Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit
Chair: Luke Byrnes
Minutes: Andy King
Meeting Opened: 7.33pm
Allison Burdon, Andy King, Daniel Gutsell, Francisco Rojo, Gemma Nash, Jenny Adams, Karl Donald, Kent Cochran, Kevin Bedford, Luke Byrnes, Matt Cengia, Murray Taylor, Neil Wilson, Peter Watkins, Philip Adams, Quintin Coutinho
Alan Stratford, Mark Perkins
Alister Blaney, Greg Lipschitz, Hayden McManus, Peter Chaplin, Peter Fraser
A summary of previous outstanding action items is included below.
|Jul 2021||Jul 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||Contact with Hallam Scouts||Luke|
|Aug 2021||Jul 2021 > VicJam||VicJam gear availability inventory using Google Forms/Sheets||Philip|
|Aug 2021||Jul 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||Contact 1st Sandringham Cub Unit||Murray|
|Aug 2021||Jul 2021 > Finance > Bank Account Updates||Paperwork to change bank account signatories||Andy|
|Aug 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||1st Sandringham Scouts Activity, Mon 23rd Aug||Murray||Karl, Luke|
|Sep 2021||Jul 2021 > VicJam||VicJam Adult Registration||---||---|
|Sep 2021||Jul 2021 > VicJam||Past course attendees||Luke||Philip, Kent|
|Sep 2021||Jul 2021 > VicJam||Contact Icom and WIA for sponsorship capabilities for VicJam|
|Sep 2021||Jun 2021 > 6.b.ii.1||COVID Management Plan for ARISS|
|Sep 2021||Jul 2021 > Program Support > ScoutHike||Liaise with ScoutHike re: equipment||Kevin||Kent|
|Sep 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Planning||Organise 1st Upwey Scout Night||Kevin||Dan|
|Sep 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Support||Organise support for Night Owl||Alan||Mark|
|Oct 2021||Jul 2021 > Program Planning > Activities > JOTA||Construct additional Fox Hunting equipment||Bryan|
|Nov 2021||Jul 2021 > VicJam||WSPR station setup for VicJam|
|Nov 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||Planning for Boroondara District Cubs Day||Murray||Luke|
|Nov 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||Organise date for Moreland Darebin District Joeys Day||Neil|
|Nov 2021||Aug 2021 > Program Planning > Activities||1st Sandringham Cubs Night||Karl||Murray|
It was moved by Murray Taylor and Philip Adams that the minutes of the SRESU meeting held Tuesday 12th July 2021 be adopted, with the addition of Mark Perkins to attendees list. Carried unanimously.
|Account||Balance on Monday 9th August 2021|
Further details are included in the finance report attached as Appendix 1.
Marine Radio Training Course at Williamstown - Saturday 31st July. The course went well with eight participants.
Last minute VicJam site inspection at Elmore Events Centre occurred on Sunday 1st August 2021. Notes from Murray are included in Appendix 2.
Amateur Foundation – Wattle Glen (Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th August 2021). Course did not run due to COVID lockdown. Registrants offered transfer to the Mafeking Course (Friday 27th - Sunday 29th August) with difference of course fees to be paid, offered credit to a future course, or offered refunds where applicable (net cost of Foundation books).
Activity night at 4th Brunswick on Thursday 19 August - commencing from 1830. 4th Brunswick have a 40-strong Cub pack ... Brian - I would like to borrow at least two more foxhunt sniffers, and would like to have 2-3 more team members on hand, with activities. I hope to have 4 off ISM band HT units with me for them to try message passing, but if someone else can provide some indoor activities (andy Image transmission?, anyone phonetic nought/crosses etc? ) to create some rotations. I might be able to establish an external operator to 'have a chat' with the Cubs on 2m.
Hello My name is Alexander and I have been allocated a night to plan and run for this term for the Scouts. My dad has been learning about radios and the electronics. I am interested the other Scouts learning more about how they work with signals and using them to talk to people in other countries or states because we use mobile phones but dont really know how they work. I am also thinking that we could make a easy radio and play a morse code game. The night my leaders have given me to plan and lead is 23rd of august from 7pm to 9pm Are you able to help me organise this night please Alexander
Thanks for all your work! We would like to have a radio night at our hall on Thursday 2nd or 9th September this year. We have had a number of these nights over the years as our introduction to JOTA which we have attended for many years. These nights have generally been a series of rotational activities including fox hunting, radio battleships, mast erection and talking over a short wave radio. We start opening parade at 7.30 but arrive at 6.45-7pm to setup and finish with closing parade at 9.20. There is generally a window of 90 minutes for the rotations.
