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4452The 2013 National Scout Jamboree goes LIVE!

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  • Brian Mileshosky
    Jul 13, 2013

      The 2013 National Scout Jamboree goes LIVE!

      From July 15th – 25th, approximately 40,000 Scouts will converge on a sleepy little town of Mount Hope WV for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.  While there are a lot of high impact events for scouts to participate, the K2BSA site enjoys a high profile location nestled in between the AT&T Summit Stadium, Summit Center, and the landing pad for one of the many Zip Line adventures.


      K2BSA Plan


      Introduce the science, technology, and fun of amateur radio operation to Scouts and Scout leaders. Facilitate earning the Radio Merit Badge. Serve as the amateur radio voice of the Jamboree via two-way radio contacts within the Summit and worldwide.


      ·         Provide Scouts exposure to amateur radio, explain what it is, how it is relevant to them, and provide an opportunity to try as many aspects of the hobby as possible within the constraints of the Jamboree. Provide demonstrations to at least 4,000 Jamboree participants, including HF SSB and PSK as well as VHF/UHF FM.

      ·         Provide Radio Merit Badge training, counseling, and activities sufficient to allow a Scout to earn the badge within a four-hour time commitment. Target 400 badges earned.

      ·         Provide outdoor, high energy ARDF—Foxhunting training and activities.

      ·         Provide FCC Amateur Radio License testing services, as needed.

      ·         Provide an alternative communications mechanism to Jamboree participants and staff.

      ·         Provide exposure to the Jamboree to radio amateurs around the USA and around the world. 

      Not able to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree?

      Here’s how to engage with K2BSA and Jamboree participants as well as Jamboree visitors via amateur radio.

      On the Air Frequencies:

      SSB in MHz: 28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940

      PSK-31 in MHz: 28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580

      EchoLink: K2BSA-R Demonstration Station (node 4566), WV8BSA-R VHF Repeater (node 6544), W6BSA-R UHF Repeater (node 9877), Conference *JOTA-365* (node 480809)

      D-Star: WV8BSA and Reflector 033A — note that during the Jamboree WV8BSA is locked to REF033A, the dedicated Scouting reflector, to avoid problems with linking and unlinking with each operator’s preferences.

      CW: There will be limited operation on CW as time permits. See Scouting Frequencies.


      Are you planning to attend the Jamboree as a participant, staff member, or visitor?

      Here’s how to engage with K2BSA while on site.

      Be sure to stop by the K2BSA location in the Summit Center — demonstrations for Scouts, Radio Merit Badge workshop, and ARDF–Foxhunting.

      VEC Testing on July 17, 19, and 22.  High Altitude Balloon launches on 18, 20, and 23. International Space Station contact to be scheduled.  Nightly nets on repeater frequencies at 7 PM.

      EchoLink and D-Star as show above and repeaters show below.  Note that the D-Star repeater is locked to Reflector 033A, the dedicated Scouting reflector, to avoid problems with linking and unlinking at each operator’s preference.

      Summit Repeater Frequencies


      Output Frequency


      2 m FM

      146.700 MHz

      123.0 Hz

      70 cm FM

      444.025 MHz

      123.0 Hz

      70 cm D-Star

      441.8125 MHz

      Not applicable


      APRS will be active and K2BSA will be on the air with CW at times.




       Ray Novak, N9JA  

      Division Manager – Amateur and Receiver Products 
      Tel: 425.454.8155



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