July 6-13, 2019 Scout Pacific Jamboree at Camp Barnard

25 Jan

To Interested Amateur Radio Operators, from Ron Bilinsky VE7RTB, this is a request for ham volunteers to assist at the 2019 Scout Pacific Jamboree.

Special Note: If you can’t come and help, Camp Barnard will be listening on the following frequencies during the Jamboree between 0900 and 1800 and would really appreciate some contact for the scouts to talk to. Frequencies are: 80m = 3.940 MHz, 40m = 7.190 MHz, 20m = 14.290 MHz, 17m = 18.140 MHz, 2m = 146.580 MHz (simplex) and the WARA Repeater.

The 2019 Scout Pacific Jamboree is being held this summer from July 6 – 13 at Camp Barnard in Sooke at 3202 Young Lake Road. As in 2015, we will once again be running a “Ham Radio Station” for some 3000 Scouts, (i.e. youth aged 11- 14 years old). I am looking for Ham certified volunteers to sign up for one or more 3-hour shifts, (i.e. from 9:00 am til noon or from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm), between July 6 -13. NOTE: There will be at least 2 other Ham volunteers in the station, including myself (Ron Bilinsky) and Don Tolson.

During the 2015 Jamboree at Camp Barnard some 500 youth visited our station over the 8 days. Many of them earned a Ham Radio PJ badge by completing 9 different tasks that included activities such as:

  • deciphering a daily written Morse coded message
  • doing a Ham Radio word search
  • talking with other local and international Hams on an HF or VHF / UHF radio
  • learning how they can earn their Ham Radio certification
  • going on a Fox Hunt
  • making a Morse code beaded bracelet
  • learning the phonetic alphabet, etc.
  • learning Morse code on practice noise or light generating keyers. (Does anyone have a Morse practice device?)

If you have the time and interest, we would love to have you join us. The process is to sign up as a “day visitor” at the volunteer registration website (see below), so that we know who is coming and when, and we can have a day pass ready for you at the front gate on the day that you arrive at Camp Barnard, which will be required to enter the property as we maintain a high degree of security and safety for our youth. We can also use your ideas and suggestions and some help setting up the Ham station, antenna and other equipment the week or more before the Jamboree for those interested.

Please pass this info on to other local Hams who you think might be interested and have them call me.Scouts Canada – Pacific Jamboree 19 Special Events (Ham Radio Station), 2338 Sunriver Way, Sooke BC V9Z 0Y4. Sincerely, Ron Bilinsky VA7RTB, email ronbilinsky@shaw.ca   Phone 250-664-7048

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

This procedure is for registering Day Staff. This includes those day volunteers involved in Ham Radio and others. As our registration process is electronic this year, we have developed the following registration process:

HINT: Look for the form at the bottom of the registration page where you create a personal account.

Complete the following sections:

  1. Include a digital photo of yourself (like a passport photo – but you can smile for this one). No headgear or sunglasses.
  2. First and last name
  3. email address, mailing address, phone number
  4. your myscouts number (enter “Day Staff” if you do not have one)
  5. First choice area of interest = Other
  6. In the section “Please briefly tell us about any experience…” enter which group you will be working with (i.e. ham radio).

Each volunteer will need to complete a Code of Conduct and Hold Harmless form. If they can download signed electronic copies onto their registration form – great.

http://www.scouts.ca/wp-content/uploads/safety/Code-of-Conduct.pdf

http://www.scouts.ca/bpp/forms/Hold-Harmless_Individual.pdf

Otherwise, we will have paper versions on hand at PACIFIC JAMBOREE for volunteers to sign when they come to Administration for their ID tags.  NOTE: I am available to assist if there are any questions/concerns, YIS, Karen PJ 2019 OOS Registration,

email oosregistrar@scouts.ca

PS: We can also use your ideas and suggestions and some help setting up the Ham station, antenna and other equipment the week or more before the Jamboree for those who are interested. Also please pass this info on to other local Hams who you think might be interested and have them call me.

Thanks, Ron Bilinsky VA7RTB, email ronbilinsky@shaw.ca   Phone 250-664-7048

Canada Day Cross Canada IRLP Net

26 Jun

On Monday, July 1, there will be a Special Canada Day Cross Canada IRLP Net. This will happen at 0800h local time on the WARA 146.840 repeater.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this net, all operators in every province and territory (that has an IRLP node) check in and say a few words, and pass good wishes to all on the net. It is normally held each Wednesday morning at 0800h local time.

The net starts in BC and moves across  Canada. It returns to BC for one more round of check-ins across the country.

It is a directed net, so the usual net protocols are in place. For those of you that have not used the IRLP system, you must key the microphone and pause for a second before speaking to let the IRLP system kick in. Please join us as we celebrate our great nation’s birthday.

Field Day 2019 Update

27 May
Field Day is approaching on Saturday June 22 to Sunday June 23. Once again WARA is taking part, and our location will be Heritage Acres in Central Saanich, as usual. The actual logging of contacts starts at 1200h local time ... Read more »