NEXT MEETING IS OCT. 20; DALE KB5NFT WILL BE THE PRESENTER -- See info below
JOTA this year has a much different look for us. Due to the ongoing pandemic we can not host our annual in-person event for the scouts. As an option we are asking our members and guests to monitor the various modes and calling frequencies to answer CQ calls from scouts or to call CQ for JOTA stations. Here is a link to the modes and calling frequencies for each --
For the fourth year in succession LARA participated in the World Scouting Jamboree-on-the-Air. The 2019 version was the 62nd annual event for World Scouting. At Conner Pavilion in Lake Park we had two HF stations, a VHF/UHF station and numerous digital mode stations. There were also several Radio Merit Badge Counselors on site to work on merit badge requirements with the scouts.
Check out the Gallery page for pictures from the event.
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