GB50BSOn the weekend of 20th/21st October 2007 I helped at the JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) event for the 7th Banstead Scout Group with the callsign GB50BS (Golf Bravo Fifty Bravo Sierra) or Banstead Scouts.

We had 4 sessions (2 Saturday & 2 Sunday) for the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers & Brownies to attend. Various activities were laid on. These included VHF (2M) and HF (mainly 80M & 17M) contacts to pass greeting messages to, Morse code practice. They also built an electronic kit.

Most built a simple Badge based around a battery box with a colour changing LED & a Dove on the front. A few of the older children built slightly more complex kits.

One of the Scout Leaders also brought the pictured cake with the 50th Jota Anniversary image printed onto it. (And it was delicious!)

As I stayed overnight at the hall after a late Chinese Meal we had a HF radio change and started slowly on the HF bands in the evening. Eventually after working TM2RWC things picked up enough to have a pile up for about an hour. (At this time I don’t have the log sheet, but in time will post some highlights soon

Field Day

On Sunday 18th September me and a few friends from my local Radio Club went up to Reigate Hill.

We were there from about 9:00am operating our Amateur Radios and for most of us was the first time we had operated away from home and clubs.

We didn’t make lots of contacts, but the experience gained will hopefully put to use on Official Field days soon, possibly helping with the Scouts ‘Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)’.

Should hopefully provide the log here soon, although I think is about 30-40 contacts in all.