- The WJ0TA[/1] Scouting Amateur Radio Club in Maine
is going to be operating on HF and on APRS frequencies
There are other Maine JOTA stations operating as well.
We'll be hooking up with them on 2m.
Our press release to the media follows:
- - - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - - -
The Casco Bay District, Boy Scouts of America will be assembling this
weekend October 14-16 in South Bridgton for a camporee exploring
the theme of Communication is Key. Three hundred scouts, 11-18
years of age, and their leaders are expected at the Bridgton Historical
Societys Naramissic Farm. Along a five-mile hike on the nearby
narrow-gauge railway, scouts will competitively participate in a dozen
different forms of historic and modern-day communications activities.
Tours will be given of the preserved farmhouse; its construction dates
back 300 years to 1698.
This program was designed and delivered to scouts twelve years ago at
this site. However, several newer activities are added this year. A
GPS-equipped (global positioning system) Weather Balloon will be
launched which will transmit its position back to camp via ham radio.
Scouts will track the balloons position with computer mapping for
several hours during the day. Fundamentals of Disaster
Communications will be demonstrated and tried by the scouts. The Iris
Network will be demonstrating the technologies that visually impaired
persons use to communicate on the Internet. Adelphia is providing
broadband Internet service to the historical farm and camporee site for
Concurrently, around the world that weekend, Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts will be connecting via amateur radio on the Jamboree-on-the-
Air, and via the Internet as part of the International Jamboree-on-the-
Internet events. The camporee site in South Bridgton will be equipped
to join in that global communications Scouting activity.
Digital graphics, video, music, and commercial advertising are key forms
of communication in use around the world today; they are significant
parts of the world economy. So, these modern elements are being
woven into the traditional parts of the camporee campfire program. At
any traditional campfire program, the participants come together and
contribute talents for the entertainment of all. So, this campfire is going
to include several multi-media components produced by the boys
themselves. The scouts will compete to see which troop among them
can come up with the best 60-second commercial advertisement, and
execute it live in front of all the troops. Lake Region TV will help the
scouts produce a DVD video of the weekends events.
The Bridgton Lions, Harrison Lions Club, and the Bridgton Historical
Society are the sponsors of this Boy Scout camporee. Casco Bay
District serves the scouts from Cumberland County plus the towns west
to Fryeburg. Boy Scouts and Webelos Scouts from other districts are
welcome. For more information or to register for this event, call Pine
Tree Council BSA Service Center