GREENOCK DISTRICT SCOUTS & GUIDES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
TAKE PART IN 55TH ANNUAL JAMBOREE ON THE AIR (JOTA) 2012
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Leaders from 6th, 10th, 70th, 73rd & 97th Greenock & District Groups and Finnart & Terra Nova Explorer Scout Units travelled 57207 km via radio air waves last weekend during the annual worldwide Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).
Greenock & District Scouts & Guides Amateur Radio Club had their most successful JOTA weekend to date, with a total of 153 Radio Contacts in 32 countries. The first contact of the weekend was with the World Scout Bureau in Geneva, Switzerland. This is a much sought after radio contact and Scouts from 73rd Group who were visiting the station at the time were able to pass greetings messages to the Swiss Scout radio operator.
Over the weekend contact was made with 36 International Scout Stations in 13 different countries including the German and Dutch Scout HQ stations. Our more unusual contacts included the 1st Sukuta and 1st Bijilo Scouts from Kombo in The Gambia and The Scouts of Peace from Saudi Arabia. Throughout the weekend our young people passed greetings messages to other scouts throughout the world and swapped stories about their scouting likes including favourite campfire food – Baked Bean sandwiches!!!!
There were many visitors to the station during the weekend including Paul Laverty (ADC Activities) and other local Scout and Guide personalities and local amateur radio operators. Many of the visiting Cubs & Scouts were able to complete a large portion of their communicator badges. Meanwhile some of the Beavers completed their Explore & Experiment Badges and part of the Friendship Challenge.
If any group would like to find out how the Radio Club can help with badge-work, then please contact them by email: moc.oohaynull@gst0mm For more information on the activities of the Scouts and Guides Amateur Radio club check out their website http://mm0tsg.wordpress.com where you can also find a link to their Twitter feed.
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