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Jamboree on the Air / Internet Luton 2019

Date: 3rd Nov 2019 Author: Gerald Law

Luton Scouts recently operated a Jamboree on the air amateur radio station alongside it`s internet counterpart.
Utilising the Ross park headquarters for the weekend adults Scouters enabled Scouts from across Luton to speak to other Scouts from all across Europe and individual contacts with all 5 continents.
The weekend was a great success and could not have happened without the help of a catering team and all the leaders who made it possible for the Scout sections to attend.
Amateur radio has been at the forefront of disasters. In WW2 amateur radio operators supported the interception of enemy transmissions which were used at Bletchley Park. It was so secret, these operated were give Observer Corp Uniforms to explain why the person had not been called up.
On 11TH September 2001 the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City were hit by airplanes bring down the radio aerials. To support the Firefighters, amateur radio operators set up at one of the control centres for an hour or two until the authorities were back up and running. This was so successful, amateur radio operators have a permanent parking space for their radio unit in case of an emergence.

Mark Chamberlain

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls