Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

SRESU kicking off activation of VK100ARV

The SRESU activation of VK100ARV from Gilwell Park will start at 11:00 am local (0000z) and run until around midnight (1300z).

We will be listening on ScoutNET if you want a sked on a particular frequency otherwise the following schedule will be loosely followed.

  • 160m – 1835 kHz + QRM 0900z – 1300z
  • 80m – 3600 kHz + QRM 0900z – 1300z
  • 40m – 7100 kHz + QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 20m – 14190 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 15m – 21190 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 10m – 28400 kHz +/- QRM 0000z – 1300z
  • 6m – 52.525 MHz and 53.500 MHz FM +/- 25 kHz 0000z – 1300z
  • 2m – 144.200 MHz SSB, 146.500 MHz FM +/- 25 kHz 0000z – 1300z

Of course we won’t be on all frequencies all the time but this gives you an idea where we may be.

There will be two special ‘scout skeds’ on 3650 kHz SSB at 8:30 pm (0930z) and 9:30 pm (1030z).

We look forward to working you from the VK3SCG station.

More details about VK100ARV and the ARV Centenary Award can be found at http://www.amateurradio.com.au/

73

Peter VK3ZPF
http://vk3zpf.blogspot.com/

JOTA / JOTI 2011

With the 2011 JOTA / JOTI weekend upon us, here is a quick list of resources that may help you with running of your JOTA / JOTI Base.

IRLP – www.irlp.net

IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project) allows the linking of repeaters worldwide over the internet. It’s a great way to get some quick contacts when the bands are dead on HF or you’ve exhausted your local contacts.

IRLP is much like using a telephone, on the repeater that is IRLP enabled, using a DTMF keypad dial the 4 digit IRLP Node number. A list of IRLP Nodes can be found here.

Remember, with IRLP, you will need to leave 2 seconds between pushing the button and speaking and use the word over so that the part at the other end know you’re throwing it back to them.

To disconnect from an IRLP node key “73” on your DTMF keypad.

Echolink – www.echolink.org

Whilst it’s probably a little late to be registering for Echolink on JOTA Weekend, again, it’s another great solution when the bands are quiet. Echolink is a “Computer Radio” program that allows you to speak to other amateurs using a computer and microphone.

You can connect a one-to-one QSO or, using an Echolink Reflector such as SCOUTSAU you can speak to many people just like a UHF/VHF repeater.

Echolink is also connected to Repeaters worldwide, again, remember to leave 2 seconds between keying up and speaking for the best results.

HF – Call Frequencies List

During JOTA there is are Australian and Worldwide call frequencies so that it makes it easier for you to establish a QSO. Remember to use your manners and QSY off the call frequency once you’ve established your QSO.

VHF / UHF

There’s plenty of repeaters throughout the State and all over the country. (WIA Repeater List) Repeaters are a great way to establish local contacts between JOTA Locations. Remember, don’t hog the device, make a few QSO’s then leave the frequency for someone else to part take.

Radio Safety

Whilst it’s great fun to part take in JOTA, it’s a timely reminder to be safe. It’s no fun falling off the roof setting up your station, coming off a ladder, getting hit in the head trying to put up your long wire or zapped with your power supply or radio.

Safety is absolute paramount. Ensure your equipment is up to scratch, keep your shack neat and tidy and think safe.

A safe JOTA is a fun JOTA!

JOTI – www.scoutlink.net

JOTI is a great way for people to connect during JOTA. Using IRC Chat kids and adults can converse sharing stories and their JOTA / JOTI experience.

Whilst it’s great fun to do JOTI, it’s also important to remember to WATCH – Child Safety is very important and Stranger Danger is an important topic to raise with the kids. If they don’t feel safe, it’s time to tell a leader. If they don’t like the questions they’re being asked, it’s time to tell a leader. Whilst every effort is taken to keep the IRC channels “kid friendly” it’s not always possible.

Facebook / Twitter

Facebook & Twitter (Social Media) are great ways to connect during JOTA / JOTI. If you’re twitter, make sure you use the hash tag #jota, #joti, #hamradio and #amateurradio. It will make it easier for other Twitter users to follow the conversation.

The final final

With all that said, have yourself a wonderful JOTA / JOTI. I look forward to seeing plenty of photos and reports!

73’s

Funky (Greg) VK3LLL