As the BSA’s official amateur radio transceiver supplier for the 2013 Jamboree, Icom provided equipment and technical support for the K2BSA radio operation, which included an amateur radio demonstration station, Radio Merit Badge instruction, ARDF-Foxhunting, and three VHF-UHF repeaters.
Icom has supported the Boy Scouts of America’s Jamboree amateur radio operation, K2BSA, since 1981. Over those nine Jamborees, more than 30,000 Scouts have been able to experience amateur radio as a potential lifetime hobby or as an entry to a vocation in technology and communication.
The demonstration station at the 2013 Jamboree had seven operating positions, all with Icom transceivers and support equipment. They introduced over 2,600 Scouts to amateur radio over the 10-day Jamboree. The three repeaters include a 2m VHF analog repeater, a 70cm UHF analog repeater, and a 70cm UHF D-Star repeater using digital voice communication. They are in operation 24/7/365 supporting all events at the Summit as well as the local community.
In October 2015, Icom America and Boy Scouts of America announced that their sponsorship agreement had been renewed through 2018, including the 2017 National Jamboree.
Thank you Icom America and Ray Novak, N9JA, for your superb support of amateur radio and Scouting!