Local Scouts to participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air

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Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, the nation and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack. This Oct. 20-22, Scouts from down the street, across the country and around the world will gather for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air. Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers, including girls, their families and friends. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio) or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.

The Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association will be at Camp Stambaugh’s Brown Pavilion on Oct. 21 and will have antennas in the air and radios working by 9 a.m. They will also have a special call sign for this event. Contacts may be made across the state, country or around the world with just the airwaves and a wire antenna. Scouts will be completing requirements for various awards in all of the programs of Scouting. The Great Trail Council’s Camp Stambaugh is located at 3712 Leffingwell Road in Canfield. For more information on this event, contact the Camp Ranger Nathan at 330-533-4538.

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