44th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
20th October 2001
All Singapore boys and girls can participate in the very interesting Amateur Radio of Event of the Year - JOTA.
|Our story commences with a
pair of cute and beautiful Brownies, with spectacles, wavy
long hair and all. No wonder the young man behind them had to
strain his neck for a better look. We hope to see the both of
you again next year!
|Then, we have
others who are young, pretty and looking smart with uniform.
Again, look at the two young men behind her, deep in their own
private conversation! We understand of course, their turns
would be next.
|Of course, we have equally
young and handsome ones too. STAR SEARCH (that's a local TV
station talent-search programme) should come to JOTA! We're
glad he came to the right place to start. That's the way to go
|Here is a pack
that is totally at home with the radio. Some have already lost
their caps, others, their scarves. Radio scouting is sure
And the story continues...
|David 9V1RH was giving a group
of scouts the run down on the finer points in conducting a QSO
(contact) over the air before putting them on a dry run with a
2-meter simplex radio link. The younger scouts and guides on
the other side of the microphone simply love speaking to an
"Ang-Mor", a voice with an European accent. We have
been requested to add other varieties for the next year. That
should not be much of a problem for SARTS.
|Ian 9V1WD and
David 9V1RH putting up a joint effort in coaching the younger
ones, not always an easy task. But with more than a hundred
years between them, they would certainly be up to the task. Hi
Hi! (that's how an amateur radio operator laughs when
transmitting with the Morse code)
|They all wore caps, so Jaya
9V1VS wore one too. All the 'Cappies' here form the other end
of the 2-meter simplex radio link. The megaphone on the table
was in case the radio failed!
experienced hand and a smile, Selva 9V1UV urged a young scout
on. It can be a very unnerving experience to speak into a
microphone for the first time. Yet we did have some very
potential amateur radio operators on that day.
|Kit 9V1SX had his hands full
alright. We meant his left hand with the microphone and the
right holding a pen to log a QSO
(call). The cubs around him
were waiting their turns for a chance to bark into the
fellow is a natural! A potential amateur radio operator
indeed, that is if he is not distracted by other things first.
Chew 9V1YP, kept a watchful eye as he spoke.
As the morning wore on, we managed to reach JOTA stations from Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and even one from the United States. Many of our scouts and guides were able to have meaningful dialogues with their counterparts from these countries. Most of the exchanges were centered around personal interests like hobbies and sports. Some may have exchanged email addresses for further contacts. Generally, it can be observed that our young people enjoyed most speaking with the very congenial Australians.
The haul of the day must be a JOTA station from Madagascar, 5R8ET at about lunch time. The QSO was moderately good but was difficult for the scouts and guides present to copy. Towards the evening, the band conditions improved and we were able to speak with more stations from Hong Kong and Macau.
The table on the right gives a summary of the contacts for the day.
|BEATTY SECONDARY (HOST)||-||28||-||-||28|
|GONG SHAN PRIMARY||8||-||-||22||30|
|CHUA CHU KANG PRIMARY||19||-||-||-||19|
|BLANGAH RISE PRIMARY||13||-||-||-||13|
|NEW TOWN PRIMARY||4||-||-||-||4|
|GREEN VIEW SECONDARY||-||5||-||-||5|
|CHAI CHEE SECONDARY||-||10||-||-||10|
|RIVER VALLEY PRIMARY||16||-||-||-||16|
|SHADOW (O) GROUP||-||20||-||-||20|
We would certainly look seriously into the many suggestions given by the visiting scouters. These included the setting up of more radio stations and other activities related to scouting and amateur radio.
Thank you for your support and participation!
All in all, many who came have had the opportunity to make friends from other countries.
Please visit this page again for announcements for next year's JOTA. We hope to organize more activities for everyone, and we mean everybody! You don't have to be a boy scout or girl guide to visit us at JOTA. Parents are invited to bring their children to learn about scouting, amateur radio and the practical aspects of radio electronics. We'll show you how to become a licensed amateur radio operator in Singapore and set up a radio station in your very own home!
This report has been prepared by Fred
9V1ZK, Oct 2001
Photo credit: Ian 9V1WD and Fred 9V1ZK
Copyright (c) 2001 by SARTS