Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

SDR – Try it out

Have you ever wanted to listen to Short Wave Radio but you don’t have the equipment? Tecsun, an Australian company in NSW have made available a Software Defined Radio (SDR) on the internet. The receiver is located in Gosford NSW. Yes you can enjoy all the real fades and other noises we associate with HF Radio.

You can tune it to the desired HF Frequency and Mode (e.g. select frequency 4835 MHz, select the mode AM and you may hear the new Australian Short Wave station Ozy Radio, currently reporting an power output is 500w and the location is confirmed as Razorback near Camden approx 45 km southwest of Sydney.)

You can also listen to the amateur, marine and explore other interesting data on the HF bands too using the SDR.

Enjoy!

Philip VK3JNI – 7 Apr 2018

 

Cool HF Radio Apps from the Black Cat

HF and Shortwave bands can be full of strange voices and noises. Some good fun can be had by experimenting with radio and PC , Mac or Android devices to try to decode the data within some of the noises we hear.

Amateur Radio

One company who has released some interesting apps is Black Cat Systems.

Visit http://blackcatsystems.com/ to view their catalogue.

While our license conditions may restrict our foundation operators from transmitting digital signals, everyone can receive and try to decode the data signals we hear on air.

 

Have fun… Philip – VK3JNI

 

 

Marine Radio Practical Assessments

Just a reminder to everyone studying for the VHF Marine Radio (SROCP) Assessment…

Practical Component

From 1 August 2017 a practical component will be included in the examination process. Applicants should discuss the practical process with the invigilator conducting their examination.

The minimum requirements for the practical are:

  • demonstrate the ability to use a marine radio, turn on and off, adjust volume, power, background noise and set channel;
  • demonstrate a Mayday call and message;
  • demonstrate log in, routine call, message and log out;
  • demonstrate an understanding of digital selective calling operating procedures and distress alert; and
  • demonstrate setting the channel for dual watch.

Good Luck with your studies and assessment.

Philip.

New emergency Marine radio service

With warmer weather many scouts and their families are heading out on the water in boats.

Marine safety in Victorian coastal waters has received a major boost with the launch of Marine Radio Victoria, the new marine distress and emergency monitoring service.

Marine Radio Victoria (MRV) monitors and records radio traffic on VHF and HF emergency radio channels 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

For more information see: http://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/maritime-safety/newsroom/new-emergency-radio-service

PA – 12/Dec/2017

Post JOTA / JOTI Reporting

Reporting

Just a reminder that we need to collect information over the weekend to compile your reports. Can you remind your JOTA JOTI stations to capture numbers over the weekend? The following would be great:

Number of Scouts

  • Scout sections involved
  • Number of Visitors (non-Scouts)
  • Number of JOTA JOTI Stations
  • Number of Amateur Radio Operators
  • Number of Contacts/QSOs
  • States Contacted
  • Countries Contacted

    Also it would be interesting to get a better picture of JOTI, eg how many stations ran JOTI, were there any stand alone JOTI stations. What apps were used over the weekend etc.

    Any stories or photo’s/video would be great as well.

    I will confirm the deadline for reports early next week however it would be great to get these done ASAP while the event is still fresh.

Have a great JOTA JOTI.

Regards

Brett Nicholas
National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
Scouts Australia
0422 588 110
<jota.joti-@-scouts.com.au> (remove the – )

JOTA / JOTI 2017

Welcome to the JOTA / JOTI 2017 Blog Post.

Firstly, some international links that you may find valuable.
Useful links:

An introduction to JOTA-JOTI
JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide
Purchase JOTA-JOTI merchandise
Scoutlink, for Internet Relay Chat (IRC), TeamSpeak and Minecraft.
JOTI.tv, the TV station for JOTA-JOTI.
JOTI Radio, the online radio station for JOTA-JOTI
Who else is registered around the world?
Information on JOTA-JOTI 2017
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

If you have not found the Australian Info yet see http://international.scouts.com.au/programs-in-australia/jotajoti/jotajoti-registration

You can also follow the links to register your JOTA / JOTI station here too.

If you are looking for more local Victorian (VK3) info see http://www.sresu.asn.au/jota.

I wish you a fantastic JOTA / JOTI weekend.

Regards

Philip Adams – VK3JNI
State Leader – Radio
Radio and Electronics Team
Ph 03 94383013
Mob: 0478708246
E: vk3jni@gmail.com
W: http://www.sresu.asn.au/

 

Amateur Radio – USA National Scout Jamboree

Amateur Radio from the USA National Scout Jamboree

USA Scouts are Radio-active this season, there are many national Scout camps on the air this summer. One of those is K2BSA from the USA National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. They will be on the air from 19 to 27 July.

You can see the frequencies, modes, and planned operations at Amateur Radio—Live From the Jamboree.

They also plan to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon on 20 July. You can learn more about the launch and find links to track the balloon at Jamboree Balloon Tracking. Please note that the links presently shown on that page will not be active until the balloon launches.

You can follow updates during the Jamboree on their social media pages: Facebook and Twitter.

SPOT goes for a walk

SPOT Out of the box

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

Happy adventures

Philip – VK3JNI