JOTA 21st-22nd October 2017

LADARS recently assisted West Lothian Scouts by supporting Jamboree On The Air, from a dedicated camping site near Torphicen.  An advance team set up the antennas and main operating centre in the reception building.  On Saturday the operating teams arrived and operated two HF SSB stations using GB2 WLS.  Conditions were good for a change with 20m and 40m being the favoured bands and were very busy with JOTA stations, both national and international.  The Slow Scan TV operations proved to be of great interest to the Scouts, with contacts to Spain, Russia and Canada to name a few.  On Sunday Beavers joined in.  However, conditions were not so favourable and contacts were somewhat slower, this was not helped by a contest.  Slow Scan TV proved again to be popular.  This stat station then moved to FT8 digital mode and immediately started to make a lot of good contacts including Japan, Australia, central Europe and many more, this again, sparked great interest.


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