Jamboree On The Air 2013 Posted on 18 Nov 2013 by Al [VE7EAR] The Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around Canada, and in your own community.
Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio shack, Scout meeting place, camp or community center. JOTA started right here in Canada in 1958. In 1997, communicating through the internet was added, and this was called Jamboree on the Internet or JOTI for short. Both annual events are now international in scope, and sanctioned and sponsored by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. Each year, more than 500,000 Scouting and Guiding youth from around the world take part.
In Canada, anyone can speak on an amateur radio station under the supervision of a licensed operator. In some countries, only licensed Radio Amateurs are permitted to speak on the air, while in other countries, Scouts and Guides are permitted to speak on the radio just as we can here in Canada.
VE7VX, Paul, reported that the day went well. There was about fifty youths ranging from Beavers to Ventures that attended from the following; 1st Haney pack, 1st Haney troop, 4th Mission Company and 1st Laityview troop. Contacts were made with Brisbane Australia using the IRLP node and Long beach California. VE7EAR had been listening on the day and was impressed with the quality of the conversations from the youths on the air. VA7SDL, Simon, thanked VX, MOC, TE and Sophie for all the work they did to make this JOTA/GOTA event a success as all the leaders who attended had commented on how great the sessions were and the three rivers coordinator for the event was impressed with the quality of the day. The club was also presented with a certificate of appreciation from the 1st Haney troop, this will be placed on the club room wall.
During our AGM on 4 June 2013, club members officially recognized our first recipient of the Floyd Beardsell Award (also commonly known as the President’s Award) – and the recipient is none more fitting than our very own, newly-elected Club President, Nick [VE7TE].
The Floyd Beardsell Award is the highest honour our club can bestow upon a member – that one member who best exemplifies service towards furthering both Amateur Radio and their local community.
It should then come as no great surprise to anyone who knows Nick, that he quite easily fulfilled every single aspect of the award criteria – with no less than three separate nominations from club membership – and having previously (and currently) served in every Club Executive position, chaired many of our club committees, serving with the British Columbia Amateur Radio Coordination Council, a Volunteer Examiner and Elmer to many new (and old) hams, our local liaison for the Provincial Emergency Program; Pitt Meadows Day Parade and Fireworks; Maple Ridge Santa Claus parade; Pitt Meadows Airport Days; etc, etc, etc… …honestly, the list here truly is exhausting… …and quite literally as endless as Nick’s devotion to both Amateur Radio and his community.
The Floyd Beardsell Award (President’s Award) is named after our organization’s first President; who, for many years, has also worked tirelessly towards furthering both Amateur Radio and the local community.
Club President, Nick [VE7TE] (right), being presented with the Floyd Beardsell Award by MRARC Sergeant-at-Arms and Awards Committee Chair, Mike [VA7MTD] (left)
L to R: Mike [VA7MTD], Nick [VE7TE], and former Club Presidents, Mike [VA7BZ], Lynn [VE7LYN], and Dave [VA7DRD]
Nick [VE7TE] proudly showing off his new hardware
L to R: Nick [VE7TE] being presented with his keepsake certificate by our organization’s very first Club President and award namesake, Floyd Beardsell [VE7HI]
On behalf of the entire club – CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE NICK!
During our AGM on 4 June 2013, the following members were elected to our Club Executive (from left to right):
Simon [VA7SDL], Club Secretary
Wayne [VE7AJ], Vice President (incumbent)
Nick [VE7TE], President
Eric [VA7EW], Treasurer (incumbent)
Our membership welcomes both Simon and Nick to the Executive; give heartfelt thanks to both Wayne and Eric for their continuing service; and offer our sincerest congratulations and best wishes to one and all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELAY TO ALL AMATEURS OPERATING WITHIN THE SALISH SEA (PACIFIC NORTHWEST) REGION
The Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club is calling upon all licensed Amateurs in South-Western British Columbia and North-Western Washington State (see projected coverage map below) to assist us with testing and coverage verification of our new 2m repeater.
Amateurs are welcome to check-in during our weekly Radio Net; or submit a signal report via our Contact Page.
Our weekly Radio Net is conducted each Wednesday night via the VE7RMR repeater in question, starting at 7:30pm (Pacific Time).
The VE7RMR repeater transmits on 146.800 MHz, with an input of 146.200 MHz (and a tone squelch of 156.7Hz)
For those unable to reach the repeater, but still able to copy it, you also have the option of checking in to our weekly net via either IRLP or Echolink: IRLP Node: 1910 Echolink Node: 51910
Alternatively, one can also drop us a quick signal report using the convenient Contact Form. (see link below)
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You are now hearing our new repeater. Marty, VE7XX, got some good video of installing the new antenna, and of Nick, VE7TE, turning on and tweaking the repeater itself.
Early reports indicate much improved coverage over the lower mainland of British Columbia.
Congratulations are to go to Nick (VE7TE), committee chairperson, Marty (VE7XX), Eric (VE7EW), Earl (VE7QJ) and Graham (VE7WGJ) club liaison with the Maple Ridge Fire Department that brought this project in collaboration with the Maple Ridge Fire Department to a successful completion.
A job well done.
Here’s some videos of the new antenna going up and our new repeater going live: