Re: [ScoutRadio] Great weekend
- Super weekend here in New Mexico too! Troop 409 went camping at San
Gregorio reservoir near Cuba, New Mexico and we set up our JOTA
station...Field Day style. Radio was a 756ProIII, 100 watts into a 66
foot long Carolina Windom high in Ponderosa pines, and everything
powered by deep cycle battery).
We worked 23 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, England, Wales, Ireland,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Cape Verde, Puerto
Rico, Cuba, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina,
Brazil, Christmas Island (T32C DXpedition), French Polynesia, New
Zealand, and Japan.
They boys fell hard for chasing DX during JOTA since the bands were
white hot, everyone wanting to only work new countries they hadn't yet
worked. In all the JOTAs I've put on, this was by far the best one in
terms of showcasing ham radio at its best with only a basic station but
super propagation. Most contacts were on 10 and 12 meters, some on 15,
and a few on 20.
At night we completed some astronomy merit badge requirements with the
help of an Assistant Scoutmaster in our troop who's big into astronomy.
One of the scopes was used during the day to project the sun onto a
screen and Saturday's many sunspots were very apparent. It was neat to
make a real-time connection with the boys and say "Because of these
(pointing at sunspots on screen), you are racking up those (pointing to
the whiteboard listing the DX being worked)."
Another real-time lesson connection made with the boys was noting the
progression of DX worked and propagation as the sun went across the sky
-- Europe and Africa in the AM, Caribbean and South America in the
afternoon, and South Pacific/Asia in the evening.
Now it's time to get QSL cards into the mail for the boys. I hope
everyone else had a great JOTA.
ARRL Director, Rocky Mountain Division
On Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:00:24 -0000, Tim W4YN wrote:
> Troop 49 (WT4IX) had a great JOTA, lots of nice contacts. many DX
> including Marshal Islands (2nd year now) New Zealand and a it seems
> like most of Europe! Morse senders for cubs was a great success, will
> try and expand on this next year.
> Tim W4YN