Robert Paul Malchow, Ph.D. 312-996-2025 (U50311@UICVM.BITNET)
Mon, 19 Oct 1992 10:41:08 CDT
Concerning PDR's comments about JOTA:
Odd, your experience with JOTA was very close to my own
We attended a camporee this weekend at camp Tomo-chi-
chi, just a little northwest of Chicago. Among the many
activities available for the scouts was an A-frame filled
with the electronic goodies necessary for conducting the
Jamboree-On-The-Air. While I was there, one of our scouts
(of Mexican origin) was conducting a conversation with
another fellow in Texas in Spanish (the Texan operator in
San Antonio had a surprisingly tough time finding someone
who spoke espanol). Later, my own son had a chat with a
fellow scout in Canada, who I am told had a French accent,
suggesting that the broadcast originated near Quebec.
The ham operator at our site turned out to be a former
scout master (for 12 years!) who had been an "at large"
Scouter for 2 years. He and the San Antonio fellow had some
interesting conversation about trading patches (our council
will soon cease to exist, as we are merging with another;
thus our council patches appeared to be of more than passing
interest to the other operator).
It was really quite exciting to be carrying on
conversations with scouts from around the world, and having
JOTA at this camporee really added a neat new dimension to
the whole experience.
Regards, Paul "God, I love to go camping!" Malchow
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City