The Scout Radio and Electronics Team (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. Radio and Electronics Team has trained operators and can provide health and welfare communications for large activities. The team helps scouts aged from teens to… obtain amateur radio and marine radio licenses. We run practical activities, formal training, workshops, amateur radio classes and examinations.
Radio and Electronics Team is responsible for co-ordination of the annual event Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) in Victoria, including special scout callsigns, station registration and participation badges.
The Scout Radio and Electronics Team (SRESU) has 3 portable amateur radio repeaters, VK3RSR, VK3RSS and VK3RSD which are used to support scouting activities. In addition, two fixed repeaters VK3RSA and VK3RSB located at Emerald and Mt St Leonard. We recommend calling frequencies and network many of our repeaters to make it easier for Scouts to communicate. If you have an amateur radio license and these repeaters are not active for dedicated scouting activities, you are welcome to use the network. Just put out a call on one of the repeaters or use the IRLP linking if enabled. All radio active scouts and friends of scouting are welcome to use these repeaters. These may be networked to one or more of the portable repeaters so put out a call and see what happens. See the JOTA Calling pages for 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.
We assist scouting to obtain appropriate licenses, radios and communications equipment to suit their needs. We run amateur and marine radio courses over the year. These events provide training and skills development opportunities for new radio operators develop and practice their skills (always handy in an emergency) and to learn how set up portable stations ( good fun and handy for scouting and contest work).
The SRESU are always happy to discuss a training opportunity, providing assistance to your Group, District or Regional activities. We have been known to assist with the running of a special night in your program. For more information please email the Secretary via our Contact Us page.
The SRESU meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except January) and visitors are always welcome.