ARRL East Bay Section

ARRL East Bay Section Participates in 52nd Boy Scout Radio Jamboree On The Air

Posted by af6aq on September 26th, 2009

The Red Oak Victory Ship (www.ssredoakvictory.com) in Richmond will host a Jamboree On The Air station, using the call W6BSA, during the 52nd JOTA, October 17-18, 1000-1500 hours local. Look for them on 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, and 7.190 plus or minus. For QSL card, contact Red Oak Victory Amateur Radio Club, 801 Payne Ct, Richmond, Ca 94806.

The USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club (HARC) will host JOTA station NB6GC from the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum in Alameda, CA.  NB6GC will be open for Scouts visiting the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier Museum from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 17.  HARC expects to be in contact with SS Red Oak Victory on HF and 2 Meters, using the ORCA repeater on 146.880 MHz to coordinate contacts on HF and simplex channels.  NB6GC will operate HF on 7.260 MHz and 14.263 MHz for QSO’s with other JOTA stations.  NB6GC will also conduct Internet VOIP QSO’s on QSONET / CQ100 using the “frequency” of 14.263 MHz.

Comparatively few scouts, in relation to overall membership, are able to travel and participate in a National or International Jamboree. This annual world wide event always held the third weekend in October gives scouts an introduction to amateur radio, the opportunity to participate in an official jamboree, and a glimpse into how vast the world wide scouting movement is.

Local Girl Scout Troops have always participated and are well represented on the air.

If you hear “CQ Jamboree” you are welcome to give them a QSO. Scouts are always interested to talk to other Ham Radio operators and to share your DX experiences.

For more info on this event visit www.scout.org/jota or email jotaforever01@yahoo.com