Scouts from 1st Highton will take SPOT for a walk to Central Australia in July 2017. This will be SPOTs first adventure out side of Victoria. We wish 1st Highton Scouts and their Leaders the best of luck and a great adventure in Central Australia with SPOT.
If you would like to hire SPOT for your next scouting adventure, please contact our secretary via the Contact us page.
Training is available if you are hiring SPOT for your first time.
For more general information about SPOT, please click here
Philip – VK3JNI
Have you heard the Scouts and Venturers from Central Victoria on air? If you are interested in getting a radio net for Scouts going, please use the Contact Us page.
Philip – VK3JNI
The 2016 JOTA-JOTI reports has been published – over 1 million participants across 156 countries and 33,000+ locations.
Read all the details including individual country reports by downloading the World JOTA-JOTI 2016 Report FINAL
This is a big report so it may take some time to download. One quote from the report…
“This was our first JOTA-JOTI experience and I think the Scouts had more fun than expected. We really enjoyed chatting with all of the different groups around the world. Uniforms, badges, and awards were a common topic. One thing we learned is that it is very common for people in other countries to speak multiple languages. All of our conversations were in English, and for most contacts English was not their first language. Another fun thing our Scouts learned is that other Scouting organizations have co-ed groups. Our longest chat was with a remote group in Australia who were 4.5 hours away from the nearest McDonald’s. They were sad to see us go as we had run out of time at the end of our event.” – Boy Scouts of America
Philip – VK3JNI
S-H Yachts are required to test their HF Radios on 22 Dec during the period 08:00 – 18:00. Testing will be conducted with the Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. Tests may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz
Sailing Instructions will require that boats report by radio when they are in the vicinity of Green Cape and make a declaration confirming their time of passing the cape. S-H yachts may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz.
In past years, 6516kHz was used as the main race frequency, and scheds heard after 0735hrs and 1905hrs including position reports. 4483kHz – The backup frequency and daily 0005hrs position report frequency. HF radio scheds in 2016 – 2017 have not been confirmed.
Once underway boat positions may also be seen on http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/
de Philip – VK3JNI
Can you believe it? Cub Scouts are turning 100 in 2016. As part of the celebrations, many Cub Scouts will be taking part in JOTA / JOTI this year.
CUB 100 call sign extension. If you are operating Amateur Radio with Cub Scouts present, you are invited to add the suffix CUBS 100 after your callsign. This will signal that your station has Cub Scouts present and keen to say hello.
Murray VK3MJT will be encouraging a number of radio clubs to operate as a drop in centre for Cub Scouts over the JOTA / JOTI weekend.
In Murray’s words, if I had a Cub pack with me, the extended call sign I would be using would be VK3MJT-CUBS100. By using and by listening for the extended call sign you know that Cubs are there on the air.
Please don’t forget to register your Cub Pack’s involvement in JOTA / JOTI you can order your JOTA/JOTI 2016 badges here too.
A special CUB callsign has been applied for and this will be on air from nominated location through the year including JOTA weekend. More information to come.
Remembrance Day Contest
On 13 & 14 August is the Remembrance Day Contest, this Australian radio contest is well supported and is a good opportunity for both new and older operators to have a go at Radio Contesting. You can take part with just a hand held and sit on top of a hill or try and run as many bands as you legally can from home or your favorite location.
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.
Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.
Time: 0300 UTC Saturday to 0300 UTC Sunday
For rules of the contest see http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/
Suggested contesting software:
Suggest you load it before the contest and have a practice.
Lorraine O’Hare (VK2FICQ), National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator, Girl Guides Australia
has produced a new PR video for JOTA/JOTI 2016. Well done!
The gauntlet is down let’s see what we can do for scouts.
Philip – VK3JNI
Congratulations to Peter VK3ZPF and Kevin VK3KAB for your efforts on a cold wet night at Mt Donna Buang. Your contest score of 761 points won the 6 hour, multi-operator, phone, all-band category of the John Moyle Field Day contest.
“Hopefully next year we can get a couple more operators along and nudge the score over 1000 points” – .Peter VK3ZPF
The full results are available at