Sea Scouts are live on-air for special jamboree

Ferring Sea Scouts taking part in an on-air radio jamboree. October 2011.
Ferring Sea Scouts taking part in an on-air radio jamboree. October 2011.

FERRING Sea Scouts have taken part in an on-air radio jamboree.

It is the fifth consecutive year the group has taken part in the exercise, which gives them the opportunity to communicate with other Scout groups both in the UK and worldwide using either radio or the internet

The call sign for the 1st Ferring group was GB5OFS – to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Nick Plumb, from the group, said: “Those who visited the Scout hut in Ferring were able to listen and, if not too microphone-shy, speak to amateur radio stations set up around the country and also further afield.

“Of particular note were contacts made with the headquarters of the Scouting movement at Gilwell Park (callsign GB2GP), Brownsea Island (GB0WPS) where Lord Baden-Powell established his first Scout camp, the World Scout Bureau in Geneva (HB9S) and Scout Troop 49 in North Carolina (USA) with the callsign WT4IX.”

Also set up in the Meadow Way hut for the event, which took place last month, was a JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) station allowing laptop communication with groups even further away including Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Other activities involved decoding and sending Morse code, using the phonetic alphabet and a construction session making a morse key which operated a flashing light.

Nick added: “Thanks to all those who helped set up and pack away for the day as well as the operators of our station (Nigel G3YSW and Martin G7RQD), Colin (section assistant) who supervised the construction session and, of course, members of the group who attended on the day.”