Ham Radio at This Year’s National Jamboree

The ARRL recently posted the article, “K2BSA: Amateur Radio Fun in the Warm Virginia Sun,” which discusses amateur radio activities at this year’s National Scout Jamboree. It reports:

…nearly 6000 youth scouts — 13 percent of the total Jamboree attendance — received thorough exposure to ham radio, touring the K2BSA station and getting on the airwaves. Six lucky scouts conducted a memorable contact with astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, aboard the International Space Station (ISS) before a crowd of Jamboree participants.

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director and K2BSA Station Coordinator/Manager Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT said, “We held Technician license classes and two VE exam sessions daily, resulting in 147 new Technicians, 33 Generals and 8 Amateur Extras. 210 scouts earned their Radio merit badges, too.”

They used my study guide, so I’m going to claim some of the credit for the 147 new Technicians.


  1. I’ll give you credit for the new guys. Way to go! I heard K2BSA on two-meter sideband but couldn’t raise them with my 25 watts. Speaking of hearing…I heard you QSO a VE3 the other day on the way home from work. I’d have given you a call except I don’t keep a key hooked up in the car to reduce the temptation to operate while driving! FB to hear a ham blogger on the air.

    • Dan KB6NU says:

      Thanks, Ethan. Too bad you didn’t have that key hooked up. I love contacting my readers.

      btw, I’ve just added your blog to my Links section. I’d love it if you’d add me to yours. Thanks!

  2. Ronny, KC5EES says:

    I made contact with the Jamboree several years ago. The QSL card I received is one of my favorites. As my son and I get more involved in Scouts (in our 2nd year of Cub Scouts), I feel that Scouting is an amazing opportunity for young boys/men.

    Again, I can’t say enough about your contribution to amateur radio by preparing/updating the Study Guides. Thanks again.



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