Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

CQ…CQ…JOTA

CQ….CQ….JOTA

by R Middelkoop

With updated comment by Philip VK3JNI.

2018 world JOTA – JOTI Badge shown to the right.

Information from last year provided by Richard.

All you ever wanted to know about the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is now one mouse click away… On the occasion of the 60th JOTA, the story of the JOTA has been updated. With new “old” materials that surfaced from archives. Discover how the largest annual youth and amateur-radio event on earth started with a coffee meeting in a snack bar. How a visionary Scout leader carried the idea forward and the world embraced it. And what about those radio waves that connect World Jamborees to the world, ever since 1957? Well no, that appeared to start 10 years earlier, in 1947. One of several new facts that seem almost forgotten, now surface in the new edition of “CQ Jamboree”. Don’t miss it. Get your full-colour printed copy by following the link below. The printer service offers free shipping cost world-wide now. Use the reduction code “ONESHIP” (valid up to 6 September 2018). http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/CQ_Jamboree In case you want copies for your entire group or district, use the code “FTW18”; it will give you an additional 10% reduction for 15 copies or more.

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1-9-2018 PA

Icom CB Radio Deal

Click on image to download the info sheet.

Icom Australia have been a supporter of Scouting for many years and again will be supporting the Technology Hub at AJ2019.

Here is an offer to all scout groups. Icom Australia have assembled a special Scout Pack deal and pricing on the robust IC-41PRO UHF CB Radios. For full details download the flyer ICOM_2018_UHF 

The deal and pricing will be open until 31 December 2018 and may only be accessed by contacting our secretary via the contact us page.

Try Something Exotic!

Amateur Radio is seen by many as the hobby of gray haired old men listening to scratchy noises. There is so much more to the hobby.

WSPR is one of the more exotic combinations of PC and HF radio. Low power signals containing a radio callsign and location are transmitted at random on known frequencies around the world. Other stations with PC connected to their radio receivers monitor these frequencies and the results are plotted on the screen. Results are also automatically uploaded to the Internet for others to view and study.

This is real STEM activity. How far have the signals traveled? Why do they change? How can we hear more stations? Lots of activities and thoughts can spin off!

You can be part of this experiment with a moderate cost Short Wave Receiver, a PC, some free software and a simple home made interface. You can leave it running in silence over night or when doing other things. You will be amazed at the signals that you can decode.

Could this be an interesting JOTA related activity? Yes, signals can be received with out having to hold a radio licence. All can be done with out any gray hairs or scratchy noises in the house to annoy others too.

Contact the Radio and Electronics team for more. information.

Enjoy – Philip VK3JNI.

 

2018 Australian JOTA / JOTI Badge Contest

The 2018 Australian JOTA / JOTI Badge contest has been announced. Scouts and Guides are encouraged to design the 2018 JOTA / JOTI Badge. You can download the competition rules and details on the link below. This is a PDF file. 2018 JOTA badge contest_v1.1

Entries can be submitted up to midnight 16 July 2018. Please submit your entry using the form available at: Scouts Australia – https://form.jotform.co/81628226997875

Good Luck !

Philip – VK3JNI – S.L. Radio and Electronics.

 

World JOTA Badge 2018

Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, World JOTA-JOTI Team Leader, today announced the 2018 JOTA-JOTI Logo. It was part of his presentation at Ham Radio 2018 as the opening speech addressing amateur radio and Scouting.

You can find the full text of his speech at https://www.veron.nl/nieuws/ham-radio-2018-openingsspeech/ or you can download the pdf here Opening Speech.

If you would like to use the 2018 JOTA-JOTI logo to promote your JOTA-JOTI event, you can download the logo in multiple formats from www.jotajoti.info/2018-logo.

You can purchase JOTA-JOTI branded merchandise, including the 2018 JOTA-JOTI badge, from World Scout Shops at www.jotajoti.info/shop. Items with the 2018 logo will be available from Monday, 4 June 2018.

Thanks to Jim, K5ND for the info.

Please note, details of Australian JOTA/JOTI badge coming soon.

Philip – VK3JNI – 3 Jun 2018

 

 

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.