2006 & 2007 JOTA pictures
October 20 & 21, 2007
The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club (www.hosarc.org) hosted the
50th annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) from it's club station within
the Hall of Science in Queens, NY. The Hall of Science
(www.nyscience.org) is a science based museum on the site of the
World's Fair grounds in Flushing Meadows Park.
The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club operated both Saturday and
Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM eastern time. Scout troops from around the
New York City area were invited to participate. Several troops made
it down to our shack over the weekend and operated on HF, 6m as well
as on Echolink through our club's repeater on 70cm. Everyone
attending had lots of fun. In addition to operating the radio and
making contacts around the world the scouts were able use the
museum's 400 hands-on exhibits. Rob Smith (AB2UV) who is a
Committee Member in Troop 787 and Board Member of the Hall of
Science Amatuer Radio Club is already planning next years JOTA. Mr.
Smith is also preparing to have a radio merit badge day.
Assistant Scoutmaster Richard Bazant (W1CZ) from Troop 18 in
College Point made contact with a friend using Morse Code. The
friend needed a contact from Queens County to earn an award.
Jacob a star Scout from Troop 787 Flushing (Electchester) NY and a
licensed amatuer radio operater made his first contact of the day
with Greece. Prior to the JOTA the only international contact Jacob
had was with England.
Mr. Francisco Solano (KC2HZH) a Scoutmaster from Manhattan who
attended both days was able to use his bilingual skills. Contacts
were made in spanish and interpted for those in the shack. Some of
the countries he made contact with were with ham operators that
spoke spanish and no english.
Over the two days the Scouts and Leaders made contacts in Germany,
the United Kingdom, Sweden, Ireland, England, Denmark, Netherlands,
Netherlands Antilles, Brazil, Sudan, Costa Rica, Trinidad and
Tobago, Oman, Ontario-Canada, Quebec-Canada, Yukon Territory-Canada,
Mexico, Japan, Greece, India, Indonesia, Chile, Russia, Turkey and
Contacts were also made in the Uniteds States in the following areas
Bear Mt NY, Guthrie OK, Plano TX, Elizabeth IN, Fresno CA, Ft
Lauderdale FL, Kenduskeag ME, Hermon ME, Lewiston NY, Kirkland WA,
New York NY, Georgetown DE, Ossining NY, Toms River NJ, Brooklyn NY,
Concord NC, Lake Ozark MO, Crescent City FL, Calhan CO, Cedarhurst
NY, Bronx NY, Madison AL, New Port Richey FL, McDonough GA, Hyde
Park NY and Fresh Meadows, NY