Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Communications… I am just doing a water activity

 

 

NOTE… 27 MHz radio is no longer recommended by MSV for marine use.
Its broadcasting and reception is not as reliable as VHF and
it is not consistently monitored along the Victorian coastline.

OK, you are just doing a small water activity in enclosed waters.

  • Have you considered your communications needs? Yes of course!
  • Got the mobile phone? Yes!
  • Does it work across the entire activity area? May-be.
  • Will the batteries still hold up if you have been capturing a few photos and/or using the GPS? Perhaps not.
  • Will you know if the weather forecast has changed? No.
  • Oops, it go dunked in the water does it still work? Not for long!

OK… now we are thinking about a second form of communications. Have you heard of Marine VHF Radio. Would you know how to use it and who to call?

Click and read on… Marine Radio Victoria (MRV)

MSV recommends that all boaters, including paddlers and kayak fishers, on the bays and along the coast have a VHF radio to take advantage of the benefits of MRV.

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.

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

 

 

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.

New emergency Marine radio service

With warmer weather many scouts and their families are heading out on the water in boats.

Marine safety in Victorian coastal waters has received a major boost with the launch of Marine Radio Victoria, the new marine distress and emergency monitoring service.

Marine Radio Victoria (MRV) monitors and records radio traffic on VHF and HF emergency radio channels 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

For more information see: http://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/maritime-safety/newsroom/new-emergency-radio-service

PA – 12/Dec/2017

JOTA / JOTI 2017

Welcome to the JOTA / JOTI 2017 Blog Post.

Firstly, some international links that you may find valuable.
Useful links:

An introduction to JOTA-JOTI
JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide
Purchase JOTA-JOTI merchandise
Scoutlink, for Internet Relay Chat (IRC), TeamSpeak and Minecraft.
JOTI.tv, the TV station for JOTA-JOTI.
JOTI Radio, the online radio station for JOTA-JOTI
Who else is registered around the world?
Information on JOTA-JOTI 2017
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

If you have not found the Australian Info yet see http://international.scouts.com.au/programs-in-australia/jotajoti/jotajoti-registration

You can also follow the links to register your JOTA / JOTI station here too.

If you are looking for more local Victorian (VK3) info see http://www.sresu.asn.au/jota.

I wish you a fantastic JOTA / JOTI weekend.

Regards

Philip Adams – VK3JNI
State Leader – Radio
Radio and Electronics Team
Ph 03 94383013
Mob: 0478708246
E: vk3jni@gmail.com
W: http://www.sresu.asn.au/