The 15th & 16th October is Scouts Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) weekend and this year the Quantum Tech Club and Meirion and Porthmadog amateur radio societies will be joining forces to assist the 1st Porthmadog Scouts to lay on a special event station for the event.
What is JOTA?
Scouts JOTA is an international weekend and Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers around the world will be making use of the amateur radio stations to contact other Scout in the locale, or in other countries and exchange greetings. In addition to this, the work they undertake during the weekend will count towards various badges that they all strive to obtain.
Porthmadog's JOTA station
The 1st Porthmadog Scouts' JOTA callsign will be GB5PSJ (Porthmadog Scouts Jamboree) and they'll be on the air between 10am and 4pm on both days. In addition to running the special event station, activities will include a balloon race and internet chats with other Scout groups in the U.K. and around the world.
Follow GB5PSJ on Twitter
You will be able to track the progress of the JOTA station on Twitter. So do sign up to follow @gb5psj before the event starts; the station will tweeting throughout the weekend.
JOTA's a great opportunity
Scouts who attend the station will have a great opportunity to meet other young people and make some new friends and will receive a participation certificate and proof of merit for the communications badge. Please note that to earn the badge Beavers, Cubs and Scouts only need to attend for a few hours over the weekend to enable them to complete the required activities.
For those Scouts attending lunch will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday and there will be an opportunity for Scouts to stay over night in the Scout HQ, if they wish, for some late night radio operation and internet chat with other Scout Groups - food will be provided for overnight participants.