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Ask an Astronaut a Question

During the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, the NA1WJ Amateur Radio Station will be in contact with the International Space Station as part of the ARISS Program. During the contact, which lasts about 10 minutes, we will have 10 Scouts speaking with an astronaut. That conversation will be a question and answer session, with the Scouts asking a list of 20 prearranged questions.

Thanks to everyone who provided their suggested questions for the astronaut. We received almost 40 questions through our online survey. We’ve edited that list down to 30 questions primarily by dropping or combining duplicate questions. 

We now need to narrow that list to the 20 that we’ll forward in advance to the International Space Station.

We’d like your vote on the top questions. Click the button to see the list of 30 questions and to vote on your top questions.

Vote on ISS Astronaut Questions

NA1WJ World Scout Jamboree Update

We’ve just posted an updated version of the NA1WJ World Jamboree Operations Plan. Check it out for all the really detailed information about our upcoming operation in July 2019 at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

You can also find a great deal of information on this website to support working the NA1WJ station during the Jamboree. Here’s the list with links:

Please note, too, the ongoing support from Icom America that now includes the World Scout Jamboree. Thank’s Icom.

NA1WJ Press Release 05-06-2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/06/2019

West Virginia, USA, July 15th – August 2nd 2019 – Thousands of Scouts and Scouters from around the globe will be descending on The Summit Bechtel Reserve for the 24th World Scout Jamboree where the theme is Unlock a New World. The North American Contingents of Canada, Mexico, and the United States will play host for this quadrennial event.

Amateur Radio will have a strong presence at the event where they’ll be operating as NA1WJ, signifying North America’s First World Jamboree. The diverse team at NA1WJ will be staffed by amateurs radio operators from the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Taiwan, United Kingdom, among others. The team will have a well equipped demonstration station powered by the latest transceivers from Icom America, antennas from JK Antennas and DX Engineering, and various other accessories from MFJ Enterprises and Geochron. Scouts will be operating the various station positions with team members acting as the control operators allowing them to experience the magic, art, and science of Amateur Radio using HF, VHF, UHF, Digital, Satellites, and Morse Code.

Other activities that will be delivered by the team will be multiple high altitude balloon launches with an APRS payload that will allow Scouts and other interested parties to track the balloons as they traverse the globe, an Amateur Radio Direction Finding course where scouts will use direction finding equipment to locate hidden transmitters, and a contact with the International Space Station where Scouts will get a chance to interact with an astronaut. Live information, including pictures, videos, and current operating frequencies, from the site will be delivered via the K2BSA’s Facebook page, the Twitter accounts of @NA1WJ_Scouting and @K2BSA_Scouting, the NA1WJ Instagram account, the NA1WJ groups.io mailing list, and other outlets to be announced.

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More information available at https://k2bsa.net
Vision Statement & Operation Plan – https://k2bsa.net/world-jamboree-na1wj/
Mailing List – https://groups.io/g/na1wj
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K2BSA.Scouting
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/na1wj/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NA1WJ_Scouting https://twitter.com/K2BSA_Scouting

2019 World Jamboree — NA1WJ

We’ve just started working with the 2019 World Jamboree leadership on the amateur radio activation. It will be a part of Centro Mundial and in turn part of Living in the 21st Century and Communications/Media. This broader area includes exhibits that support conservation, sustainability, ethics/faith/belief, STEM, vocations/avocations, and inclusion.

The amateur radio operation fits nicely with STEM, avocations or hobbies, and certainly serves as an entry point for vocations. You can see the early operational vision document at World Jamboree — NA1WJ. Our goals are to introduce the science, technology, fun, and magic of amateur radio operation to Scouts and Scout leaders from around the world. We’ll also serve as the amateur radio voice of the Jamboree via two-way radio contacts within the Jamboree and worldwide.

The current vision by and large sees a similar operation to the 2013/2017 USA National Jamborees with an extensive demonstration station, ARDF-Foxhunting, and special events that include satellite contacts, an International Space Station contact, balloon launches, as well as low-power portable activation at Garden Ground on the Summit property. Since the Radio Merit Badge doesn’t apply worldwide, we won’t offer that instruction.

Much of the equipment is in storage at the Summit. This includes antennas, cables, and more. We also hope to have Icom America transceivers on loan.

The chosen amateur radio call sign is NA1WJ, representing the first North American hosted World Jamboree. We would have liked to have WSJ as the last letters. But the USA’s FCC doesn’t allow three letters in a call sign for the NA prefix. They also don’t allow two numbers, such as 24 for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

We did not feel that the K2BSA call sign would be suitable as the World Jamboree hosts are Scouts Canada, Scouts Mexico, and the Boy Scouts of America. The NA1WJ call sign seems more inclusive of this team effort for all of North America.

You can learn more about the World Jamboree at these links https://www.2019wsj.org and https://wsj2019.us  If you’re involved in Scouting and want to participate in the Jamboree, you can learn more at How BSA Members Can Participate in the 2019 World Scout Jamboree.

Stay tuned to learn more about this upcoming operation in July 2019.

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