That's what Ernie is saying alright. He has tried larger groups at the radio
and found that the experience was severely diminished. B-P had tremendous
foresight, don't you think? The other factor is total time - he ran his JOTAs
for one troop, so each patrol managed to get significant time on the air.
We're having JOTA at our fall camporee. Unfortunately, our district camporee
chairman has planned the entire camporee around having entire troops move from
activity to activity on a 45 minute schedule - JOTA is only one of a half
dozen activities. We're working with him to modify that plan, or to add
enough capacity and staff at our end to accomodate it by breaking troops up
into patrol sized groups.
> Shyness is a big factor. This is how it works. One Scout will be brave
> > enough to attempt a chat. The others will hang back for a while. Mic
> > shyness will disappear as time and QSO's go by. They will sound like old
> > hams by the end of the session. This assumes that one group of 6 to 8
> > boys takes part.
> Gee. That sounds like you ought to have one patrol at a time at the
> radio.... :)
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