VTARA Participates in Jamboree On the Air

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, members of the Virginia Tech ARA and the Floyd Amateur Radio Socitety introduced about twenty scouts and parents to amateur radio at the Chantilly Festival Farm in Floyd, Virginia during the annual Jamboree On the Air (JOTA). JOTA is an internation event that takes place the third full weekend of every October with the aim of connecting boy and girl scouts around the world through amateur radio. The scouts came from Blacksburg Troop 704 and various cub scout packs in the New River Valley Area. All operations were conducted under the N4USA call sign of the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS).

Jamboree On The Air Success

As you know, a number of us were camping this past weekend with BSA Troop 704 of Blacksburg at the McDonald Farm just off of Prices Fork Road.  We had a really great weekend, and Scoutmaster Don Barker extends his thanks to the club for our efforts.

We had very good participation from the club, including Bob Schubert, KC4FNE, Ben Williams, KK4EWT, Shyam Nambiar, KK4ORE, John Dever, KD8UKE, Shenghou Ma, KV4RJ, Andy Armhein, KB3WPR, Mark Allamong, KK4QZF, and Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF.

K4KDJ Partners with Troop 704 for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

The Virgina Tech Amateur Radio Association will be camping with BSA Troop 704 of Blacksburg October 18-20 as part of the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). JOTA is an international event which takes place the third full weekend of October every year in an effort to connect scouts around the world. VTARA will be running a 2-Alpha Field-Day style (2 HF transmitters running on emergency/generator power) operation from McDonald's Farm using the club call K4KDJ. K4KDJ will be QRV the evening of Friday, October 18 through Sunday morning.

In addition to using the radios, scouts will be building survival shelters Saturday morning and sleeping in them Saturday night.

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