Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Foundation Amateur Radio Training – 23/24 November

Foundation Amateur Radio Training

Foundation Licence Manual

The SRESU will be facilitating  a Foundation Amateur Radio training week end at 1st Carrum Downs Scout Hall, Wedge Road Reserve, Wedge Rd, Carrum Downs 3201.  The training and assessment will be conducted over 23 & 24 November 2013.

The training is suitable for teen aged Scouts,

Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. Parents are welcome to attend, Amateur Radio is a hobby that can be enjoyed across the ages.

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Foundation Training Course Application

  • Deposit Includes
    - Amateur Radio Training Book v2
    - Admin p/h and booking fees

  • $ 0.00


VK6SH On Air – Saturday 24 August

VK6SH will be on air this coming weekend from about 1100 UTC on Saturday 24 August, portable, at Dwellingup, South of Perth, locator OF87AG.
The station will be running radio comms for an overnight Scout event, and will run an HF station to keep the operators amused.

Frequencies: 80m 3.650 MHz, 40m 7.190 MHz, 20m 14.290 MHz   + – QRM of course.

Check the DX cluster to see where the station is operating.

Bob – VK6POP

Gilwell Park Radio Activity – 17 & 18 Aug 2013

The SRESU team lead by Peter VK3ZPF will be conducting a working bee on the radio tower at Gilwell Park during the day.  This will impact on some antennas but not all.  During the quiet times the weekend provides an ideal opportunity to see what your radio can do on a reasonable antenna.

If you would like to try your hand at the RD contest, this is an ideal opportunity to make a few contacts.   The RD contest starts at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Peter would like to see VK3SCG the call sign for Gilwell Park, submit an entry.

It is also the International Lighthouse weekend with 491 stations around the world on air from such places.  This should add to the activity on the bands.

Storm Hut is available for this weekend and I have booked it for both days.    Peter will be arriving at Storm Hut about 9:00 am and we will plan out the days’ work from there.   Members coming along are most welcome to bring radios to connect to the various antennas.   There are presently antennas for the following amateur bands; 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 metres and 70 cm.

Foundation Training Goes West – 30,31 Aug to 1 Sept.

SRESU and the team from Western Victoria are proud to announce that the Foundation Amateur Radio Camp is back at Cooinda Burrong Scout Camp.

Bookings are now open and information can be emailed to you on request. Please book early as places are limited and this training course books out quickly.

Cooinda Burrong is a picturesque camp located in the Grampians National Park near Zumsteins, about 50km from Horsham.

Some families like to use the weekend as a get away, while one or two of their party complete the course, the rest enjoy the base camp and explore the area.

You can book now by completing the form, reserve your spot by paying a deposit or just email our training officer via or via the “contact us” page.

Philip – VK3JNI (updated 5/7/2013)

Foundation Training Course Application

  • Deposit Includes
    - Amateur Radio Training Book v2
    - Admin p/h and booking fees

  • $ 0.00

JOTA / JOTI 2013

With the JOTA / JOTI weekend of the 19-20 OCTOBER 2013 just around the corner, here is a quick list of resources that may help you with running of your JOTA / JOTI Base.


IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project) allows the linking of repeaters worldwide over the internet. It’s a great way to get some quick contacts when the bands are dead on HF or you’ve exhausted your local contacts.

IRLP is much like using a telephone, on the repeater that is IRLP enabled, after checking that you are accessing one of the IRLP Nodes or Repeaters, we use the DTMF keypad on your VHF / UHF amateur radio to transmit while dialling the 4 digit IRLP Node number. A list of IRLP Nodes can be found here.

Remember, with IRLP, you will need to leave 2 seconds between pushing the button and speaking and use the word over so that the part at the other end know you’re throwing it back to them.  Leave at least 3 seconds between overs to allow the system to reset.

To disconnect from an IRLP node key “73″ on your DTMF keypad.  Please remember to close down the nodes during JOTA as others may be wishing to use them.

Echolink –

Whilst it’s probably a little late to be registering for Echolink on JOTA Weekend, again, it’s another great solution when the bands are quiet. Echolink is a “Computer Radio” program that allows you to speak to other amateurs using a computer and microphone.

You can connect a one-to-one QSO or, using an Echolink Reflector such as SCOUTSAU you can speak to many people just like a UHF/VHF repeater.

Echolink is also connected to Repeaters worldwide, again, remember to leave 2 seconds between keying up and speaking for the best results.

Please remember to set up your Echolink computer and internet connection and test it before JOTA to avoid disappointment.

HF – Call Frequencies List

During JOTA there is are Australian and Worldwide call frequencies so that it makes it easier for you to establish a QSO. Remember to use your manners and QSY off the call frequency once you’ve established your QSO.


There’s plenty of repeaters throughout the State and all over the country. (WIA Repeater List) Repeaters are a great way to establish local contacts between JOTA Locations. Remember, don’t hog the device, make a few QSO’s then leave the frequency for someone else to part take.

Radio Safety

Whilst it’s great fun to part take in JOTA, it’s a timely reminder to be safe. It’s no fun falling off the roof setting up your station, coming off a ladder, getting hit in the head trying to put up your long wire or zapped with your power supply or radio.  Close your station down and move scouts and guides away from radio or other communications gear if electrical storms are near by.

Safety is absolutely paramount. Ensure your equipment is up to scratch, keep your shack neat and tidy and think safe.

A safe JOTA is a fun JOTA!


JOTI is a great way for people to connect during JOTA. Using IRC Chat kids and adults can converse sharing stories and their JOTA / JOTI experience.

Whilst it’s great fun to do JOTI, it’s also important to remember to WATCH - Child Safety is very important and Stranger Danger is an important topic to raise with the kids. If they don’t feel safe, it’s time to tell a leader. If they don’t like the questions they’re being asked, it’s time to tell a leader. Whilst every effort is taken to keep the IRC channels “kid friendly” it’s not always possible.

Facebook / Twitter

Facebook & Twitter (Social Media) are great ways to connect during JOTA / JOTI. If you’re twitter, make sure you use the hash tag #jota, #joti, #hamradio and #amateurradio. It will make it easier for other Twitter users to follow the conversation.

The final final

With all that said, have yourself a wonderful JOTA / JOTI. I look forward to seeing plenty of photos and reports!


Your JOITA / JOTI coordinator.

Wilsons Prom activations 21 & 22 April 2012

Hi all

On the weekend Sat 21 and Sun 22 April 2012 there will be three activations of Wilsons Promontory National Park by Peter VK3ZPF, Wayne VK3WAM, Kevin VK3KBA, Trevor VK3ATB and Adam VK3YDF as part of the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award.

They will first be on air on Saturday 10 am – 2 pm local operating from South Point, the most southern place on mainland Australia. They will be active on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m with SSB. CW may also be used on some of these bands.

For SSB look around the following frequencies 3.610, 7.110, 14.190, 21.200, 28.480 MHz.

If the battery power permits they will also be on air from the Roaring Meg campsite on Saturday night from 7 pm on 3.610 and 7.110.

On Sunday they will be active from the beach at Oberon Bay from midday until 1 pm local. This activation will be around 7.110 & 14.190 MHz.

All activations will be QRP and we hope to work many stations.

Adam will also be tracking down some geocaches whilst in the area.

Peter VK3ZPF

French Island Frequencies & Sked Times

VK3SAT will be listening on the following frequencies at the following times:

Saturday 7 January 2012
Band Frequency Local UTC
10m 28.480 1300 0200
15m 21.200 1400 0300
20m 14.190 1500 0400
40m 7.100 1700 0600
40m 7.145 1930 0830
80m 3.610 2000 0900
Sunday 8 January 2012
Band Frequency Local UTC
80m 3.610 0800 2100
40m 7.100 0830 2130
20m 14.190 0900 2200
15m 21.200 0930 2230
10m 28.480 1000 2300

SRESU to activate French Island 7 & 8 January 2012

Three members of the Victorian Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit will be again hiking the French Island National Park southeast of Melbourne to operate the scout callsign VK3SAT for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award. Peter VK3ZPF, Matt VK2ADF and Kevin VK3KAB will be active from Fairhaven camping ground on 7 and 8 January 2012.

The bands proposed are 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m using wire antennas.
The team will carry most of the gear in backpacks and will be joined by three or four others who will be kayaking across from Stony Point.

With additional batteries coming across by kayak VK3SAT hopes to make many contacts and will be QRV Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday morning.

French Island is also part of the OC-136 IOTA group.

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