Preparation for JOTA for 2016 is really starting to ramp up. I’ve had a number of calls and other conversations this week from various Scout and Girl Guide groups across Perth – and I’m only running one station. National JOTA co-ordinator, Sam VK6KSA has also been busy.
Scouts recognise JOTA as being the largest international event on the calendar with over 1 million participants worldwide.
JOTA is on the 15th and 16th of October this year, with some stations active from the Friday night. Like I said, Scouts WA are still looking for enthusiastic operators to help in running the amateur radio side of the event. If you can spare some hours over this weekend I am sure your local group will appreciate it.
Some stations may already have the equipment and just need some bodies to operate radios, it doesn’t take long to set up a portable station, and there is growing interest from some group in activating some SOTA summits for JOTA this year.
Don’t forget - this is a great opportunity for us as amateurs to show off our hobby to a captivated audience – and fire up some renewed interest from the future generations.
In the North, there are site operating at Cambridge, Beechboro, Eastern Hills, NCRG and Bullsbrook.
In the South, Lynwood – the home of Ham College, Wireless Hill – home of the WA VHF Group, as well and Cottesloe and Rockingham.
Please make contact with your local group if you know them, or contact Sam on 0427 333 379 or e-mail samadcock , that’s one word , @westnet.com.au.
If you missed it the first time round – Sam’s number is 0427 333 379
I’m Glynn VK6PAW,..
…hopefully operating JOTA this year as Victor-Kilo-Six, Sierra-Bravo-Kilo.