Rain storms became a bit of a theme for our operation. We shut down the station in the late afternoon and really didn’t fire it up until the next day. Hosted the nightly net via a laptop running Echolink. The rain did force a few people into the demonstration tent seeking shelter which gave us the opportunity to introduce them to amateur radio!
Total demonstrations for the day reached 412 Scouts spread over 111 Qs. Forty-seven Scouts earned the Radio Merit Badge. Eleven Scouts got out on the ARDF course. We also conducted a balloon launch, this time with GPS receiver and APRS transmitter, but things went haywire and we were not able to track the balloon.
License exams increased the population of hams by nine. One of our staff members passed the Extra exam. The pass rate has not been very high at all, which will be food for further review of the need for this service at the next Jamboree.
Today we have another balloon launch planned, a full day of Radio Merit Badge classes, and tear down of the station in the late afternoon. We’re missing a couple of states for Worked All States. Not at all close to DXCC.
Thanks to everyone who got on the air and worked K2BSA and spent time with the Scouts.