Amateur Radio

I spent most of last Saturday at the JOTA Station at Camp Maynard, Albany.
The event was the years Jamboree On The Air - Where Scouts and Guides (Etc) get onto the ham bands to talk to eachother for a weekend.

Photos are posted - http://www.blakjak.net/images/JOTA2005/

A good event run by our crew from Br65 Papakura - however, a few minor niggles

* Non JOTA stations monopolising the National System and other HF frequencies
* JOTA stations carrying out extended QSO's on the calling frequencies
* A general Lack of JOTA stations to work!

Next year, improvements maybe? We say this every year, though...

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Today I noted that Amateur Radio had a lengthy and well written article, and added some comments about NZ's Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group. The comments are viewable Here and the pointers head back to The NZART Web Site.

I even plugged our involvement in the Rally of New Zealand and linked through to my page on the subject. Wonder how long that'll stay :-)

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