27 July till 8 August 2007, the 21st World Scout
Jamboree in Chelmsford in the United Kingdom was
on the air with GB100J.
found itself in an excellent location on the camp
side, right in between the Global Development Village
and the World Scout Centre. This meant lot's of
visitors during day time and even at night. The
international team of operators was lead by the
UK National JOTA Organizer Richard Gaskell, G0REL..
After some initial struglle to get all the equipment
together and working, the only thing missing were
the light bulbs. But there was no way to stop the
enthusiastic operators. Yes, you can of course operate
the short wave radio's at night and simply use a
flashlight to read the station log....!
A daily contact was maintained with the amateur
radio base at Brownsea Island GB100BI, with Gilwell
Park GB2GP and with the reunion station at Sutton
Some clever operators discovered that one could
ask each visitor to make a short radio contact with
them and in this way earn en extra point for the
centenary radio-scouting award. Never thought that
the award would even encourage the Jamboree participants
to make a radio contact, but so it did.
Jamboree programme guide presented a full page with
all the details of the activities available at GB100J;
click the logo and have a look.
was housed in a large tent on the central part of
the campsite. Two large beam antenna's plus a number
of wire antennas in between the masts were the Jamboree's
liveline with the outside world. Numereous contacts
were made with Scouts all over the world.
An exciting foxhunt and a kitbuiling project were
there to complete the radio adventure for the participating
history explained by World Organizer Richard Middelkoop,
PA3BAR, at the 50th JOTA birthday party, hosted
by GB100J on August 4.
The display shows a re-enactment of the first amateur
radio station ever to operate from a World Jamboree,
GB3SP in Sutton Coldfield in 1957. This station
sparked the idea of an annual get-together for Scouts
via amateur radio.
Unfortunately, the founding fathers of JOTA, Les
Mitchell G3BHK and Len Jarrett VE3MYF could not
be physically present at the party, but checked
in by Echolink later on.
The JOTA birthday party enjoyed the company of 120
Scout leaders from 86 different countries. Special
guest was RSGB vice-president Colin Thomas G3PSM
and his XYL. An excellent opportunity to exchange
ideas amongst the radio-Scouts of many nations.
It was in the same informal atmosphere that the
JOTA idea came up in 1957. This time the focus was
on the 50th edition of the JOTA next October.
course, no party without a birthday cake. The GB100J
team had them specially made with the logo of the
50th JOTA on top.
Symbolic of JOTA's rich history and future: the
most experienced Scout radio amateur on site, Tormod
Nordeng, LA8RU, cuts the JOTA birthday cake together
with the youngest Guide with a radio licence, Maura
Delegations from the Scout Associations in Japan,
China and Oman offered presents to WOSM in recognition
of the support given to the JOTA each year.
contact was made on 4 August at 21:10 GMT
with the International Space Station on one of its
passes over the World Scout Jamboree. The International
Space Station has an amateur radio station on board
that can be used by crew members with a radio licence.
The radio amateur with the crew was Clay Anderson
KD5PLA. The space station's call sign is NA1SS.
Quite a crowd gathered at the large tent were the
preparations for the space uplink had all been made.
Coordinated by Ivor G4GET, the uplink contact worked
just perfectly. It was a clear night and not only
could the Scouts speak with the Space station, they
could also see it passing over in the sky above
a look at the video made of the contact wih
the World Scout Jamboree,
the audio recording.