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Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016

amateur-radio-roundtableTom Medlin, W5KUB, hosted Bill Stearns, NE4RD, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, on his September 20, 2016 Amateur Radio Roundtable Show. We spoke about the full sweep of amateur radio within Scouting. Tom hosts a great amateur radio television show every Tuesday evening.

You can see the video and download the slide deck at Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016.

It’s Not Too Late To Put JOTA-JOTI On The Air This Year

If you’re like me you have had a crazy and busy summer and maybe your JOTA plans have been delayed. Here is the good news – it is not too late to put JOTA-JOTI on the air this year from your area. All it takes is 3 easy steps.

Join Or Start An Event



Check with your Council and District to see if there are any events planned where you can help. Check the JOTA-JOTI website for the world-wide and USA list of events at If you can’t find one, consider doing an event with just your Troop or ones that are close to you. It could be a one-day event or even just an afternoon.   You might also consider a camping trip and taking some radios with you. Check for ideas and guidelines and tips. While you are on the site consider joining K2BSA. Even if it’s just you, jump on the air and talk with Scouts around the world giving them contacts and time on the air.

Register and Get On The Air

Register your event at Consider checking into the Scout spotting cluster at and if you want to try to set up a scheduled contact check out All modes and frequencies are available including digital and Internet based, Also check out Facebook, Twitter and most other Social Media.

Add even more fun to your event by doing JamPuz or these activities . It will be a full moon so consider telescopes and maybe Google’s Sky Map app.

Report Your Activities

It doesn’t matter how big or small your event, don’t forget to file an After Action Report by completing your JOTA Station Report at For guidelines on how to report try   Every station that submits a JOTA Station Report will automatically be entered into a drawing sponsored by ICOM’s Ray Novak, N9JA. You will be in the running to win the grand prize, an Icom ID-51A Plus Ultraviolet HT. Icom America Ham Crew T-Shirt will go to five runners up. You will also receive a Reporting Certificate.

Don’t forget to have fun and be one of the 1 million who participate this year. Thanks for your support of Radio Scouting, it starts with you.

Don Kunst
EMT-P Tactical, BSIT, ASM T151, W3LNE
ShelterBox Ambassador
K2BSA Amateur Radio Association Vice President

Jamboree on the Air and Radio Scouting July Newsletter Posted

All the latest news about Jamboree on the Air and Radio Scouting is available in the July Newsletter. You can find it at July JOTA Newsletter.

Don’t miss another issue. Subscribe at JOTA Email Sign Up.

Icom Updating Station Loan Program with IC-7300

7300 Front PanelIcom America, whose sponsorship agreement with the Boy Scouts of America was recently renewed through 2018, is in the process of updating all the local council amateur radio loan systems with their new HF+6 meter transceiver the IC-7300.

You can learn more about the IC-7300 at their website and through Ray Novak’s blog entries titled IC-7300 – A Game Changer and IC-7300 – If King Midas was a Ham.

We feel that the IC-7300 and it’s touch screen display with real-time spectrum scope and intuitive function/menu selection is the perfect way to get Scouts to connect with amateur radio. After all, it meets them in their world of touchscreen smartphones.

Find out more at Icom Station Loan Program.