October 20, 2013

JOTA 2013 Fun

The 2013 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) was a lot of fun.  The Skyview Radio Society held their annual Radio Merit Badge course for a group of very interested boy scouts.  Big smiles all around while operating various radio stations and modes.  It is very rewarding experience to help a youth make their first DX contact.

The 10m band was wide open world-wide so we spent most of our operating time there.  Conditions were simply perfect.  We were quite impressed with being able to make a 10m AM contact with Dave, GW4GTE in North Wales.  AM DX sounds great with favorable conditions.

Our most momentous contact during the event was a 10m SSB contact with GB2GP operating from Gilwell Park in Sewardstonebury, Epping Forest, close to Chingford, London.  Gilwell park is a landmark location for the scouting movement and used a camp site and activity center for Scouting groups, as well as a training and conference center for Scout Leaders.

Wood Badge beads on top of the 1st Gilwell Scout Group neckerchief.

GB2GP is the call sign of The Scout Association Headquarters and campsite.  It is one of very few permanent special event call signs issued by the United Kingdom.  The shack is managed by scouters from around the UK, and exists to promote radio and technology to the young people of the Scout and Guide movements.

The scouting movement is a powerful force for good in our world.  Please support your local scouting organizations.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X