Jamboree On The Air 2013

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VK3SCG tower

Last weekend was the annual Scout & Guide Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA as it is often known.As I have done in the past I operated the VK3SCG JOTA station at Gilwell Park Scout Camp in Gembrook with the Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit.

The JOTA Patrol Activity camp includes many activities such as Fox Hunting, Metal Detecting, Radio Orienteering, Mast Construction and Geocaching. There is a market fair on Saturday night where the scouts get to trade ‘JOTA dollars’ earned during the day.

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Operating VK3SCG

The radio conditions on Saturday and Sunday were good and I was able to find Scouts stations for all but one group to talk with. As in previous years there was great interest by the scouts in my QSL card collection. I have two folders full of QSL cards in plastic pockets showing different places that I have contacted and this is quite interesting  to the scouts.

I’ll be back again next year.

 

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