JOTA for many years has relied on HF Radio for many of our long distance radio contacts. Many scouts will know that this requires good radio propagation and low noise levels for good clear contacts around the world. HF Radio will still be in common use but we now have something new.
With the recent changes in Amateur Radio Licensing in Australia, many JOTA stations will taking advantage of the current surge in Digital Radio modes. To help meet the expected demand over the JOTA weekend, the Digital Radio Modes will be reconfigured.
For VK3 JOTA Stations who have requested Scout Callsign – these have been registered with an DMR ID. If you are in Victoria (VK3) and wish to use the DMR for your allocated Scout Callsign, please send email request to Scout DMR registration at – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VK-DMR Network will have Time Slot 1 Available for JOTA, with the Following Talk Groups, TG 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 These will be all on TS1 and the rest of the TG’s 5, 3809, 3810, State TG8’s will be turned OFF for the JOTA Weekend.
Please added TG 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 to your Radios, for the JOTA Weekend.
This will also be available for Hotspots for JOTA as well, as the IPSC2 Repeater server and the IPSC2 Hotspot server will have these linked
If you wish to use DMR at your JOTA station, please send email request to Scout DMR registration at – email@example.com before Thursday 17 Oct.
Photo above – DMR Radio and Hotspot.