We had a hot day with a number of lightning alerts, but no rain. The Jamboree settled into a routine. Many Scouts are headed out to a full day of service off sites and a number are headed on a trek to Garden Ground. That makes for relatively moderate traffic in the station. Plus, we were shut down for lightning warnings for a while. However, the Radio Merit Badge workshops have been full to capacity each day.
The numbers for the day were 306 Scouts received demonstrations over 102 QSOs. Conditions have not been the best. Fifty Scouts earned the Radio Merit Badge. ARDF saw 14 Scouts get on the course and find the hidden transmitters. We had a team of Scouts and a team of Adults engage in a competition with the Scouts setting a new course record in the process!
The high altitude balloon launch came off without a hitch during Airborne Day in the Summit Stadium.
The ARRL Letter promoted the K2BSA operation. Thank you to our partners at ARRL.
The highlight of the day was pulling 10 Scouts names out of the hat for the contact with the International Space Station. To get their names in the hat, they needed to complete the Radio Merit Badge here at the Jamboree. We’re now in the process to contacting the Scouts and their parents to get everything set up for the contact on Saturday, July 20. More on that later today.