CQWS – CQ World Scout Contest – HF

CQWS – CQ World Scouts Contest HF is always in the 2nd full weekend of April, from 1600 UTC (1300 PY) on Saturday until 1600 UTC (1300 PY) on Sunday. Count down to event

What time is this in Melbourne?

See the full details: http://www.radioescotismo.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CQWS-HF_Rules_English.pdf

The CQWS – CQ World Scouts Contest is an annual activity, promoted by the Scouts of Brazil – UEB and recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement – WOSM. The main purpose of this activity is to promote the practice of Radio Scouting among members of the Scout Movement, with the help of Ham Radio Clubs, Associations and experienced operators, promoting Scouting and preparing our young people and adults to the skillful use of their stations, support to Scout activities and civil defense. CQWS is a gateway to the world of contesting and a challenge to all participants to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period.

More information contact your Scout Radio and Electronics Team

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.

Amateur Radio – Update

We are excited to announce that the long awaited changes to the Amateur Radio Rules, officially known as the Amateur Licence Conditions (LCD) have been released and are now effective. The best news is that our Foundation Amateur Radio Operators is that they can now use the digital modes. 🙂

ACMA on 21 September announced that changes have been made to the Amateur Licence Conditions (LCD) as set out in its “Omnibus Amendment Instrument 2019”, Number 1, which came into immediate effect on that date.

The WIA have summarised the changes and it is worth a read of the news item and comments Click Here

Philip – VK3JNI

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.


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.


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

Don’t bin your old EPIRB or PLB

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:


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

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 Assessment and Licensing Changes

For many years, Amateur Radio assessments and licensing administration has been provided via a signed Deed between the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). Scout Radio and Electronics team (SRESU) had a number of WIA approved assessors and this arrangement permitted SRESU to run amateur radio training and assessments.

So what has changed? Following a public tender in 2018 and the outcomes becoming known in early 2019, we now know that the WIA was not successful in continuing the services provided, the Deed between the ACMA and WIA has expired as of the 1st Feb 2019. Changes are in the wind and we congratulate Australian Maritime Collage, part of the University of Tasmania who will provide the services including Amateur Radio Assessments and call sign administration.

On behalf of Scouts both in Victoria (and across Australia) we sincerely thank the WIA and affiliated radio clubs for supporting Scouts to undertake many radio related activities including Jamboree on the Air and Amateur Radio training and assessment activities. We hope to continue our working relationship with the WIA and affiliated clubs. We look forward to positive future activities that may come out of this significant change. This is not the end of a wonderful relationship between Amateur Radio and Scouting.

I also thank all amateur radio operators who have supported radio Scouting activities, including JOTA, Jamboree Amateur Radio stations, activities, training and assessments. We look forward to your ongoing support both though this transition and beyond.

We anticipate several further public announcements in the coming weeks as the work will begin to develop new relationships. We will seek to clarify the future of our Amateur Radio training and assessment.

For the time being, we must postpone our planned Amateur Radio training and assessment activities until the dust settles and we find our way forward. We will however continue to provide our Marine Radio training and various radio related activities. I thank you for your support and understanding while we work through this transition.

Philip Adams
State Leader – Radio.

PA – 3 Feb 2019




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


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.