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Essex Scout’s 434 MHz balloons

Scouts at Kingston Ridge Campsite in Essex had something special at their Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) – High altitude balloon launches

Radio amateurs Chris M6EDF and Steve G0TDJ launched balloons with 434 MHz transmitters on the Saturday and Sunday. The scouts were able to receive the signals from the balloons and follow their progress on a real-time display.

The balloon launched on Saturday had the callsign JOTA1 and reached an altitude of over 15,000 metres before landing in the North Sea.

JOTA2 on Sunday floated at an altitude of around 6,000 metres and traveled a lot further, its radio signals were last heard over Sweden.

Read the Essex Ham report on the first day of the event – Basildon JOTA 2014 – Day One

http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/basildon-jota-day-one.html

 

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Amateur Radio high altitude balloon experiments often serve as precursors to CubeSat design, construction, and launch.  High altitude balloon launches were a major highlight of the Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2014 during this past weekend at Essex in the UK.  Amateur radio operators Chris (M6EDF) and Steve (G0TDJ) launched two balloons (JOTA1 and JOTA2) which carried 434 MHz amateur radio transmitters.  JOTA2 was last heard over Sweden, while JOTA1 reached an altitude of over 15,000 meters before it plunged into the North Sea.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

AMSAT-UK upload JOTA greetings message to satellite | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 .AMSAT-UK uploads JOTA greetings message to satellite.  AMSAT-UK has uploaded a special Jamboree On The Air JOTA Greetings Fitter Message to the amateur satellite AO-73 FUNcube-1. Scouts and others can receive the message by downloading the Dashboard App software and listening to the beacon on 145.935 MHz +/- Doppler SSB.What is a Fitter Message ?‘Fitter’ is derived from ‘Twitter’. So it’s like a tweet, but via FUNcube.It is a short 200 characters maximum text-like message which can be uploaded to the satellite by authorised ground stations, and transmitted several times every five minutes or so. It will continue to be retransmitted until such time as it is replaced by a new Fitter Message.Links for tracking, downloads and other information can be found in the FUNcube-1 / AO-73 panel on the right-hand side of the AMSAT-UK homepage at http://amsat-uk.org/Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amsatukTwitter https://twitter.com/AMSAT_UK Share this page Follow usShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services3Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on rss  Advertisement

via AMSAT-UK upload JOTA greetings message to satellite | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

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Here’s a special treat for those contacting Boy Scouts and Girl Guides during this week’s 2014 Jamboree On the Air (JOTA).  AMSAT has sent a type of “twitter” message to the FUNcube-1 satellite addressed to scouts and girl guides around the world.  This would be an excellent message to share with the scouts and girl guides visiting your station.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Thanks for joining us today!

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

SU8JOTA the 57th Jamboree On The Air from Cairo Egypt | Southgate Amateur Radio News


SU8JOTA the 57th Jamboree On The Air from Cairo Egypt. The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society ERASD will be celebrating the 57th Jamboree On The Air JOTA from Cairo International Scout Center.The amateur radio station SU8JOTA will be active on HF Bands during the JOTA event 17 – 19 Oct 2014., activity will be on 20, 21,17,10,40 m. bands on and near the World Scout Frequencies CW & SSB and RTTY.We looking forward to work all Jamboree stations and many Radio Amateurs Stations from all over the world.QSL info. direct via SM5AQD and More information is on ERASD Facebook Page on https://www.facebook.com/erasdnet73s deSaid Kamel SU1SK

via SU8JOTA the 57th Jamboree On The Air from Cairo Egypt | Southgate Amateur Radio News.

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Here’s your chance to snag a fairly rare Egyptian contact during the Jamboree On The Air.  SU8JOTA will be on the air from 17-19 October 2014.  JOTA is the largest Boy Scout and Girl Guide event of the year. Grab some exotic DX at the same time you meet the upcoming engineers and technicians of the future.  This is a win-win situation for all involved. Plus, the event is a lot of fun.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Scouting’s 57th Jamboree On The Air Takes Place October 18-19


Scouting’s 57th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Takes Place October 18-19

TAGS: amateur radio, amateur radio licensees, ARRL website, boy scouts, centimeters FM simplex, control operators, cub scouts, Information, JOTA, JOTA guidelines, JOTA weekend, largest scouting event, local time, radio operation, Scout stations, Scout-to-Scout communication, world scout bureau

10/08/2014

Scouting’s 2014 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is set for the October 18-19 weekend. The annual event links Scouts and Guides around the world via Amateur Radio each third weekend of October. According to the World Scout Bureau, JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world, with nearly 750,000 Scouts participating from 6000 stations in 150 countries around the world. Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venture crew members. Not a contest, JOTA’s goal is to foster Scout-to-Scout communication across borders and oceans.

