NCRC just completed its fourth JOTA at Glen Park, and it was a complete success. In the end, scouts from five troops participated. Sixteen scouts completed their Radio Merit Badge, and 3 more have a few things to finish up. Although dipping down to just above freezing Saturday morning, the weather was fantastic; blue skies the entire weekend.
When the radio gear was setup, the RF conditions were horrible, the earth having jusy been pummeled by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) the day before. But by Saturday when the real RF fun began, things has quietened down, with lots of European DX to be had, as well as many stateside contacts. The scouts had plenty to choose from with two HF and two VHF stations in use.
A real surprise for the event was how busy DSTAR was with scouts from all over the world linked into Reflector 33A. Thanks to Ted W1GRI for setting up a DSTAR radio for JOTA!