Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

JOTA goes Digital

DMR Radio and Hotspot.

JOTA for many years has relied on HF Radio for many of our long distance radio contacts. Many scouts will know that this requires good radio propagation and low noise levels for good clear contacts around the world. HF Radio will still be in common use but we now have something new.

With the recent changes in Amateur Radio Licensing in Australia, many JOTA stations will taking advantage of the current surge in Digital Radio modes. To help meet the expected demand over the JOTA weekend, the Digital Radio Modes will be reconfigured.

For VK3 JOTA Stations who have requested Scout Callsign – these have been registered with an DMR ID. If you are in Victoria (VK3) and wish to use the DMR for your allocated Scout Callsign, please send email request to Scout DMR registration at  – vk3jni@gmail.com.

Technical Stuff

The VK-DMR Network will have Time Slot 1 Available for JOTA, with the Following Talk Groups, TG 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 These will be all on TS1 and the rest of the TG’s 5, 3809, 3810, State TG8’s will be turned OFF for the JOTA Weekend.

Please added TG 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 to your Radios, for the JOTA Weekend.

This will also be available for Hotspots for JOTA as well, as the IPSC2 Repeater server and the IPSC2 Hotspot server will have these linked

If you wish to use DMR at your JOTA station, please send email request to Scout DMR registration at  – vk3jni@gmail.com before Thursday 17 Oct.

Proposed changes to amateur licence conditions

Hi Radio Active Scouts,

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.

Where do you find the documents? Click Here.

https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/proposed-changes-to-amateur-licence-conditions

Issue for comment

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.

Regards

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

Don’t bin your old EPIRB or PLB

Australian Maritime Safety Authority – AMSA 21 June at 17:04 ·

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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:

http://bit.ly/2RqotyZ

Amateur Radio Training and Assessments – Mk2 – 2019

We are pleased to advise that a new format of Amateur Radio Training will recommence from June 2019.

The program will initially be offered to Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. The program will separate training workshops from the formal Amateur Radio assessments.

We anticipate this will enable more scouts of all ages to engage in the workshops without feeling the pressure to cram for the assessment.

Boot Camps will be scheduled each year for Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders wishing to go wild, pre-study and achieve their amateur radio license.

For more details of the new assessment system see http://www.amc.edu.au/industry/amateur-radio

Watch for further details or drop us a message via the contact us pages.

YIS Philip – VK3JNI


GB 100 GP Gilwell Park – On Air

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
camping.

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
call sign?

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.

(vk6pop) – via WIA News

Amateur Radio on air for 2000 Scouts at AJ2019

We want you in the log this January

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.

For further information please contact:

Brett Nicholas – National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI

AJ2019 Activity Manager – Radio Scouting

Scouts Australia

jota.joti@scouts.com.au

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.