Jamboree On The Air 2015

2015 October 28 — George Riedell, KBØHVB

The 2015 Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) event, an event held annually on the third full weekend of October, allows scouting youth (Girl Scouts and Guides, and Boy Scouts) to use amateur radio to contact other scouts, and amateur radio operators from around the world. This year’s club event, was held at the Speaker Park Shelter House in Lake View, and hosted by former Boy Scout, George Riedell, KB0HVB with the help of fellow members in the Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club.

Lake View Boy Scout Troop 195 was represented at the event, Ryan Carpenter of Lake View attended the Jamboree on Saturday. He got to learn about amateur radio by helping to raise the wire antenna into the air and securing the ends, where he was able to demonstrate his knowledge of knot-tying. While raising and connecting the antenna to the radio, Ryan was able to learn more about how amateur radio works. After watching George make a few contacts over the air, Ryan took over on the microphone and enjoyed asking and answering questions from the contacts who were states away.

George, KB0HVB with Boy Scout Ryan from Troop 195 (and Ryan's Cub Scout brothers) - JOTA 2015 in Lake View - photo courtesy of Jessica Carpenter
George, KB0HVB with Boy Scout Ryan from Troop 195 (and Ryan’s Cub Scout brothers) – JOTA 2015 in Lake View – photo courtesy of Jessica Carpenter

After the event was underway, the group gladly welcomed the rest of Ryan’s family. His brothers, all Cub Scouts, got to join in on the fun. All four of the Carpenter brothers got some time on the microphone, and are reported to have enjoyed the opportunity to experience the thrill of talking on the radio.

The club also enjoyed a visit from one of the area’s newer young hams, Reuben, KE0BOJ from Sac City. Naturally, we got him on the air with the Scouts.

Ryan from Boy Scout Troop 195 with guest Reuben, KE0BOJ - JOTA 2015 in Lake View - photo courtesy of Jessica Carpenter
Ryan from Boy Scout Troop 195 with guest Reuben, KE0BOJ – JOTA 2015 in Lake View – photo courtesy of Jessica Carpenter

This year’s event was a learning experience for George as well, who is working on ideas to boost scout attendance for next year’s JOTA. The location was great, and the ability to get the G5RV about 60 feet up using a tall tree made for some good signals in and out of the station.

Stopping by to lend a hand during the event and ready with backup equipment for George’s unstable TS-940s were Dave, N0NAF and Arnie, WA0GUD. Special thanks also go out to the fellow members of the CVARC who helped provide equipment and support, Steve Ziegmann of Lake View, Jeremey Wunschel of Wall Lake who helped with some last minute radio repairs on the TS-940s, and Tom and Sally Riedell who helped with setup, organization, miscellaneous supplies, and refreshments.

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