“The idea is to contact other Scout stations and allow as many Scouts as possible to talk to other Scouts and learn about who they are and what they are doing,” the Boy Scouts of America says in its JOTA guidelines, which offer suggested frequencies.

On-the-air exchanges typically include such information as name, location, Scout rank, age, and hobbies, but the conversation can certainly go beyond that. Amateur Radio licensees should be aware that international third-party traffic agreements may prohibit direct person-to-person communication between unlicensed individuals in certain other countries. In those cases, the station control operator may serve as an intermediary.

Licensed mentors often open their stations to Scouts on JOTA weekend, serving as control operators. Radio operation will be on 80 through 6 meters, all modes, and 2 meters and 70 centimeters FM simplex. Upward of 14,000 stations were on the air for JOTA 2013.

A JOTA participant patch is available, as is a certificate/log sheet that can also be used to fulfill a Radio merit badge requirement.

JOTA 2014 gets underway on Saturday, October 18, at 0000 local time and concludes on Sunday, October 19, at 2400 local time. The ARRL website also has information on JOTA.

 

via Scouting’s 57th Jamboree On The Air Takes Place October 18-19.

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I’m sure the late Les Mitchell (G3BHK), the “founder” of JOTA, would be proud that his scout-to-scout program has done so well since its inception back in 1958.  According to the World Scout Bureau, the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is the largest scouting event ever.  More than 750,000 scouts from around the world will use over 6,000 amateur radio stations to contact Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries.  Many amateur radio operators will serve as mentors to these young men and women and will be control operators of the stations hosting the worldwide event.  So, mark your calendar for 18-19 October 2014.  You can even help scouts qualify for their Radio Merit Badges.  According to World Scout Bureau officials, JOTA is not a contest, but an effort to “foster scout-to-scout communication across borders and oceans.”  Have fun.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Founder Les Mitchell, G3BHK, SK


Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Founder Les Mitchell, G3BHK, SK

TAGS: amateur radio station, chance, event, fact, father, great fun, horizon, JOTA, Plans, popularity, radio amateurs, rules, time, World Scout Jamboree

10/08/2014

With JOTA 2014 a little more than 1 week away comes word that its “founding father,” Les Mitchell, G3BHK, died on October 6. Mitchell started JOTA in 1958, after launching the idea a year earlier at the World Scout Jamboree. That was the first year the Jamboree had an Amateur Radio station on site, and it’s had one every year since.

“Little did I think when I drew up the plans and rules for the first event in 1958 that its popularity would increase and spread around the world,” Mitchell reminisced in 2000. “Even more astonishing is the fact that after all this time it still holds its popularity. In fact it has become the largest international Scout event ever.”

Mitchell said that far fewer Scouts were licensed in 1958, but over the years Scouts taking part in JOTA got so interested that they became radio amateurs themselves.

“JOTA is great fun,” Mitchell said, adding, “If you put nothing into the event you may get nothing out of it! JOTA is your chance to speak to Scouts and Guides over the horizon. Silence makes no friends!”

via Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Founder Les Mitchell, G3BHK, SK.

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On 06 October 2014, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, and Amateur Radio lost a true friend and mentor when Les Mitchell (G3BHK) passed away.  Mitchell started the program in 1958 after he ran a test program the year before at the World Scout Jamboree.  Mitchell said he was surprised the youth-oriented event grew in popularity each year, adding, “In fact, it has become the largest Scout event ever.” A good way to honor Mitchell would be to participate in the upcoming Jamboree On The Air (JOTA).  Scouts and Girl Guides around the world want to talk with you.  Perhaps, you’ll inspire them to become amateur radio operators or enter a technical or scientific field.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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