GB5PSJ - Amateur Radio special event station for Porthmadog Scouts JOTA

Members of Quantum were down in Porthmadog over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of October 2016. Derek (G7LFC), Rebecca (M6BUB) and Alison (M6COV) worked with Simon (MW0GSR), a Scout leader at the 1st Porthmadog Scout Group, to run a Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) amateur radio special event station.

What is JOTA?

JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) is an opportunity for Scouts to learn about new technologies and gain their Communicator’s badge by making contact with other JOTA stations and Amateur Radio operators around the world.

This is the second time that the family team of amateur radio operators from Ormskirk will have travelled south to assist the Scout group. In 2015 they had a great weekend working with the Scouts who were all extremely grateful for the efforts that were put in to making the event so memorable and so much fun.

About the JOTA station

The station used the special event callsign GB5PSJ (Porthmadog Scouts Jamboree) and operated with the Scouts between 10:00 and 16:00 on both the Saturday and Sunday from the Scouts HQ.

About the team

Derek, Rebecca and Alison have a long association in working with youths and amateur radio.

Derek is a teacher of electronics in a college and is a member of the Training & Education Committee at the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and co-wrote the Train the Trainers Course. During the early 2000’s Derek was a Scout Leader with the 48th Southport Air Scouts where he ran several JOTA stations during his tenure. He’s continued his interest in Scouting and JOTA and is a keen supporter of both.

Rebecca is currently studying for a level 3 computer science qualification and hopes to become a primary school teacher. She works for the RSGB on the Youth Committee and visits clubs and events around the country promoting the hobby to young folk. Rebecca is an Explorer with the Porthmadog Scout group and is regularly found in Wales in her time off from college promoting the group and raising funds.

Alison works for a university as a personal tutor for trainee teachers. As well as being a member of Quantum she’s on the committee of the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) and is the club’s Chief Invigilator for amateur radio courses. Alison is also part of the RSGB’s Train the Trainers team delivering courses to clubs around the country.

Simon lives in Porthmadog and is a Scout Leader at the 1st Porthmadog Scout Group. His background is in communications and currently works within the electronics industry for a well know fire and security company. He’s been with the Scout group for a few years now and is keen to develop a scouting communications network within North Wales using amateur radio; JOTA is the first step towards this goal.