KB4SA Operating from Orange Park Festival for JOTA/JOTI

KB4SA is excited to be operating from this year’s Fall Festival at Orange Park Town Hall Park. Radio and internet operations will begin at 10:00AM and continue through 5:00PM, Saturday, October 15.

Units are asked to contact w1wcn@comcast.net for specific scheduling information. We will accommodate walk-ups, but having advance notice helps us assure that all scouts have opportunity to get on the air.

Special Event Station N4G will Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm


Scott Roberts – KK4ECR
2361 Oak Hammock Ln
Orange Park, FL 32065

Members of the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Florida Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm by running an amateur radio “special event station” at Camp Blanding, on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The “special event station,” (using the Amateur Call Sign of N4G) will make radio contact with amateur radio operators around the world. These contacts are in honor of those men and women who bravely served in Operation Desert Storm. Amateur radio operators, or hams, successfully contact the special event station via radio will receive a certificate commemorating the event.

“Thousands of hams covet certificates and post-cards from special events, particularly those events that recognize military service. This is just one way that we can honor the brave ladies and gentlemen that have, and continue to, faithfully defend liberty throughout the world,” says Joe Bassett, one of the special event radio operators.

This special event station is hosted by Clay County Amateur Radio Service (ARES) and members of Florida Army MARS. Clay County ARES provides communication support for charity and community events and sponsors the Boy Scout amateur radio station KB4SA. Florida Army MARS is a Department of Defense sponsored program which utilizes Amateur Radio operators to contribute to the mission of the Department of the Army. There are 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) ARES program, Ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free. To learn more, please visit http://www.clayares.org.

JOTA 2015 is in the Books: A Great Success


Jamboree on the Air 2015 is in the books. One HF station and two VHF stations were put into action as more than a dozen young scouts took to the airwaves for 18 contacts. Five of those contacts were with other JOTA stations in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York. 14 QSO with Scouts in those units made for a great day on the air.

Thanks to everyone that lent a hand in bringing up the next generation of amateur radio operators.

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Jamboree on the Air 2015


KB4SA will be on the air again for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) this year. Operations will begin at 0900 17 OCT from Black Creek Trail on Fleming Island. All scouting units that are interested in participating should contact Joe Bassett (KB4SA Advisor) at w1wcn@comcast.net.

Priority will be given to Scouts seeking to make contacts in fulfillment of merit badge requirements, but every effort will be given for all scouts to make a radio contact.

Last year, more than 50 contact were made throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. This year promises to be even better.

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