GB2RE Jamboree On The Air 2023

In October 2023, Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) took place at Severndoog Castle, organised by the Scouts and Cray Valley Radio Society.

Severndroog Castle

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.

Kieran G8CHB and Steve G3ZPS hosting a morse code appreciation session with the scouts

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.

Justin G8YTZ at the Digital Amateur TV station