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World Jamboree License Testing — The Behind the Scenes Story

Story submitted by Bill Clark, N3DOU

What Happens at the Jamboree Doesn’t Stay at the Jamboree!

FCC License Testing Makes a Difference Around the World.

What started as a quest to get one of our World Scout Jamboree IT/COMMUNICATIONS team members, who happens to work for the Boy Scouts of America, his Amateur Radio License turned into an adventure at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia.

Earlier, at the 2017 National Jamboree a group of hams on the IT/COMMUNICATIONS team encouraged Scott Wyatt to get his ticket.

Then at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, we started to ask around if there were any Volunteer Examiners on site at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Bruce McPherson, AB3AC, and I, Bill Clark, N3DOU, were Laurel Volunteer Examiners (VE) and we did find others who were affiliated with Laurel as well as the ARRL VEC. Matt Hackman, K1FUP, was kind enough to start pulling together an ARRL VE Team.

Many thanks to Keith (N8WSN), Mark (KR8N), Ed (WV8ED), and all the local W5YI group who made this exam session possible.

As we worked toward getting a VE session going we realized that with all of our staff duties it was becoming difficult putting all of the pieces together. At that point I realized there might very well be a local VE group willing to provide a testing session. I contacted Chris Hatcher, KC8AFH, the local on-site AT&T Wireless Technician to ask around. And wouldn’t you know the local W5YI team was willing to do a testing session for the group. Not only that but the testing session that had started as 1 had now grown to 9.

In our IT/Communications group we had another member, Patrick (BOOMER) Corley who we also had been after to get his ticket. He said I’ll give it a try. Then we had two other team members Andrew Pobrica, KN4GNC, and Max Krochman, KK6ILQ, who were Technicians that wanted to upgrade to General.

Elinor just found out she got her ticket!
She was part of the NA1WJ staff from the UK and has NO BACKGROUND in RADIO.
She studied on her own along with help I am sure from the rest of NA1WJ staff!
And to top this accomplishment!
Elinor’s boyfriend flew from the UK to the USA to propose to her and she accepted!

So, as we were trying to put the testing session together we were at the NA1WJ tent asking around who were VE’S and such. As you can imagine, the word was getting out among the staff. Little did we know that it is customary at a World Scout Jamboree to have a social get together of all Amateurs in camp! This was a first at the Summit as far as I know and a tradition that I hope continues in 2022 at the National Jamboree! It was a well attended event and now we had a number of Licensed Amateurs from other countries who wanted to get their US ticket along with 2 unlicensed staff members of NA1WJ. Note that over 300 hams signed the logbook at the NA1WJ station during the Jamboree.

On Wednesday night, July 31, 2019 at 7 PM we were able to hold a W5YI testing session at the Piggot bunk house IT/Comms office.

It is with pleasure that we can report everyone who tested passed at least technician.

  • KN4WYL: REMKO WELLING, PE1MEW, Netherlands — Technician & General
  • KI5GHJ: SCOTT WYATT — Technician
  • KN4WYM: PATRICK CORLEY — Technician
  • KN4WYN: TOBIAS WOLFGANG SENTI, Liechtenstein — Technician
  • WA7GIG: HANNU RATTO, OH7GIG, Finland — Technician
  • KN4WYP: ELINOR SPARROW, England  — Technician
  • AC5G: ROBERT ELSINGA, PC5E, Netherlands — Tech to Extra in one session
  • KN4GCN: ANDREW POBRICA — Upgraded to General
  • KK6ILQ: MAX KROCHMAN — Upgraded to General

The proud participants and examiners

Bill Clark N3DOU presenting WSJ 2019 memorabilia to the VE team in appreciation for their efforts on very short notice!

 

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

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