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2019 World Jamboree — NA1WJ

We’ve just started working with the 2019 World Jamboree leadership on the amateur radio activation. It will be a part of Centro Mundial and in turn part of Living in the 21st Century and Communications/Media. This broader area includes exhibits that support conservation, sustainability, ethics/faith/belief, STEM, vocations/avocations, and inclusion.

The amateur radio operation fits nicely with STEM, avocations or hobbies, and certainly serves as an entry point for vocations. You can see the early operational vision document at World Jamboree — NA1WJ. Our goals are to introduce the science, technology, fun, and magic of amateur radio operation to Scouts and Scout leaders from around the world. We’ll also serve as the amateur radio voice of the Jamboree via two-way radio contacts within the Jamboree and worldwide.

The current vision by and large sees a similar operation to the 2013/2017 USA National Jamborees with an extensive demonstration station, ARDF-Foxhunting, and special events that include satellite contacts, an International Space Station contact, balloon launches, as well as low-power portable activation at Garden Ground on the Summit property. Since the Radio Merit Badge doesn’t apply worldwide, we won’t offer that instruction.

Much of the equipment is in storage at the Summit. This includes antennas, cables, and more. We also hope to have Icom America transceivers on loan.

The chosen amateur radio call sign is NA1WJ, representing the first North American hosted World Jamboree. We would have liked to have WSJ as the last letters. But the USA’s FCC doesn’t allow three letters in a call sign for the NA prefix. They also don’t allow two numbers, such as 24 for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

We did not feel that the K2BSA call sign would be suitable as the World Jamboree hosts are Scouts Canada, Scouts Mexico, and the Boy Scouts of America. The NA1WJ call sign seems more inclusive of this team effort for all of North America.

You can learn more about the World Jamboree at these links https://www.2019wsj.org and https://wsj2019.us  If you're involved in Scouting and want to participate in the Jamboree, you can learn more at How BSA Members Can Participate in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

Stay tuned to learn more about this upcoming operation in July 2019.

2017 Jamboree Report

Here's the after action report from our operation at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. See the summary table below or click on the report cover to see the full report or this link K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Report.

K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Summary Numbers

DescriptionNumber
Amateur Radio Demonstrations - Number of Scouts2,457
Amateur Radio Two-Way Contacts Logged (HF, VHF, UHF, Satellites)1,399
Radio Merit Badges Earned305
ARDF - Foxhunting - Number of Scouts200

July Jamboree on the Air Newsletter Published

Read all about the latest Radio Scouting news including K2BSA @ Jamboree and Jamboree on the Air. Here's the link July JOTA Newsletter.

Ask an Astronaut a Question During the 2017 Jamboree

International Space Station ISS

During the 2017 Jamboree, the K2BSA Amateur Radio Station will be in contact with the International Space Station as part of the ARISS Program. During the contact, which lasts about 10 minutes, we will have Scouts speaking with an astronaut. That conversation will be a question and answer session, with the Scouts asking a list of prearranged questions.

If you or your Scout have ever wanted to ask an astronaut a question. Here's your opportunity. We're asking for your input, via the form below to provide your suggestions for questions.

Here's a few samples from earlier contacts with the ISS to give you a better idea of the types of questions. Note that they are short and simple since the contact is so short. For background, you can view a video overview of a contact at JOTA 2012 ISS. This contact shows the nature of the questions and the answers.

We will publish the final list of questions before the Jamboree. We'll also provide either live coverage of the contact and/or a video after the contact.

Sample Questions:

  • What do you like most about living in space?
  • When did you decide to become an astronaut?
  • How do you keep fit in space?
  • How did you feel when you watched planet Earth for the first time?
  • Which is your favorite food on board?
  • How can astronauts have a shower on board?
  • Can you hear sounds and noises outside the space ship?
  • How does being in space affect blood pressure?
  • How, and how often, do you communicate with your family while aboard the ISS?
  • What happens if something in space hits the space station and damages it? How would you fix it?

 

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