Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

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

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

Try Something Exotic!

Amateur Radio is seen by many as the hobby of gray haired old men listening to scratchy noises. There is so much more to the hobby.

WSPR is one of the more exotic combinations of PC and HF radio. Low power signals containing a radio callsign and location are transmitted at random on known frequencies around the world. Other stations with PC connected to their radio receivers monitor these frequencies and the results are plotted on the screen. Results are also automatically uploaded to the Internet for others to view and study.

This is real STEM activity. How far have the signals traveled? Why do they change? How can we hear more stations? Lots of activities and thoughts can spin off!

You can be part of this experiment with a moderate cost Short Wave Receiver, a PC, some free software and a simple home made interface. You can leave it running in silence over night or when doing other things. You will be amazed at the signals that you can decode.

Could this be an interesting JOTA related activity? Yes, signals can be received with out having to hold a radio licence. All can be done with out any gray hairs or scratchy noises in the house to annoy others too.

Contact the Radio and Electronics team for more. information.

Enjoy – Philip VK3JNI.

 

2018 Australian JOTA / JOTI Badge Contest

The 2018 Australian JOTA / JOTI Badge contest has been announced. Scouts and Guides are encouraged to design the 2018 JOTA / JOTI Badge. You can download the competition rules and details on the link below. This is a PDF file. 2018 JOTA badge contest_v1.1

Entries can be submitted up to midnight 16 July 2018. Please submit your entry using the form available at: Scouts Australia – https://form.jotform.co/81628226997875

Good Luck !

Philip – VK3JNI – S.L. Radio and Electronics.

 

World JOTA Badge 2018

Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, World JOTA-JOTI Team Leader, today announced the 2018 JOTA-JOTI Logo. It was part of his presentation at Ham Radio 2018 as the opening speech addressing amateur radio and Scouting.

You can find the full text of his speech at https://www.veron.nl/nieuws/ham-radio-2018-openingsspeech/ or you can download the pdf here Opening Speech.

If you would like to use the 2018 JOTA-JOTI logo to promote your JOTA-JOTI event, you can download the logo in multiple formats from www.jotajoti.info/2018-logo.

You can purchase JOTA-JOTI branded merchandise, including the 2018 JOTA-JOTI badge, from World Scout Shops at www.jotajoti.info/shop. Items with the 2018 logo will be available from Monday, 4 June 2018.

Thanks to Jim, K5ND for the info.

Please note, details of Australian JOTA/JOTI badge coming soon.

Philip – VK3JNI – 3 Jun 2018

 

 

SDR – Try it out

Have you ever wanted to listen to Short Wave Radio but you don’t have the equipment? Tecsun, an Australian company in NSW have made available a Software Defined Radio (SDR) on the internet. The receiver is located in Gosford NSW. Yes you can enjoy all the real fades and other noises we associate with HF Radio.

You can tune it to the desired HF Frequency and Mode (e.g. select frequency 4835 MHz, select the mode AM and you may hear the new Australian Short Wave station Ozy Radio, currently reporting an power output is 500w and the location is confirmed as Razorback near Camden approx 45 km southwest of Sydney.)

You can also listen to the amateur, marine and explore other interesting data on the HF bands too using the SDR.

Enjoy!

Philip VK3JNI – 7 Apr 2018

 

Cool HF Radio Apps from the Black Cat

HF and Shortwave bands can be full of strange voices and noises. Some good fun can be had by experimenting with radio and PC , Mac or Android devices to try to decode the data within some of the noises we hear.

Amateur Radio

One company who has released some interesting apps is Black Cat Systems.

Visit http://blackcatsystems.com/ to view their catalogue.

While our license conditions may restrict our foundation operators from transmitting digital signals, everyone can receive and try to decode the data signals we hear on air.

 

Have fun… Philip – VK3JNI