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
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.
State Leader – Radio.
PA – 3 Feb 2019
On Saturday 21 July 2018, Scouts were invited to join the Radio and Electronics team to take part in the Trans Tasman Low Band Amateur Radio Contest. Bjorn a visiting scout took up the challenge and his farther could not get him to go home. He joined Peter to make over 50 contacts. Watch the Video by clicking here.
Just a reminder that we need to collect information over the weekend to compile your reports. Can you remind your JOTA JOTI stations to capture numbers over the weekend? The following would be great:
Number of Scouts
- Scout sections involved
- Number of Visitors (non-Scouts)
- Number of JOTA JOTI Stations
- Number of Amateur Radio Operators
- Number of Contacts/QSOs
- States Contacted
- Countries Contacted
Also it would be interesting to get a better picture of JOTI, eg how many stations ran JOTI, were there any stand alone JOTI stations. What apps were used over the weekend etc.
Any stories or photo’s/video would be great as well.
I will confirm the deadline for reports early next week however it would be great to get these done ASAP while the event is still fresh.
Have a great JOTA JOTI.
National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
0422 588 110
<jota.joti-@-scouts.com.au> (remove the – )
Scouts from 1st Highton will take SPOT for a walk to Central Australia in July 2017. This will be SPOTs first adventure out side of Victoria. We wish 1st Highton Scouts and their Leaders the best of luck and a great adventure in Central Australia with SPOT.
If you would like to hire SPOT for your next scouting adventure, please contact our secretary via the Contact us page.
Training is available if you are hiring SPOT for your first time.
For more general information about SPOT, please click here
Philip – VK3JNI
Can you believe it? Cub Scouts are turning 100 in 2016. As part of the celebrations, many Cub Scouts will be taking part in JOTA / JOTI this year.
CUB 100 call sign extension. If you are operating Amateur Radio with Cub Scouts present, you are invited to add the suffix CUBS 100 after your callsign. This will signal that your station has Cub Scouts present and keen to say hello.
Murray VK3MJT will be encouraging a number of radio clubs to operate as a drop in centre for Cub Scouts over the JOTA / JOTI weekend.
In Murray’s words, if I had a Cub pack with me, the extended call sign I would be using would be VK3MJT-CUBS100. By using and by listening for the extended call sign you know that Cubs are there on the air.
A special CUB callsign has been applied for and this will be on air from nominated location through the year including JOTA weekend. More information to come.
Lorraine O’Hare (VK2FICQ), National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator, Girl Guides Australia
has produced a new PR video for JOTA/JOTI 2016. Well done!
The gauntlet is down let’s see what we can do for scouts.
Philip – VK3JNI