JOTA 2019

Saturday October 19, 2019

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JOTA 2019 will be held at the Conner Pavilion in Lake Park  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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JOTA 2018

 Once again for the third year LARA participated in BSA’s annual JOTA event which provides young scouts the opportunity to communicate with other scouts via amateur radio. This year we had a great turnout for our event.  Sixty youth along with their parents and leaders came out to take part. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts participated in this years event.

I would like to thank all members and visiting hams who came out to help set up, operate stations and see to it that all who came had a chance to talk and experience ham radio. I would also like to thank Denton County Emergency Services for the use of their Communications Vehicle for the day. Looking forward to next year being an even better event. Thanks again.


LARA Vice President Mike Reitz - W5EVT, Event Chair for JOTA


The annual Boy Scout Jamboree-on-the-Air was held on October 20, 2018. This was our third year for participating in the event and, by far, was our most successful. 

We have grown from 5 to 60 young people coming out to experience their first exposure to amateur radio. A huge thanks to Mike Reitz - W5EVT for coordinating and planning this event. 


A lot of time and energy was spent by Mike and his team visiting scout troops and district roundtables publicizing the event and it certainly paid off. A blind drawing of attendees was conducted and two lucky scouts were awarded weather radios. 

Fourteen members and two guests spent the day working with these young folks to build their interest in our hobby.

LARA President Ron Ford - KF50MH


     JOTA had 60 youth participating this year 

The following sixteen amateur radio operators provided equipment, people-power to help us staff and achieve a very successful Scout Jamboree-on-the-air this year, and were awarded Certificates of Appreciation: 

Ron Ford, Ron Bath, Jim Horton, Steve Kline, Clark Highsmith, Ben Highsmith, Dale Chatham, Perry Abernethy, Dale Finley, Dale Hiatt, Tracy Edwards, David Jackson, Ron Swain, Mark Culross, Jerry Garrett, and Gerald Marchant. 

Congratulations go to our club’s Vice President Mike Reitz - W5EVT who was the Event Chair for JOTA this year. He was instrumental in securing our use of the venue and official call Sign K2BSA/5.


Ron Bath, KG5VIS, LARA Newsletter Editor