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  • ray@sirois.com
    The WJ0TA[/1] Scouting Amateur Radio Club in Maine is going to be operating on HF and on APRS frequencies for JOTA. FMI:
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 8, 2005
      The WJ0TA[/1] Scouting Amateur Radio Club in Maine
      is going to be operating on HF and on APRS frequencies
      for JOTA.
      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
      Society’s 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 balloon’s 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
      the weekend.

      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 weekend’s 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
      at 797-5252.
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