Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

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.


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:

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., 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

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

I wish you a fantastic JOTA / JOTI weekend.


Philip Adams – VK3JNI
State Leader – Radio
Radio and Electronics Team
Ph 03 94383013
Mob: 0478708246


Sydney – Hobart Yacht Race 2016 – HF Radio Test and Schedule

S-H Yachts are required to test their HF Radios on 22 Dec during the period 08:00 – 18:00. Testing will be conducted with the Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. Tests may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz

Sailing Instructions will require that boats report by radio when they are in the vicinity of Green Cape and make a declaration confirming their time of passing the cape. S-H yachts may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz.

In past years, 6516kHz was used as the main race frequency, and scheds heard after  0735hrs and 1905hrs including position reports. 4483kHz – The backup frequency and daily 0005hrs position report frequency. HF radio scheds in 2016 – 2017 have not been confirmed.

Once underway boat positions may also be seen on

de Philip – VK3JNI




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

Remembrance Day Contest

Remembrance Day Contest

On 13 & 14 August is the Remembrance Day Contest, this Australian radio contest is well supported and is a good opportunity for both new and older operators to have a go at Radio Contesting. You can take part with just a hand held and sit on top of a hill or try and run as many bands as you legally can from home or your favorite location.

Contest Introduction
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.

Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.

Time: 0300 UTC Saturday to 0300 UTC Sunday

For rules of the contest see

Suggested contesting software:

Suggest you load it before the contest and have a practice.