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COVID-19 Guidance for Radio Scouting Activities

We’ve pulled together the following information on dealing with COVID-19 that may prove useful to your Radio Scouting activities.

Please note that each state, municipality, and Scout council have their own guidance for addressing COVID-19 issues surrounding Scouting activities. You’ll need to take those into account when considering any Radio Scouting activities.

As starting points, we recommend the following online resources:

Work closely with your local Scout council and health authorities as guidelines are open to change as local conditions change.

We’ve also pulled together these comments about Jamboree on the Air and the Radio Merit Badge from Bill Stearns, NE4RD, Scouts BSA JOTA Team Lead and President of K2BSA ARA, as well as Gary Wilson, K2GW, the Scouts BSA Radio Merit Badge Subject Matter Expert.

Here’s what they have to say specifically about the QSO requirement for the Radio Merit Badge:

Bill, NE4RD — 
As was discussed during the Ham Expo, connecting your rig to a zoom/google meet/skype call is completely possible.  If an operator can figure out how to run WSJT-X, shouldn’t take much more effort to get voice to pass through to the rig.
Gary, K2GW — 
Bill’s right, but it gets even easier.  The contact requirement can be done with a simulated  QSO, even to the point of squeezing the PTT switch on an imaginary HT in the Scouts hand.
“Using proper call signs, Q signals, and abbreviations, carry on a 10-minute real or simulated amateur radio contact using voice, Morse code, or digital mode.”
I recently counseled two Scouts remotely where they simulated a QSO with me over FaceTime, then watched me via FaceTime make a real contact and took a tour of my shack remotely for their station visit.

Our sense is that you could easily complete the entire Radio Merit Badge through online options.

Please feel free to add your own thoughts and comments to this post. We’re sure there are many creative options available to continue with Radio Scouting activities during our stay-at-home time as well as engaging in Jamboree on the Air, October 16, 17, 18.

2019 Jamboree on the Air Logo Announced

The 2019 Jamboree on the Air Logo has been announced. The BSA Scout Shop is currently manufacturing the patch and should announce availability and the order number soon.

Here’s the 2019 logo. It can be downloaded at https://www.scouting.org/jota/graphics/ 

October 2018 JOTA Newsletter

The October 2018 JOTA Newsletter has been published. Key stories around JOTA-JOTI location registration, station reports, and don’t miss Jocelyn Brault’s wonderful story about her introduction to amateur radio through Jamboree on the Air and discovering the hobby all over again some 30 years later.

Here’s the link: October 2018 JOTA Newsletter. Subscribe so you don’t miss a single issue.

JOTA-JOTI Flyer Template

We’ve just pulled together a flyer for Roundtable briefings here in the Longhorn Council. It may also be useful for your efforts. MS Word and Apple Pages files provided. Edit to fit your operation and get the word out.

Longhorn JOTA-JOTI Flyer – Apple Pages

Longhorn JOTA-JOTI Flyer – MS Word

Longhorn JOTA-JOTI Flyer – PDF as a reference in case the file doesn’t quite work the same on your computer.

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