Contacts with the World Jamboree
R. MIDDELKOOP (Middelkoop@FEL.TNO.NL)
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 11:29:39 EDT
For those of you with scouts coming to the 18th World Jamboree:
The 18th World Jamboree will take place in the Netherlands, 1 -
11 August 1995. It is expected to gather some 25,000 Scouts from
all over the world. The Jamboree site is near the town of
Dronten, 40 kilometres to the East of Amsterdam, at the bottom
of the former IJsselmeer, 2.4 meter below sea level!
Ever since 1957, a World Jamboree has been equipped with an amateur
radio station. This station facilitates Scouts far away to catch a
glimpse of the Jamboree atmosphere by making a radio contact. It
also offers the possibility to contingents to send messages back
home, and have a short update of the news in their home country.
Of course, the 18th World Jamboree is equipped with such a
station. Radio-Scouting is well developed in the Netherlands.
The annual Jamboree-On-The-Air forms an integral part of the
Dutch Scout and Guide programme. The Amateur Radio activity area
at the Jamboree is based on this experience and offers the
following exciting activities to participants and visitors:
The amateur radio station with the unique call sign PA6WSJ will
be on the air continuously during the entire camp. It will
concentrate on the 15 m and the 20 m bands for long distance
contacts, whilst European contacts will be made on 40 m and 80
m. World Scout frequencies are used throughout. Since the
Jamboree takes place in the low of the sunspot cycle, extra care
has been taken to assure the possibilities of long-distance
contacts. The impressive antennas have been tested during the
European Jamboree with good results. They include among others
full-size dipoles and a 10-element beam antenna for the 20 meter
band. The authorities have kindly co-operated in allowing Scouts
to take part in the radio traffic themselves, a unique situation
for the Netherlands, since this is normally only possible during
the JOTA. Besides active participation in radio contacts, the
station offers to the Scouts activities like time-zone
calculation, computer logging of contacts, a six-position short
wave reception station, a do-it-yourself antenna workshop,
packet-radio operations, experiments with telex (RTTY) and
slow-scan television (SSTV).
At the "Scoutronic" workshop Scouts construct their own electronic
Dutch windmill with flashing lights. This activity offers an
introduction to electronics, on-hands experience with putting
together your own electronic circuit and the thrill of seeing it
work at the first try.
Computers play an important role in many societies today.
From a basic introduction to the use of personal computers to
sophisticated applications, all is available in the futuristic
computer workshop. You can print your very own photograph on
your own T-shirt, control a robot, compose your own musical
masterpiece and many more.
The exciting world of telecommunications is at your fingertips
in the "Telecom Today" workshop. Scouts can put TV images upside
down, make a telephone call via a fibre-optic link, try to fool
different sorts of electronic gadgets and consult the all-knowing
"Oracle of Dronten".
Reception of weather satellites and processing the
images received directly on-line from the Netherlands weather
service is included, since this activity also provides the meteo
information for the entire Jamboree.
Pre-arranging a contact with the World Jamboree is highly desirable
in view of the number of activities offered. Please look at the
suggested times and frequencies below, when making arrangements
with your local radio amateur. These times have taken the propagation
conditions into account and offer the best chances:
Continent band time in GMT
Australia & New Zealand 20m 0800 - 1000
SE Asia 20m 0800 - 1400
Africa 15m & 20m 1700 - 2000
N-America 20m 2000 - 2400
S-America 15m & 20m 2000 - 2400
Europe 40m & 80 m 0900 - 1800
You may send your request for skeds to the Jamboree Secretariat,
c/o Amateur Radio 4.72.01, P.O. Box 1995, NL-3830 EZ Leusden,
Netherlands. Clearly state your call sign, date between 1 and 11
August, frequency and time in GMT.
Scout radio amateurs who are part of their country's national
contingent and wish to serve as international staff at the radio
station are requested to contact the station manager for assistance in
obtaining an operating licence. Please note that participants
and visitors are not allowed to bring their own short-wave radio
transceivers onto the Jamboree site! This is to prevent
unnecessary interference to all the radio systems.
An option that is being looked at is the world-wide transmission
of Jamboree video pictures via SSTV at regular times. Further details
follow via the JOTA and Jamboree circulars.
Enthusiastic? Then inform your Scouts about the ways to catch a
glimpse of the World Jamboree!!
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TNO Physics and Electronics World Radio Scouting
Laboratory & JOTA Advisor
Den Haag, The Netherlands World Scout Bureau
email: MIDDELKOOP@FEL.TNO.NL packet: PA3BAR@PI8VNW.#ZH2.NLD.EU
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