Many radio enthusiasts including Scouts are experimenting with Software Defined Radio (SDR) modules to listen to various frequencies around the world. Unfortunately the radio frequency noise floor around many of our cities makes reception difficult to all but the strongest stations but don’t give up.
In recent times, many of these SDR receive stations are being placed online. When the receivers and antennas are located away from the city or local noise source, we can have a lot of fun listening to and identifying radio stations from around the world. You may hear news, music and many data transmissions from around the world. Some of the data transmissions you can even decode with a computer or smartphone app. More on how to do this in later posts.
Many online SDR stations can be accessed via the Kiwi-SDR project via this web site http://kiwisdr.com/public/ You can also get information on each station via the interactive map Click on the flag to find out more about each station.
Please remember that most of these SDR stations are run by volunteers and at times Internet Bandwidth may limit the number of participants.
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 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 – email@example.com before Thursday 17 Oct.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.