Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jamboree On The Air 2012

The Panama City ARC supported the scouts in the 2012 Jamboree On The Air or JOTA on October 20th.. 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.

This years JOTA had activities at the clubhouse and also included a scout troop at Sparkleberry Lake area just North of Bay County. Chris K4COZ guided his troop in building a VHF two meter antenna. The scouts erected the antenna on a mast and communicated with other scouts at the clubhouse and several hams in the area.

The clubhouse activities included facilitating scout to scout conversations via HF frequencies. The locations reached included Georgia and Texas. In addition to the clubhouse station, four portable stations were setup on the club grounds.

There were several hands on activities for the scouts; setting up an antenna mast, experimenting with solar power and learning some Morse Code.

Thanks to all the scouts, guides and participating ham radio operators and Rick Gutknecht this years JOTA Chairman for the club.

More photos are available at JOTA 2012 Album