The ACMA have invited comment on proposed changes to the Amateur Radio rules in Australia. This consultation could have a significant impact on participation and interest in STEM activities, including JOTA / JOTI within Scouting. Let’s make sure we have a creditable response. Let your voice be heard. Consultation Closes 9 August 2019.
If you feel that you wish to put in an individual
submission, go right ahead. If you would like to have your comments considered
for a combined response, please forward to me by 3 August 2019.
The ACMA is seeking submissions from interested stakeholders on the
proposals set out in this paper.
Comments are invited on:
the proposed changes reflected in the draft Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Omnibus Amendment Instrument 2019 (No.1) and written notice
other changes for possible inclusion in a future amendment instrument
any other issues relevant to amateur licence conditions and licensing arrangements, including opportunities that would reduce regulatory burden on licensees while not detracting from other legitimate uses of the relevant spectrum.
Beacons don’t belong in the bin! On 21 June AMSA we received a satellite detection of an unregistered EPIRB, 5km offshore of Avoca Beach. We tasked a Toll Ambulance Rescue helicopter RSCU206 with a specialist paramedic and retrieval doctor on board, and VMR Cottage Point to the area. RSCU206 couldn’t detect a signal over the water however homed the EPIRB to the nearby Kincumber Waste Transfer Facility. The crew landed at the tip and used a handheld homer to locate the beacon, before destroying it.
Incidents like these are a waste of time and emergency services resources. Signals from incorrectly disposed distress beacons can also interfere with passing air traffic and take rescue resources away from real community protection. Learn how to dispose of your unwanted beacons:
Gilwell Park, close to London, is considered by many to be the
spiritual centre of Scouting and Guiding. The property was
purchased by the Scout Association in the early part of the 20th
Century to provide space for scouts from London’s East End to go
In addition to camp sites, Lord Baden Powell based his successful
leader training programme there.
Gilwell Park is still used for leader training, camping, events,
even weddings and conferences.
2019 marks the centenary of the Scouts acquiring Gilwell Park.
In commemoration of this, OFCOM have granted the use of a special
callsign at Gilwell Park – GB100GP – for the whole of 2019.
It is intended that this callsign will be activated at all the major
Scouting events in the UK this year – Fun Days, Gilwell 24,
JOTA-JOTI and Scarefest. The call may also be used for
demonstrations during Gilwell Reunion.
In addition to the above, there will be a special 4 day activation
of the callsign, from July 25th to July 28th, to cover the actual
anniversary of the day that Gilwell Park was officially opened
as a Scouts site, 26th July.
I wonder who will be the first in Australia to work this special
It’s GB100GP and I reckon it will be on air quite a bit as the
Scouting Amateur Radio crew in the UK are quite active.
Between 4-14 January 2019, 8400 Scouts from every Australian state plus representatives from 18 nations will converge in Tailem Bend in South Australia to participate in the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree – AJ2019.
One of the 150 activities on offer to the Scouts will be a chance to participate in Amateur Radio. To facilitate this activity, we will establish a showcase station under the special event call sign VI25AJ and a Direction Finding course. We are expecting 2000 Scouts to experience amateur radio over the 10 day period.
We’d love to see as many amateur radio enthusiasts giving us a call during the Jamboree period to help give the kids an amazing experience – and perhaps take up the hobby on their return home.
We will be active on the HF bands both SSB and digital modes, Satellites, IRLP and Echolink. Full details such as operating schedules, frequencies will be available via our VI25AJ QRZ.COM page.
Once formal activities have finished for the day the showcase station will be available for licensed amateurs to use and if you happen to be attending AJ2019 bring your HT, we will have an IRLP linked repeater onsite.
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.
On Saturday 21 July 2018, Scouts were invited to join the Radio and Electronics team to take part in the Trans Tasman Low Band Amateur Radio Contest. Bjorn a visiting scout took up the challenge and his farther could not get him to go home. He joined Peter to make over 50 contacts. Watch the Video by clicking here.
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