In October 2023, Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) took place at Severndoog Castle, organised by the Scouts and Cray Valley Radio Society.
CVRS ran four bases this year. Together with the normal HF, DF hunt and Morse-code bases, the club also ran Amateur TV for the first time. All proved very popular with the most popular, and the one that drew the most comments, being the Morse sessions.
The feedback received again singled out the Morse code sessions for particular praise both in terms of how the youngsters took to it but also the attention to detail from the instructors.
It is fair to say that the event had its fair share of adversity this year as well. With frequent very heavy rain, a geomagnetic storm flattening the HF radio bands for much of the time, a fault on the HF triband dipole antenna, and noise on 40M and 17M. That said no young person went without making their first Amateur Radio contact, just that this year some were only as far as Deptford, Thamesmead or Essex, which is sad as before the first ones arrived, we were having armchair copies with Australia.
A new feature this year was Amateur TV with Justin G8YTZ running a session in the JOTI (Jamboree On The Internet) room.