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2017 Jamboree Challenge Coin Available for Sale

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request to register your interest in the K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Challenge Coin. It worked!

You can now purchase the challenge coins shown below at

We'll see how ordering goes and then place the manufacturing order in early April. We'll provide an update at that time on when we expect delivery followed by shipment to you.

K2BSA Jamboree Challenge Coin

Here's your chance to get a nifty memento of K2BSA at the 2017 Jamboree.

We've had a challenge coin design prepared to celebrate the K2BSA operation at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. But we're not sure how many to order. Rather than collect orders right now, we'd like to get an estimate of interest.

Pricing is expected to be $4.50 each including shipping, if we get to a quantity of 300. Size is 1.5 inches and finish is antique gold.

Please provide the number you'd expect to order along with your contact information. Please respond by April 15. Then, if there is sufficient interest to go ahead, we'll be back in touch to allow you to place your order and make payment.

Thanks to everyone who indicated their interest. It worked! You can order your coins at 2017 Jamboree Challenge Coins.

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?

ARISS Contact Questions

  • Keep it simple. We have only 10 minutes to ask and receive answers for 10 to 20 questions.
  • Here's your chance to submit one more question. Thanks.


Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016

amateur-radio-roundtableTom Medlin, W5KUB, hosted Bill Stearns, NE4RD, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, on his September 20, 2016 Amateur Radio Roundtable Show. We spoke about the full sweep of amateur radio within Scouting. Tom hosts a great amateur radio television show every Tuesday evening.

You can see the video and download the slide deck at Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016.