JOTA 2008

VK1TKA JOTA 2008 Station
1st Aranda Scout Group


We are 1st Aranda Scout Group, located in Canberra, ACT, Australia. This year we are operating our own JOTA station on 18-19 October 2008.
The amateur radio operator is Clayton (Scout name 'Penguin'), who is a Joey Scout Leader with the group. Call sign is VK1TKA.
Our time zone is Australian Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST). We are now in daylight savings time, which is UTC + 11:00
Hope that we can talk with you some time over the weekend!
Greening Australia, located beside our hall, have kindly allowed us to use their internet connection for the weekend.


 Local Time




 Sat 18 Oct 2pm - 5pm  18 Oct 3:00 - 6:00  Setup. Scouts will erect a mast for the antenna. Equipment setup
 Sat 18 Oct 5pm - 6pm  18 Oct 6:00 - 7:00  Joey Scout radio session
 Sat 18 Oct 6pm - 7pm  18 Oct 7:00 - 8:00  Cub radio session
 Sat 18 Oct 7pm - 9pm  18 Oct 8:00 - 10:00  Dinner, Campfire
 Sat 18 Oct 9pm - 10pm  18 Oct 10:00 - 11:00  Cub radio session
 Sat 18 Oct 10pm to late     18 Oct 11:00 - late  Scout radio session
 Sun 19 Oct 7am - 9am  18 Oct 20:00 - 22:00  Radio session
 Sun 19 Oct 7:20am  18 Oct 20:20  AO-51 Satellite pass
 Sun 19 Oct 10:30am  18 Oct 23:30  Go home


We are located at Aranda, Ginninderra Region (Belconnen), ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Australia
Grid Square:  QF44
GPS:            35° 15.245' South   149° 04.867' East      (map datum WSG 84)
Altitude:        624m

JOTA Operation

We will be operating on the following bands and modes:
  • HF (80m, 40m, 20m, and maybe more depending on propagation) - voice, digital, SSTV
  • VHF - local IRLP repeater. Node number 6336
  • Echolink VK1TKA node 401676
  • Satellite - AO51

Other Activities

UHF CB Games


All sections helped to construct the radio antenna system. The Joey and Cub sections helped build the antenna wire and feed.

Photos on the day


JOTA 2008 Slideshow

The above slideshow photos are available at:
If you wish to use any of these photos for publicity or other purposes, please contact me first.


We had an excellent JOTA. Unfortunately we were unable to get the JOTI online, but with the JOTA results that didn't matter!
We had radio contacts within Australia, and with New Zealand, Finland and Great Britian. We also had echolink contacts with Canada, USA, England and South Africa. We even had a radio contact through the AO-51 amateur radio satellite. Dinner, campfire and camping were very much enjoyed.
Thank you to all those that we contacted, and to all those that helped make JOTA at 1st Aranda possible. We are looking forward to JOTA 2009!
For my full event report, see the attachments below.


Joey Scout Leader, 1st Aranda Scout Group

I may be contacted at:

Clayton G,
Oct 28, 2008, 12:38 PM