2020 Winter Meetings Relocated

Our monthly club meetings on January 28, February 25, and March 24 will be held at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center (LCPSTC) located at 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA 17545. The start time remains 7:00 pm. We relocate the meetings in the winter months because the grass/gravel parking at our club site is not suitable if there is snow.

Don’t Miss Jamboree on the Air

Scouting Jamboree on the Air
October 18, 19, 20 – All Day
Get on the air and talk to some Scouts!
It’s international!
CQ JOTA – Jamboree on the Air!

Here’s detailed information on frequencies suggested as Scout amateur radio frequencies. These were initially suggested by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and their Jamboree on the Air organizer. As with all amateur radio frequencies they are a shared resource. If someone else is already on that frequency, move up or down to find a clear frequency for calling.

  • All frequencies are shown as megahertz.
  • Primary HF recommendations are for General Class licensees. Technicians may take advantage of 10 meters and VHF/UHF for voice communications.
  • After contact is made on a Calling Channel or frequency, move to another channel or frequency for your QSO. You can also start calling CQ at other frequencies near the calling channel.
  • Experiment with modes prior to JOTA or any Radio Scouting demo. ‘Murphy’s Law’ prevails!
  • Use web search tools to find lots of helpful information about any of the modes commonly used for JOTA and Radio Scouting.
  • WOSM (World Organization of the Scouting Movement) calling frequencies are shown to indicate center of international activity.
  • There are several state QSO parties (contests) held that same weekend. Feel free to move your transmission to find a clear spot. Also the 30 m, 17 m, and 12 m bands are contest-free. See also below the information on the Worked All Germany Contest (WAG), which has designated contest-free frequencies to accommodate Jamboree on the Air.

FT8, MSK144, etc. using WSJT-X software can also be used. While demonstrations are somewhat dry, this mode does allow you to work stations and countries that you couldn’t otherwise hear. Use the standard frequencies as set in the WSJT-X software.

HF SSB Voice

Band WOSM Calling Frequencies Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.940 & 3.690(1) 3.920 – 3.940
3.670 – 3.690 (1)
(1) Extra segment
40 m 7.190 & 7.090 (2) 7.180 – 7.200
7.270 – 7.290
(2) 7.090 not available in Region 2
20 m 14.290 14.270 – 14.290
14.320 – 14.340
17 m 18.140 18.140 – 18.150
15 m 21.360 21.360 – 21.400
12 m 24.960 24.960 – 24.980
10 m 28.390 (3) 28.350 – 28.400 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 50.160 – 50.200


Band WOSM Calling Frequencies Suggested Band Segment for US Stations Notes
80 m 3.570 (3) 3.560 – 3.570 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
40 m 7.030 (3) 7.030 – 7.040 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
20 m 14.060 14.050 – 14.060
17 m 18.080 18.070 – 18.080
15 m 21.140 (3) 21.130 – 21.140 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
12 m 24.910 24.900 – 24.910
10 m 28.180 (3) 28.170 – 28.180 (3) (3) Includes Novices & Techs
6 m 50.160 50.150 – 50.160



Call CQ JOTA. The chart below shows the commonly used frequencies for PSK-31.

Band Frequency Notes
80 m 3.580
40 m 7.080 (4) (4) Region 2 (USA).
7.040 to 7.060 for Regions 1 & 3
30 m 10.142
20 m 14.070 (5) (5) Most activity for JOTA will be on 20 m
17 m 18.100
15 m 21.080 (6) (6) Most activity can be found at 21.070
12 m 24.920
10 m 28.120

2 Meter FM Simplex

147.450, 147.480, 147.510, 147.540* * Use 147.540 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link. Avoid 146.520, the National FM Simplex Calling Frequency, as well as 146.550, which is commonly used by mobiles and RVers.

70 CM FM Simplex

446.000*, 445.950, 446.050, 446.100, 446.150 * Use 446.000 as Calling Channel. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO or auxiliary or control link.



REF033A has been allocated as a full-time JOTA/Radio Scouting D-STAR Reflector. After contact is established, stations should disconnect from REF033A and connect to one or other repeater or migrate to an unused Reflector.

SIMPLEX Channels: 145.670*, 145.640, 145.610, 438.010. * 145.670 and 438.010 are commonly used as the National D-STAR Simplex Channels and should be used only as Calling Channels for JOTA. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO.



All wide area talkgroups are permitted for use for JOTA for establishing contacts. After contact is established, stations should utilize as few resources as possible. For international, national, and regional QSO’s, stations should move their transmissions to one of the DMR-MARC UA talkgroups or to the DCI TAC-310 talkgroup.

For intrastate contacts, stations may use their area’s statewide talkgroup (if applicable). The use of your repeater’s local talkgroup (if applicable) is always permitted. A full list of repeaters and their available talkgroups can be found at http://www.dmr-marc.net/repeaters.html .

SIMPLEX Channels: 441.0000*, 446.5000, 446.0750, 433.4500, 145.7900*, 145.5100. All simplex frequencies operate on time-slot 1 and use color code 1. (*are commonly used as the National DMR Simplex Channels and should be used only as Calling Channels for JOTA. Always listen first to avoid interfering with another QSO.)


