Campbell River Scouts get help from DRS Emergency Communications Team for Jamboree Live – Campbell River Mirror

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Campbell River Scouts will connect and connect with other Scouts around the world with a little help from the Strathcona Regional District Emergency Radio Team.

This weekend is the World Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA), where Scouts around the world connect with each other using amateur radio. On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scouts will participate in drills at the Campbell River Search and Rescue Center and on the trails at Willow Point Park.

“We are thrilled to have such support and buy-in from the SRD Emergency Communications team,” said Jed Jackson, Troop Contact Facilitator for 1st Willow Point Troop. “The use of amateur radio techniques provides an additional educational dimension for Scouts. Many seize the opportunity to discover the world of wireless radio techniques and electronics.

There will be 14 Scouts from the Campbell River area participating in this exercise. It’s the sheer excitement of having a live chat with a fellow Scout at another location in the world that draws so many young people to this event.

The role of an Emergency Communications Team (ECT) member is to ensure that authorized messages are transmitted to their intended destination in the fastest and most secure manner and that received messages are transmitted to the intended recipient as soon as possible.

ECT serves as a “Plan B” option when primary communications systems are challenged or disabled. SRD’s team of amateur radio operators, who volunteer their time and expertise to assist with emergency planning, response and recovery efforts, are greatly appreciated. Other backup services include commercial radio frequencies, satellite devices and marine radio.


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