Archive for Jamboree

February 2018 JOTA Newsletter Available

We've just posted the February 2018 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter. You can find it at this link — February 2018 JOTA Newsletter. Or click on the nearby image. You can also find the past issues there.

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

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.

 

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