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

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

ARRL Recognition at the 2017 Jamboree

If you followed the K2BSA operation at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, you probably noticed that Bill Morine, N2COP, and Dan Ringer, K8WV, visited the Jamboree. They received the full tour of our operation and provided a recognition award from the Roanoke Division and West Virginia Section of the ARRL.

The award stated:

The Roanoke Division and the West Virginia Section Salute the Dedicated Staff of K2BSA — For Advancing Amateur Radio at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, July 19-28, 2017, the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, West Virginia.

You can be sure that our 40+ Jamboree staff members appreciated and deserved this recognition.

Thanks, ARRL.

For more insight, check out Ham Radio Now Episode 337 — Jamboree.


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.

K2BSA at the Hamvention 2017

It was a new place and a new arrangement for the Hamvention® in 2017. K2BSA Amateur Radio Association was there with a booth promoting all things Radio Scouting. The traffic was incredible on both Friday and Saturday. We handed out all our Radio Scouting buttons and quite a few brochures as well.

WA5DM, net control for the monthly Radio Scouting net on Echolink, KD2GUW, and K5ND.

You can see the photos of our booth nearby. It was staffed by: Dave Long, ND4SU, who also stores our display between Hamventions; John Deegan, K9XT; Brian Chen, KD2GUW; Bob Bereit, K3RMB; Gary Wilson, K2GW; Mike Crownover, AD5A; Mike Yammine, KB3CMS; Jim Rossow, KF6GRI; John Eggum, K4EGG; Jim Wilson, K5ND; and Dale Lamm, NX8J. Thanks to all who pitched in to spread the word about Radio Scouting.

We were fortunate to have a booth allocated to us. In the last several Hamventions the ARRL had generously provide space but with new facilities they worked hard to fit in all their own displays. Icom America provided financial support for our booth as well as one of the IC-7300 Scout Council Loan stations for display. Thank you, Icom America. You can find our poster and banner at Hamvention Poster.

I will also note that on Thursday, Jim Wilson, K5ND, attended the CW Ops Dinner to accept their Award for Advancing the Art of Communicating with Morse Code on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. The nomination referred primarily to the Morse Code Interpreter Strip.

Thanks to everyone who supported our booth and stopped by to compare notes on how best to extend the reach of amateur radio within Scouting.