Author Archive for Jim Wilson

February Newsletter Published

You can find the February JOTA Newsletter at this link http://eepurl.com/bOJ84b Topics include: JOTA 2016 Patch Design Selected, JOTA Countdown, JOTA Event Tips, JOTA Contest Free Frequencies, National Parks on the Air, BSA International Newsletter, and more.

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JOTA 2016 Patch Design Selected

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite JOTA patch design. Here’s how the voting came out. We’ve added the three selections below for reference. See the captions for the design numbers and voting results.   A question surfaced during the voting about where these designs originate. BSA Supply asks their patch vendor to design […]

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Countdown to JOTA

Don Kunst, W3LNE, and K2BSA ARA Vice President, has provided considerable insight into preparing for your Jamboree on the Air event. It’s called JOTA Countdown and has a full listing of the things you should be doing over the next several months for a successful event. Check it out at JOTA Countdown.

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ARRL First Contact Award

For those of you who teach license classes to Scouts, consider the ARRL First Contact Award to recognize that very first contact in their log. You can find the information at http://www.arrl.org/first-contact Just complete the form and ARRL will mail the certificate, shown nearby. Sounds like a great way to recognize this significant achievement. Hat tip […]

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Congrats to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ

Congratulations to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, on his retirement this year after 44 years on the ARRL Staff including his current and long time role as Chief Executive Officer. He was also recently honored with the ARRL President’s Award. Dave has been a longtime supporter of Radio Scouting, including taking a lead role in establishing the ARRL […]

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Kay Craigie, N3KN, Steps Down as ARRL President

This week Kay Craigie, N3KN, steps down as ARRL President. The League summarized her nearly three decades as an official on their website. She cites her work with Scouting as one of the highlights with this quote: President Craigie said she was happy to sign the first formal agreement between the ARRL and the Boy […]

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Contest Free Frequencies

One of the ongoing challenges during Jamboree on the Air is the amount of contest interference that happens around the designated Scouting frequencies. This year’s station report feedback appeared to indicate that the problem is growing. The Worked All Germany Contest, operated by the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, has elected to designate contest free frequencies […]

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2016 JOTA Patch Design Voting

The BSA National Radio Scouting Committee has reviewed a number of 2016 JOTA Patch Designs and narrowed the field to three finalists, shown below. At this time voting has concluded. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner in the February issue of the JOTA Newsletter.    

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January JOTA Newsletter Posted

You can find the January Jamboree on the Air Newsletter online. Sign up to receive it via email.

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2015 K2BSA Annual Report

The 2015 K2BSA Annual Report is now available. Highlights include membership growth from 8 to 111, call sign use at 40 events up from 27 the previous year, and new officers elected. The officers for 2016 to 2017 are: Jim Wilson, K5ND, President; Don Kunst, W3LNE, Vice President; Les Mignerey, KB0MEF, Treasurer; and Donald Sonnefeld, […]

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