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2017 JOTA Report Winner — K4V

Thanks to everyone who filed their JOTA Station Report. As promised, all the names were entered into a drawing and K4V was the winner of the Icom ID-51A Plus. Thank you Icom America for your continued support of amateur radio in Scouting.

K4V was on the air from Louisville, TN and the Great Smoky Mountain Council. They’ve shared a few photos of their operation along with a delightful video that captures the excitment of getting on the air during JOTA. Congratulations to George Shields and Stephen Carpenter of K4V for conducting a great Jamboree on the Air operation and in winning the HT for filing their station report.

K4V Jamboree on the Air Operation in 2017 from K2BSA on Vimeo.

We used RandomPicker for the drawing. Click on the seal of approval below for verification.

K2BSA at the Hamvention 2017

It was a new place and a new arrangement for the Hamvention® in 2017. K2BSA Amateur Radio Association was there with a booth promoting all things Radio Scouting. The traffic was incredible on both Friday and Saturday. We handed out all our Radio Scouting buttons and quite a few brochures as well.

WA5DM, net control for the monthly Radio Scouting net on Echolink, KD2GUW, and K5ND.

You can see the photos of our booth nearby. It was staffed by: Dave Long, ND4SU, who also stores our display between Hamventions; John Deegan, K9XT; Brian Chen, KD2GUW; Bob Bereit, K3RMB; Gary Wilson, K2GW; Mike Crownover, AD5A; Mike Yammine, KB3CMS; Jim Rossow, KF6GRI; John Eggum, K4EGG; Jim Wilson, K5ND; and Dale Lamm, NX8J. Thanks to all who pitched in to spread the word about Radio Scouting.

We were fortunate to have a booth allocated to us. In the last several Hamventions the ARRL had generously provide space but with new facilities they worked hard to fit in all their own displays. Icom America provided financial support for our booth as well as one of the IC-7300 Scout Council Loan stations for display. Thank you, Icom America. You can find our poster and banner at Hamvention Poster.

I will also note that on Thursday, Jim Wilson, K5ND, attended the CW Ops Dinner to accept their Award for Advancing the Art of Communicating with Morse Code on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. The nomination referred primarily to the Morse Code Interpreter Strip.

Thanks to everyone who supported our booth and stopped by to compare notes on how best to extend the reach of amateur radio within Scouting.

January 2017 Newsletter Published

The January 2017 JOTA and Radio Scouting Newsletter has been published. The big news in the introduction of new Radio Merit Badge Requirements, including the new option of ARDF-Foxhunting.

You can find the newsletter at

USA JOTA 2016 Flash Numbers

Thanks to everyone who filed their Jamboree on the Air station report. After sifting through the reports and eliminating a few duplicates along with reports from countries outside the USA, we’ve compiled the early flash numbers. The great news is that there have been some excellent increases in participation. See the nearby graphic for the key numbers.


We’ve also conducted a drawing for the prizes that Icom America generously donated to generate enthusiasm for station reporting. It worked! The happy prize winners have been notified. WA4OTD was the grand prize winner and will receive an Icom ID-51A Plus.

We used RandomPicker to do the drawing. You can see the full results at×23971

Next Steps

The next steps are to do further analysis and finalize the report for full publication. We’ll be sifting through the written reports and suggestions, finding memorable quotes and photos/videos, as well as searching for other insight. We know for starters that there was far more interest this year in JOTA-JOTI from Scout leaders and parents based on the new 2016 Arrow of Light award requirement.

Thanks again to everyone who got on the air, shared the fun, technology, and magic of amateur radio with Scouts, and filed their report. Stay tuned for the full report later this month.

73, Jim Wilson, K5ND