The Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is an on-air event centered around scouting. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other members of scouting work with ham radio mentors to make contacts on the air. This is one of the best ways to get the Amateur Radio merit badge.
This world-wide event is in its 57th year and it is intended to introduce scouts to ham radio, and let them talk to other scouts around the world, or around the country. There is a companion event, Jamboree On The Internet.
Lots of information at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx
Some of the calling frequencies the JOTA website above lists include:
- 40M – 7.190
- 20M – 14.290
- 15M – 21.360
KI4YBH will be setup with scouts at the LDS Church, 2034 Great Falls St, Falls Church, VA, hoping to get on the air at 0700, until 2200.
All pictures in this post were taken at special event station W4B.
CQ’s July Editorial rebuffs ARRL’s inartful attempt to downgrade Emergency Auxiliary Communications Volunteers to a basic Public Service category!
What’s in a name? The name we give to what we do greatly influences how people perceive it. From things like car accidents to supporting local government communications in an disaster, we definitely provide an effective means of emergency communications. Arlington County Races was activated in the 2012 Drecho storm that came through. When 911 didn’t work, we were stationed at fire stations providing needed communications between the county government and its residents.
Rich Moseson, W2VU, reacts in his editorial to the ARRL’s efforts to de-emphasize emergency communications as a term and replace it with public service communications. Rich makes some great points in his editorial. We encourage you to check out what he wrote in the July 2014 CQ Magazine.
The National Bureau of Standards tests of Public Safety high band and amateur 2-meter antennas indicate that a “rubber duck” has -5db, “negative gain” compared to a quarter wave held at face level. In terms of effective radiated power (ERP), this means that a 5 watt HT with rubber duck, radiates only 1 watt.
- Operating an HT on your belt results in another -20db attenuation, reducing ERP to 50 milliwatts! That’s 1/20 of one watt!
UHF results are no better…
Due to the design of the factory installed HT antenna, you are effectively missing half of the antenna! Now put the operator on the ground between buildings, cars, trees, and other people and you can see why they can’t hear or hold the repeater 😉
Who doesn’t want to lol when they see this shirt? 😉