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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

May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter

The May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter has been published. The big topic is the upcoming World Scout Jamboree and the NA1WJ operation. We’re also seeking questions to ask the astronaut during our planned contact with the International Space Station. And don’t miss our the K2BSA / Radio Scouting Booth at the Dayton Hamvention. You can find the newsletter at May 2019 Jamboree on the Air Newsletter.

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2018 Radio Merit Badge Numbers

You may have seen Bryan on Scouting’s post about the 2018 Merit Badge Rankings. If not, we recommend it to provide some perspective on this key element of the Scouting program. While there, go ahead and subscribe to keep up with all the news.

Reading down the page quite a bit, you can find the Radio Merit Badge ranked at 85 with the total number earned at 5,205. That’s down from 2017 at 5,840 and well down from the all time peak of 7,208 in 2013.

We know that many of you are running workshops and achieving great things in your district and council. Keep up the good work.

The chart below shows the number earned from 1980 to 2018. You can find further historical information at Radio Merit Badge History.

ARRL Service to Scouting Award Updates

The ARRL has updated their Amateur Radio and Scouting page with information on the ARRL Service to Scouting Award. This includes a list of all those who have earned the award since its introduction in 2014. As of this writing, the list numbers 84. Look it over to find out if there are others that should be nominated. You can find the nomination form on the same page.

When completing the nomination form, which advises that you complete it without informing the proposed recipient in order to avoid possible disappointment, we realize that you may need to talk with them to determine whether they’ve actually met the necessary requirements. Please feel free to work with the nominee to collect this information.

Congratulations to all those who have received the ARRL Service to Scouting Award. Thanks go especially to Steve Ewald, WV1X, Supervisor of ARRL’s Field Organization Team, for his work ensuring this award continues to be available and for pulling all this information together for publication.

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