World Scout Jamboree 2019

World Scout Jamboree LogoThe World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years and first took place in London in 1920. Some of you will be aware of the article in Radcom July 2019 by Remko (PE1MEW).

Its call sign this year is NA1WJ, the Jamboree take place in North America, Following the opening of the Jamboree, they will be operating ten stations on Echolink, D-Star, UHF, VHF, and HF.

They plan to try and introduce around 3000 young people (Scout and Guides) who are attending/visiting the event to amateur radio.

I am sure you would agree with me that inspiring the next generation of Radio Amateurs is very important to us all. This is where we can all get involved.

The Jamboree runs from 11th July to the 2nd or August, although I am advised that the first transmission from a Radio point of view will be starting on the 18th July, the station will be active from 12:00 to 21:00UTC. Contact with the station may be possible outside of these hours as volunteer staff are hoping to be on hand.

As many of you will be aware from JOTA, that there are a number of ‘Scout Frequencies’ These are: 3.940MHz, 7.190MHz, 14.290MHz, 18.140MHz, 21.360MHz, 24.960MHz, and 50.160MHz

For D-Star, I understand that Reflector REF033A will be in use. You may also find activity on DMR Talk Groups (TG 907 9071 9072). Not Forgetting Echolink!

If you have the time please try and make contact, keep in mind that is will be about demonstrating Amateur Radio and you may be talking to a young person on the radio for their first time. Please try and have some open questions (by which I mean can’t be answered yes or no)  if possible ask questions about Scouting / the Jamboree and maybe add some of your own personal experience of Scouting.

Other Radio Activities planned at the Jamboree are ARDF fox hunting using 2m and 80m, they have planned for contact with the ISS and will be trying to work some LEO satellites. Also, some pico balloons with WSPR payloads are being launched – I am sure you will be able to pick up details on https://tracker.habhub.org/ – If would be good to ask any young people you talk to if they have been involved in any of these activities.

VHF Field Day 2019

G3RCW VHF Field Day 2019This year G3RCW returned to IO93EP for VHF Field Day.

The event was attended by 30 members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society over the weekend, many of them choosing to camp on-site for what turned out to be a warm sunny weekend with good levels of activity on the VHF Bands.

The main point of Field Day is that you come together as a group and set up an Amateur Radio Station in a field that relies on off-grid power, this gives us chance to put into practice the skills needed if we were required to set up an Amateur Radio Station in an Emergency. Field Days are not just a UK event and they happen around the globe, however not all at the same time or using the same Amateur Radio Bands.

The Amateur Radio station is then ‘tested’ by operating in an Amateur Radio Contest for 24 hours, this involves the exchange of certain information, such as Call Sign, Serial Number, Signal Report and Maidenhead Locator.

We were able to Operate on the following bands 2m, 70cms, 23cms, 6m (Saturday only) and 4m on Sunday. We had a noticeable increase in activity on 23cms this year.

We also welcomed a number of visitors on-site, some from other local Radio Clubs and others just interested in what we were doing.

VHF field day setup 2019

VHF Field Day Setup 2019

It’s VHF Field Day weekend, we are setting up for VHF field day again.

The setting up its the most important part, it’s all about a group of people coming together to setup a Radio Station. Very much like what you might have to do in an emergency, and demonstrate that it can function. This is achieved buy a 24 hour radio contest.

We are hoping to be active on 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cms, and 23cms. From 14:00 UTC Saturday 6th July to Sunday 7th July at 14:00.