Welcome to the Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit (SRESU) website.
The SRESU is a service team of Scouts Australia, based in Victoria. Established to provide radio and electronics related activities and communications services for all sections from Joeys through to Rover Scouts. SRESU has trained operators and can provide health and welfare communications for large activities, helps scouts aged from teens to… obtain amateur radio licenses by running practical activities, theory classes and examinations. SRESU is responsible for co-ordination of the annual event Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) in Victoria, including station registration and participation badges.
The SRESU has 3 portable amateur radio repeaters, VK3RSR, VK3RSS and VK3RSD which are used for these activities.
The SRESU also has two fixed repeaters VK3RSA and VK3RSB located at Emerald and Mt St Leonard. Sometimes these are linked, see our JOTA Calling Frequency page for more details.
Membership of the SRESU is open to all Victorian members of Scouts Australia. who have an interest in radio or electronic activities. An amateur radio licence is NOT a prerequisite for membership.
The SRESU meets on the second Monday of each month (except January) and visitors are always welcome. For more information please leave a message for the Secretary or Training Officer via our Contact Us page.
We have two major communications events in the coming months. These events provide opportunities for Amateur Radio Operators to practice there communications skills (always handy in an emergency) and to set up portable stations ( good fun and handy for scouting and contest work).
- Boroondara Raft Race – on the Yarra from Taroona Reserve to Pound Bend Reserve in Warrandyte- 15 March 2015
- Scouthike – Location to be advised – 15 – 17 May 2015
Amateur Radio Operators are always welcome. Even if you have little or no experience we can team you up with one of our experienced operators and exchange a few waves.
Philip Adams – Acting Radio and Electronics Team Leader
Looking for JOTA / JOTI info?
Amateur Radio Training and Assessment
*** Applications close for Western Victorian Training on Friday 8 May – Please express your interest ASAP (see training pages) ***
Learn more about Amateur Radio Training
Amateur radio training is suitable for teen aged Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. The Foundation AOCP(F) is a good place to start. Parents are also welcome to attend, amateur radio is a hobby that can be enjoyed across the ages. More information - Click Here.
The SRESU Training team invites you to discover Amateur Radio Training via our web pages.
The SRESU provides targeted training for older Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. We welcome family members to attend our training as well. This is a wonderful hobby activity that can involve the whole family, both with in and beyond scouting. Amateur Radio Assessments conducted by approved WIA Assessors.
Qualified amateur radio operators may apply for the Amateur Radio badge which may be worn on the uniform.
We are pleased to advise that we now have three (3) approved team members authorised by the Australian Maritime College (AMC) to Invigilate examinations in the following qualifications:
- Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP)
- Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)
We are excited that our planning to provide additional valuable skills for Venturers (over 16 years), Rovers and Leaders is coming together. With increasing popularity in recreational boating and the extensive VHF radio networks provided across popular coastal waters around Australia, training and assessment in MROVCP is anticipated to prove popular.
The team will shortly develop appropriate training material and schedule training and assessment dates. We anticipate providing our first courses well before the boating season recommences later in the 2015 calendar year.
This training will be in addition to our established WIA authorised Amateur Radio training and assessment capability.
Please keep an eye on the SRESU web site, MyScout, and Scout Central – Join in Adventures for further announcements.
Philip Adams – SRESU Training Officer