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Spook-O-Ree and PARC

The Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted the 24th annual Spook-O-Ree at Camp Don Harrington on Saturday October 22nd and 29th. The event drew boys outdoors where they executed physical trials and learned values of the Cub Scouts. Represented the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC), N5HPJ & WD5FOI Coordinated a demonstration of ham radio in which KE5ZRT & KE5ZRU explained the fundamentals of amateur radio mechanics, on-air activities, and ham radio’s role in SKYWARN storm spotting. Others that superbly supported the event included: N5YXN, K9DMV, & K5BOB. Many other operators assisted from home by engaging the scouts in on-air conversation, but the star of the show had to be N5BNU who talked to the scouts over the radio for an amazing 4 hours and 15 minutes!

Over the two weekends approximately 850 scouts were introduced amateur radio and made their first 2m simplex and repeater contacts using the Caprock Intertie linked repeater system. The PARC is grateful for all that assisted, and especially grateful to the Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the opportunity to share ham radio with so many scouts.

Link to a Spook-O-Ree Photobucket slide show: http://s926.photobucket.com/albums/ad106/tornado-alley-rats/Spook-o-ree2011/?albumview=slideshow

Feel free to copy or download any of the photos for your own use.

 


The 53rd JOTA–October 16 & 17 2010

Update: Photos from the 2011 JOTA are now on the ARES website, and can be viewed on the right sidebar of the page. You can click on a photo from the slide show to view the full-size image, and right-click to print or save a photo.

What is Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA)?

The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the–Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home…..

Since 1958 when the first jamboree-on-the-Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have “met” each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.

With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.

Date and duration of the event

The world–wide Jamboree-On-The-Air is organized to coincide with the third full weekend of October each year. The event starts at 00.00 hours local time on the Saturday and concludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours local time on the Sunday. Each station can choose its own operating hours within this period.

The Amarillo event will occur at Camp Don Harrington, which is located in the west section of the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle just 10 miles south of Amarillo on south Washington Street (FM 1541).

To volunteer to help with this year’s event in Amarillo, contact John Robinson, WDFOI at 806 206-3648 (cell) or 806 355-7889 (home). Please call after 12:00 (noon).


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