The 907 Talk Group has been established so youth can talk worldwide with each other under the correct supervision as outlined in each country’s amateur radio rules for Digital Networks and letting non Amateurs use your equipment on air. (Each Country does differ so do read your rules). The Talk Group is for Scouting, Girl Guides, Youth Groups, Schools and related youth activities.

BrandMeister DMR has set up a World Wide Talk group called 907 JOTA. TG 907 & Reflector 4907 (Open 365 days a year) 907 is only one talk group. Under your Amateur License you can use all Talk groups on BrandMeister. You might wish to talk to regions/countries away from 907.

What you will need to access TG 907 on Brandmeister-DMR: You will need a DMR radio. 907 added to you radio as a channel 907 or assess via reflector 4907. You will also need a Repeater or DV device linked to the Brandmeister network

Ham radio rules apply for making iniDal contact. It’s a good idea to establish contact and move your QSO off to another Talk Group. If TG 907 isn’t busy, it’s OK to stay there.

The two links below cover all Talk Groups & Reflectors world wide.

Talk Groups https://brandmeister.network/?page=talkgroups

Reflectors http://registry.dstar.su/dmr/reflector.db

Facebook Group — BrandMeister 907 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1644270179235342/

* Please note that currently three unique DMR systems exist world-wide: DMR+, DMR-MARC and Brandmeister.


The Allstar node number is 29015 and it is designated the BSA JOTA HUB.

Users from around the world are welcome to use this hub for communications between sites and to find scouts at other sites. For more information about AllStar see https://allstarlink.org




Use Topic Channel Node 9091 as a Common Meeting Place or Calling Channel. After contact, disconnect from 9091 and one station should connect to another’s local node.



Software or apps available for Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android. Dedicated Conference Nodes are *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). When contact is made on a Conference Node, it is recommended the two parties establish direct contact with each other to free up the Conference Node.







CQSRVR: CQ SCOUTS (other times of the year)

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest Free Frequencies

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) stations looking for stations in Europe should consider that JOTA coincides with the Worked All Germany (WAG) contest. To minimize congestion, contest-free segments are defined in the contest rules so that these events coincide with minimal problems.

The contest-free zones as defined in the rules that can be found at https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/
When looking for JOTA stations in Europe, please look in the following segments:

  • 80m: CW – 3560 – 3800 kHz, SSB – 3650 – 3700 kHz
  • 40m: CW – 7040 – 7200 kHz, SSB – 7080 – 7140 kHz
  • 20m: CW – 14060 – 14350 kHz, SSB – 14100 – 14125 kHz and 14280 – 14350 kHz
  • 15m: SSB – 21350 – 21450 kHz
  • 10m: SSB – 28225 – 28400 kHz



Scout Camp on the Air 7/14-20

A SPARC club member, Mike Newman, will be traveling with BSA Troop 44 to Rodney Scout Reservation this week. Troop 44, from Lititz, will be on the air throughout the week on HF SSB, VHF, and UHF . This will be the first-ever activation of Rodney Scout Reservation through the Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) program. They’ve registered the special event call sign K3R and hope you’ll be interested in getting them in your log book. Provided that everything works out, Scouts will be operating third-party for QSO. If propagation is favorable, we might even try to check to the weekly K3IR net.

Note, SCOTA is not a contest, The purpose of SCOTA is to increase exposure of amateur radio to the Scouting organization in hopes of fostering interest in the hobby of ham radio, teaching technical skills with regard to radio operating and creating goodwill among fellow Scouts and amateur radio Operators alike. Check it out at https://scota.us


Day Times (EDT) Notes / Bands
Sun 7/14 Evening Setup & Testing on All Bands
including VHF/UHF repeaters
Mon 7/15  10:00 – 11:45 Official Sign-on
Tue 7/16
Fri 7/19
 09:00 – 11:45
14:00 – 16:45
20:00 – 23:00
This is likely when we’ll be on the air. Email or text if you want to set a date/time for QSO.
Thu 7/18   Seeking contact w/ NA1WJ at the World Scout Jamboree
Fri 7/19   Seeking contact w/ NA1WJ at the World Scout Jamboree
Sat 7/20 06:15 – 06:30 Final Signoff


Band Scouting
Suggested Band
Segment for US Stations
80 m 3.940 3.920 – 3.940
40 m 7.190 7.180 – 7.200
7.270 – 7.290
20 m 14.290 ** 14.270 – 14.290
14.320 – 14.340
17 m 18.140 18.140 – 18.150
15 m 21.360 21.360 – 21.400
12 m 24.960 24.960 – 24.980
10 m 28.390 28.350 – 28.400
6 m 50.160 50.160 – 50.200
2 m 147.540 147.450, 147.480, 147.510
70 cm 446.000 445.950, 446.050, 446.100, 446.150

** Since 20 m is somewhat open day/evening, this will be our “HF standby frequency” if someone isn’t actively working the rig.

Mike Newman | K3MJN
BSA Troop 44 – Lititz, PA
(717) 475-7555 (mobile)

Rookie Roundup

The ARRL Rookie Roundup is this coming Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern Time. (1800 to 2359 UTC).  The SPARC club station will be open for all those who want to get on the air.  A number of experienced operators will be there to guide you.

The Rookie Roundup is intended for those Hams first licensed in 2017, 2018 or 2019 but any ham who has not experienced the fun and challenge of HF is invited to come out.
– Harry, N3FMO