Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

World JOTA 2016 Report

Hi all,

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

Regards

Philip – VK3JNI

ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmissions (from Northern Territory)

ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission

ABC Radio Australia still broadcasts SW (HF Radio) from Shepparton see

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten/abc-radio-shortwave-frequency-guide.pdf

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten

Philip – VK3JNI
Updated 7/12/2016

 

Cubs 100

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.

 

RoverWay 2016 on the Air from Jambville France

RoverWay 2016 on the Air from Jambville France

rovHello everyone from RoverWay 2016, a gathering of 5,000 rovers in Jambville, France.

There will be Scouts on the air and online thanks to Radioscoutisme Français, so please join us!

Our call ID is TM16RW. The frequencies are:
7090 kHz
14290 kHz

Operators will be transmitting most of the time until august 14. However, the best times will be when we’ll have participants around:

August 8, Monday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 9, Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 11, Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 12, Friday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)

Please be on the air and listening on our frequencies so they’ll have a chance to talk with other scouts!

The QSL manager will be F8WBE, via Bureau.

On the same days we’ll have participants online on scoutlink on the channels #francais, #english (and maybe others).

Gino Lucrezi

J-Code – Common Language for JOTA / JOTI

J-Code

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 http://jotajoti.info/j-code/

 

Software Defined Radio using a cheap USB stick

Marine vessel locatons see:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:145/centery:-36/zoom:5

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 MarineTraffic.com …  For more detail see: http://tinyurl.com/oo4r594

If you have not played with the AIS display provided by MarineTraffic.com 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 MarineTraffic.com 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!  http://tecsunradios.com.au/sto…/product/tecsun-pl880-radio/…

Need Air Band as well… consider http://tecsunradios.com.au/…/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

 

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 scoutlink.net

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

Enjoy.

JOTA / JOTI 2013

With the JOTA / JOTI weekend of the 19-20 OCTOBER 2013 just around the corner, here is a quick list of resources that may help you with running of your JOTA / JOTI Base.

IRLP – www.irlp.net

IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project) allows the linking of repeaters worldwide over the internet. It’s a great way to get some quick contacts when the bands are dead on HF or you’ve exhausted your local contacts.

IRLP is much like using a telephone, on the repeater that is IRLP enabled, after checking that you are accessing one of the IRLP Nodes or Repeaters, we use the DTMF keypad on your VHF / UHF amateur radio to transmit while dialling the 4 digit IRLP Node number. A list of IRLP Nodes can be found here.

Remember, with IRLP, you will need to leave 2 seconds between pushing the button and speaking and use the word over so that the part at the other end know you’re throwing it back to them.  Leave at least 3 seconds between overs to allow the system to reset.

To disconnect from an IRLP node key “73” on your DTMF keypad.  Please remember to close down the nodes during JOTA as others may be wishing to use them.

Echolink – www.echolink.org

Whilst it’s probably a little late to be registering for Echolink on JOTA Weekend, again, it’s another great solution when the bands are quiet. Echolink is a “Computer Radio” program that allows you to speak to other amateurs using a computer and microphone.

You can connect a one-to-one QSO or, using an Echolink Reflector such as SCOUTSAU you can speak to many people just like a UHF/VHF repeater.

Echolink is also connected to Repeaters worldwide, again, remember to leave 2 seconds between keying up and speaking for the best results.

Please remember to set up your Echolink computer and internet connection and test it before JOTA to avoid disappointment.

HF – Call Frequencies List

During JOTA there is are Australian and Worldwide call frequencies so that it makes it easier for you to establish a QSO. Remember to use your manners and QSY off the call frequency once you’ve established your QSO.

VHF / UHF

There’s plenty of repeaters throughout the State and all over the country. (WIA Repeater List) Repeaters are a great way to establish local contacts between JOTA Locations. Remember, don’t hog the device, make a few QSO’s then leave the frequency for someone else to part take.

Radio Safety

Whilst it’s great fun to part take in JOTA, it’s a timely reminder to be safe. It’s no fun falling off the roof setting up your station, coming off a ladder, getting hit in the head trying to put up your long wire or zapped with your power supply or radio.  Close your station down and move scouts and guides away from radio or other communications gear if electrical storms are near by.

Safety is absolutely paramount. Ensure your equipment is up to scratch, keep your shack neat and tidy and think safe.

A safe JOTA is a fun JOTA!

JOTI – www.scoutlink.net

JOTI is a great way for people to connect during JOTA. Using IRC Chat kids and adults can converse sharing stories and their JOTA / JOTI experience.

Whilst it’s great fun to do JOTI, it’s also important to remember to WATCH – Child Safety is very important and Stranger Danger is an important topic to raise with the kids. If they don’t feel safe, it’s time to tell a leader. If they don’t like the questions they’re being asked, it’s time to tell a leader. Whilst every effort is taken to keep the IRC channels “kid friendly” it’s not always possible.

Facebook / Twitter

Facebook & Twitter (Social Media) are great ways to connect during JOTA / JOTI. If you’re twitter, make sure you use the hash tag #jota, #joti, #hamradio and #amateurradio. It will make it easier for other Twitter users to follow the conversation.

The final final

With all that said, have yourself a wonderful JOTA / JOTI. I look forward to seeing plenty of photos and reports!

73’s

Your JOITA / JOTI coordinator.