JOTA

This year, the 2013 worldwide Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) was held from the 19th to the 20th of October. JOTA is the largest event held by the Scouts and Guides annually. Every year, thousands of Scouts and Guides share program ideas, greetings and experiences on the airwaves with their counterparts hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of miles away.

Many new friendships are forged this way using radio-waves to communicate with the many Amateur Radio stations setup across the world for this huge gathering. 

In North Malaysia, one of the JOTA was at the SJK (C) Sin Ya at Bukit Mertajam in Penang State led by Scout District Commissioner of Bukit Mertajam Mr. Tan Sow Sung, 9W2SCO. It was the largest JOTA gathering in the country, with a total of 700 Scouts and Guides participating, including some 30 Scouts from neighboring Thailand and one of their Directors of Education.

The Amateur Radio team set up 2 HF stations & 2 VHF/UHF stations. The antennas featured was a Spider Beam (10m/15m/20m), An R7000 multiband HF, Two Dipoles(20m & 40m), A VHF and a UHF. All the antennas were setup in the school field for easy viewing. 

The station callsign was 9M2PX which belongs to Mr. David Yeoh. David has been a licensed ham radio operator for more than 26 years and was leading the Ham radio team for this event. With oodles of experience under his belt, he was more than happy to share his passion in communication with the Scouts & Guides present. 

On SOP were 9W2PG, 9W2NJH and 9W2KNW. They were instrumental in guiding the Scouts and Guides to make proper contact, with many of their cares making successful HF contacts throughout the event. 

The event runs all the way to midnight to take advantage of radio propagation as well as allowing better contact opportunities with JOTA stations in different time zones around the globe. Successful HF contacts made from the North Malaysian JOTA station included China, Taiwan, Europe, Russia, Vietnam, the United States, and more. 

Also logged were a number of local contacts with other Amateur Radio stations within Malaysia from Penang Island, Bagan Lalang and Johor Bahru.

 

QSL duty for 9M2PX was handled by Neoh (9M2CLN).

All QSL cards can be sent direct to “PO Box 125, GPO 10710 Penang, Malaysia” or via bureau. 

73 !!

De 9M2CLN.