JOTA 2013 – Call Sign: VK3SBA Mount Beckworth

The 56th Jamboree On The Air – 19 and 20 October 2013.

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Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio and internet. This is my seventh year of involvement. I ran a small station for Ballarat District scouts from Mt Beckworth. This was a JOTA only station running in conjunction with Cohan Shield activities. Also ran fox hunting as a Cohen activity with 2 ventures Paddy and James from Creswick as the foxes. This was well received by the scouts and I will expand for next year.

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Yaesu FT897 running off batteries onto a full size G5RV.  Worked a treat.

Got 60+ scouts over Saturday and half of Sunday. Would receive up 6 to 12 at a time and had an hour. Getting scouts to talk on the radio is worse than pulling teeth. Least this year there were no computers to distract them. Once the fox hunt was off and running, I would call for a JOTA contact and then have each scout talk in turn. Only got a handful of contacts. It is important to ensure that all the scouts got a talk even if only ‘hello’. Once going there were a couple that showed interest and even came back after tea for 20m DX. 

40m was very busy with JOTA stations. Finding a free frequency was a challenge. Contacted a couple of  SOTA stations on Saturday but space and time was tight. During the course of the day talked to a couple of stations who normally would be out activating or chasing SOTA and picked up a couple of SA NP activations.

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Call Sign: VK3SBA Mount Beckworth 
 
Scout contacts included,
VK2SCJ – Badgereys Creek
VK3SCG – Gilwell Park Scout Camp
VK3SAT – Mafeking Rover Park
VK3SAH – Bendigo
VK3SAW – Western Region JOTA Grampians National Park
VK3SAY – Diamond Creek
VK3SBH – Box Hill
VK3SRG – Sunraysia District Scouts
VK6SH – Miles in WA (VK6FLYD & VK6FAME)
VK7SDL – Leven 
 
Other JOTA contacts include,
VK5PET – Peter in Strathalbyn
VK7TAZ – Kevin in Launceston
VK8DA – Darwin Amateur radio Club with Guides
ZL1UPJ – Jonno in Hamilton North Island New Zealand
ZL3MF – South Island New Zealand

 

20m contacts Saturday night with some interested scouts included,
OE4RLL -Austria
9A284A – Croatia
SQ9ZAT – Poland
JA2UMV – Japan
 
We are introducing Ham Radio to gen Z .They are growing up with a highly sophisticated media environment. They carry computers in their pockets with world wide instant communication abilities so the relevance of radio has to be demonstrated. You have to keep it short and to the point. Talking to others with the same interests that they have and don’t already know with a run of wire was of interest.

This is exhausting work. Finished up Sunday lunch time and went home for a sleep.

Working on the next generation of SOTA operators !
 
Allen
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