Interested in finding out more about activities for Cubs, possibly a fox hunting activity.
- foxhunting, message handling, etc etc
- this event is outdoors, though there is a hall that could be available depending on the other activities that they plan.
We're having an activity day for the District cubs, very much along the STEM lines, and the cubs have specifically asked for fox hunting! Can I also ask what the electronics kit building would involve - costs, time required, facilities required (eg indoor/ outside under a marquee), whether we could cycle 150 cubs through? Now that I've seen it on the list, I'm curious! (Had been thinking of cubs moving round bases of somewhere around 30-45 mins each) PS that's 1st Balwyn (my home pack) with Murray Taylor in the photo!!
I am the Group Leader of the Hallam Scouts and I would like to explore available programs and suitability for numerous sections please, I can then get section leaders to discuss details including dates. We have all sections from Joeys to Venturers but in varied numbers. Thank you
Neil has contacted Phillip Bailey.
After a brief email introducing myself/ the unit - Phil from 1st Reservoir Joeys indicated that they'd had significant interest in this activity at a district level and would like to run it as a Radio Unit Come and Try day for their district, which has 12 Joey mobs.
Their preference is for it to happen on a Sunday in term 4 preferably a Sunday in the back end of November/ start of December.
I indicated that from our perspective term 4 is likely to be reasonably busy with JOTA, VicJam prep and other activities so we would need to consider it at our next team meeting and get back to him with some potential dates.
From the previous list of activities I'm thinking it would be best set up as a series of bases with patrols rotating between them. From our list, potential activities for this age group could be:
+ Using conductive play dough to build simple circuits + Playing games such as battleships or hangman with a twist by using the Phonetic Alphabet and learning some simple radio procedures along the way + Building a simple skill tester and using it to compete against others + Fox hunting - patrols of hounds hunting out hidden radio transmitters using sniffers (specialised radio receivers coupled with a directional antenna to sniff out a signal). + Teaching component identification and using circuit building blocks to create simple circuits.
I haven't discussed this with anyone yet but if we are going to run a SSTV activity for VicJam this may also be a chance to use it as a trial run in place of one of the activities above. - Neil
Victorian JOTA Considerations
Request for assistance in running a JOTA program this year:
Dear radio comms team, Is JOTA/JOTI 2021 Friday 15th October 2021 - 12:00 am (midnight AEST)? What is required and how do we give Scouts from our group the opportunity to participate? We do not have our own radio communications, but the youth have their mobile phones. Are there radio communications app for their phones, so their phones work like walkie talkies etc?
From Lianna (Chil), 1st Kilmore.
ALARA Grant may be available to females applying for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio Licence. The grant is equal to approximately half the cost of the fees for assessment, licence and callsign. In addition, we would provide a complimentary membership to ALARA for one year. - See www.alara.org.au.
A discussion was held after SRESU business was concluded.
Skipping for the month due to Zoom meeting reducing the effectiveness of this item.
Meeting Closed: 8.37pm
Next Meeting: 7.30pm, Tuesday 14th September 2021 at the BATCave, Legana Street, Mt Waverley
Subcommittee meetings are being held on the last Monday of the month from 8pm. Next meeting: Monday 30th August
VicJam Notes have been moved to the VicJam meeting. Summary reports and key external action items only will be provided in the SRESU meeting agenda and minutes.
A discussion was held, mostly around outcomes of the site visit and future planning required.
Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit
|Account||Balance on Monday 9th August 2021|
|14 Jul 2021||Opening Balance||$5,415.85|
|22 Jul 2021||Philip Adams - Reimbursement for Training Materials Postage||$56.50||$5,359.35|
|22 Jul 2021||Philip Adams - Reimbursement for Geelong Foundation Exams||$270.00||$5,089.35|
|22 Jul 2021||Philip Adams - Reimbursement for Ivanhoe Marine Exams||$1,157.00||$3,932.35|
|5 Aug 2021||Scouts Victoria - Course Fees received for Geelong Foundation Course||$320.00||$4,252.35|
|9 Aug 2021||Andy King - Reimbursement for SPOT Postage (1st Bannockburn) & Batteries||$29.90||$4,222.45|
|9 Aug 2021||Closing Balance||$4,222.45|
|14 Jul 2021||Opening Balance||$7,436.70|
|30 Jul 2021||Interest||$0.30||$7,437.00|
|9 Aug 2021||Closing Balance||$7,437.00|