Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

J-Code – Common Language for JOTA / JOTI


J-Codes ( or J Code ) are designed to enable very basic communication between Scouts that do not share a common language.  By ‘talking’ in J-Codes individuals are able to ask and answer questions without either person being any to speak any of the language of the other.

Follow this link below and you will find some sheets to download, print and share in time to help your members ‘talk’ in multiple languages during JOTA-JOTI.

Looking for J-Code information? see


Software Defined Radio using a cheap USB stick

Marine vessel locatons see:

Wondering how they track these vessels, it is done via AIS receivers located around the coast.  Vessels carry a AIS transmitter connected to a GPS and regularly transmit their locaton.

If you would like to try to build a little AIS receiver and you are located around the coast, read on.

SDR AIS Decoding using a cheap USB DVB-T Stick

Hi all, here is a little project for the tech savvy Venturer, Rover or Leader.  This project will be of particular interest if you live near the coast. You can use a DVB-T STICK to build a low cost AIS Receiver. Full credit and thanks goes to the team from …  For more detail see:

If you have not played with the AIS display provided by this may be something new for your JOTA / JOTI station.

During the warmer months I run a smart phone app that puts me on the map when on my little boat..  You may even spot our real yacht SwingShift around the bays or lakes. Enjoy! – Philip VK3JNI




Looking for a portable HF Receiver plus more?

You would love a portable HF receiver! You are on a budget and your wish list includes PLL, AM, FM, SSB, MW, SW and a clock but you thought you where only dreaming?

JOTA is coming up in October and I frequently get asked to recommend a portable radio receiver that could let scouts of all ages tune around and listen in to JOTA stations without the complications of having an unsupervised transmitter sitting in the campsite or station. Check this out… AM, FM and Single Sideband with good coverage range, this portable receiver may meet the needs of new amateur operators, leaders and scouts alike. Includes rechargeable battery… all for under $350, sounds like a good deal. Note, I have no commercial interest in this company, other than buying one myself… It works great!…/product/tecsun-pl880-radio/…

Need Air Band as well… consider…/tecsun-pl660-radio-vhf-air-ba…/ This one is smaller and under $200.

Please note, we have no commercial affiliation with this company. – Philip VK3JNI


JOTA/JOTI 2015 Registration Open

Hi all, I know you have been hanging out to register your 2015 JOTA /JOTI stations.  Registrations are now open an registration forms should now work.  Please let me know if you find a bug. – Philip VK3JNI

Name Changes to Marine Radio Qualifications

Hello all stations,
Living with acronyms is an unavoidable fact of life in the 21st Century! Consider the following example:
ACMA has informed OMC which is operated by AMC, an institute of UTAS, that MROCP and MROVCP are now re-named to reflect ITU terminology and align the naming of Australian certificates with the common world practice. (credit to Sam from OMC).

In a nutshell, the Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) will henceforth issue Marine Radio Certificates under the following new names:
1. Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency – SROCP (to replace the current MROVCP)
2. Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency – LROCP (to replace the current MROCP)

The new terminology will better reflect the nature and limitations of these internationally recognised certificates and their equivalency with overseas certificates.

Since the existing MROCP and MROVCP (certificates) have no expiry dates, their holders have no obligation to replace them. Nominal fee applies if a replacement is required.

Foundation Amateur Radio Training – Western Victoria

Foundation Amateur Radio Training – Western Victoria

When: 22-24 May 2015

Where: Cooinda Burrong Scout Camp (Grampians)

Costs: From $96 (Excluding Assessment and Licensing options)

Applications Close: Friday 8 May.

More information:

If you are interested in achieving your first Amateur Radio License or just learning a little about radio, this is an ideal training opportunity.  The course follows the Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency – Foundation syllabus.  It includes theory and practical sessions.

The course is ideal for teen-aged Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders.  Parents are welcome to attend with their son or daughter.  Prior to the course you will need to do some study.  We provide all applicants with a training manual and we recommend that you start reading this two weeks prior to the course.

At the end of the training sessions, you have the option of sitting the official assessment including multiple choice questions and practical assessments.

We include catering and bunkhouse accommodation from Friday Night to Sunday.

Interested? Call for more details Philip: 0478708246, Ash: 0427336566 or email

Marine Communications – Marine Radio Active Scouts

Hello marine and radioactive scouts,

I am 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)

I congratulate Jenny Adams and Peter Chaplin for joining me in this new endeavour to provide valuable skills for Venturers (over 16 years), Rovers and Leaders. 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.

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 training dates and further announcements.


Philip Adams – VK3JNI
Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit
Ph 03 94383013
Mob: 0478708246

Holiday Season

Hello all members and friends

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, it is an ideal time to tryout some portable operation from somewhere different.  Many new radio operators are coming on air for the first time.  Let their first few CQ’s be answered and welcome them to the hobby.

de VK3JNI – Philip

ScoutLink Chat

Interested in trying ScoutLink Chat but unsure of how to do it?

Instructions for getting online with ScoutLink Chat can be found at

One of the many safety features of IRC chat is protection against clone attacks, this is done by limiting the number of connections from a single IP address.  The default is 20.

If you think your network will have  more that 20 clients connecting to IRC chat, let us know, giving the public IP address of your network, and your limit can be quickly raised.

You can do this by hopping onto the Scoutink chat and seeking out Coppertop, Strike or Jabiru


Your First Radio Station

Looking to set up your first Amateur Radio Station and you are unsure of where to start?

Seen something that may be of interest on the internet?

Have you found the bargain, too good to be true?

We have a number of radio operators who are happy to discuss the options and provide general information.  Please use the contact SRESU tab to start the conversation.