent room, complete with ten computers linked to high speed internet, and our own web site www.troop272.com We also have access to a kitchen for the Pizza’s -- feed the stomach, and then the fun goes so much easier.
Saturday we started at 2 pm and went to 7:30 pm so we could
It’s 11 pm, Saturday in Geneva Switzerland, and the World Scout HQ has just finished a fine dinner, Richard is out taking an after dinner walk, working the world on his hand held radio, Troop 272 is finishing up a QSO (a friendly chat in Ham radio ease) with IT9SAK, Nunzio Sambataro in Belpasso Italy, when Richard using the call HB9S, off the HB9G repeater comes on and has a chat with us! Who would believe the HQ of the World Scouting Movement would call us WB9SA??? Too Cool, but not the boys favorite call.
We talked with K1BSA at
The Australian’s VK4WJ got on with our troop for over two hours! Jeff was the adult control operator; they have their own Den (the word other countries use for a scout room, cabin etc.) with a radio and computers. http://pmscouts.tesc.com.au/index.htm http://pmscouts.tesc.com.au/photos/JOTA2004/jota010.jpg
Troop 272 has a bit of an addiction to www.runescape.com and I now suspect the
Australian’s leadership has a new problem on their hands… Scouts traded runescape ID’s and I suspect we
will have new friendships with much longer bonds if the grand plan works
out. The Australian Scouts love go Abselling, what, Abselling, they
do it down a rock face, and they have a great rock face in downtown Townsville
(I went scuba diving out of Townsville once, and I can’t remember anyone Abselling downtown).
Turns out they use a rope and a figure eight to do it… Ah repelling,
sounds a bit like Abselling doesn’t it. We mentioned our web site, www.troop272.com and they saw our caving
photos… Turns out they have some Lava Tubes to cave in, but prefer a mountain
stream and the cool shade of a tree for a campout or a trip to
We also worked KC9GBA, Kevin, the Sr. Patrol leader for a
troop out of the
All in all the 47th JOTA was a success! What will we be doing for an encore next
year? Well, we have just about got the
So for next year, get an Amateur Radio license or find someone that is licensed; set up a web page showing your 2005 activities in scouting, get a two foot stack of 98 cent WallyWorld pizza’s and start talking! We had three stations (2 meter – but no one else was locally available to talk with, EchoLink, and an HF rig – our 100 watt station). With 10 boys, one could talk, one could log, and anothers play Runescape… and everyone is happy!
Now are you excited about getting your Amateur Radio
License? http://www.troop272.com/Ham.htm will
get you started. I offered to put a
Saturday Mornings class together, but the only reply was a scout saying it was
too far to drive from
It would be great to get a Scout Net (a group that meets on
the air at a certain time and frequency) up on the air locally! Our troop took
our base and hand held radios to summer camp and worked all the scouts working
on the Radio merit badge (10 minute QSO) in our camp and a Western Mass summer
camp’s scouts. Plus a bunch of other
Brian K Walker, K9BKW (73 means warm greetings, salutations, etc.), Scoutmaster, Webmaster and now Station Control Operator www.troop272.com
Whiskey Bravo 9 Sierra Alpha or is it Whiskey Boy 9 Scouting America (parents have to love it),
Hope to hear you on the air soon!