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
Welcome to the JOTA / JOTI 2017 Blog Post.
Firstly, some international links that you may find valuable.
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.
Philip Adams – VK3JNI
State Leader – Radio
Radio and Electronics Team
Ph 03 94383013
SPOT has returned from Central Australia and spent a day exploring Adelaide.
1st Highton Scouts – Sent their last SPOT Message before returning to Victoria.
Have you heard the Scouts and Venturers from Central Victoria on air? If you are interested in getting a radio net for Scouts going, please use the Contact Us page.
Philip – VK3JNI
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 http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/
de Philip – VK3JNI
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.
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 http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/
Suggested contesting software:
Suggest you load it before the contest and have a practice.
Lorraine O’Hare (VK2FICQ), National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator, Girl Guides Australia
has produced a new PR video for JOTA/JOTI 2016. Well done!
The gauntlet is down let’s see what we can do for scouts.
Philip – VK3JNI
Congratulations to Peter VK3ZPF and Kevin VK3KAB for your efforts on a cold wet night at Mt Donna Buang. Your contest score of 761 points won the 6 hour, multi-operator, phone, all-band category of the John Moyle Field Day contest.
“Hopefully next year we can get a couple more operators along and nudge the score over 1000 points” – .Peter VK3ZPF
The full results are available at
The JMMFD contest is on in less than two weeks. (19 & 20 March)
As an introduction for those new to contesting I’d like to suggest a simple VHF/UHF 6 hour station at Mt Donna Buang. If there are many interested we could ad 40m HF as well.
The contest starts at 12 midday but the best time to start a 6 hour entry is 1:30 pm allowing operation across 3 of the available time blocks which means we can contact stations three times on each band and maximize our scoring opportunities.
Mt Donna Buang is a good location as the contest rewards VHF/UHF contacts over 50 km with additional points, however if coming to a hill closer to town attracts more participants then let’s do it.
Could those who are wanting to join in please let me know, on either list, by next Monday so we can finalise the location.