Although not a HAM Operator myself, I’ve got some good friends who have been involved in the sport for years, and I know they share many of the same goals of Scouting. Plus, JOTA/JOTI is an annual event for a number of my Scouts, and it would be GREAT to have something set up on a more permanent basis at our only council camp within our boundaries – OhDaKoTa! Maybe some of you guys can run with this?

Again, thanks to Bryan on Scouting for the article…

Amateur radio: Fun but not free.

That makes the recent sponsorship agreement between the Boy Scouts of America and Icom America, a world leader in the amateur radio market, such big news.

The deal makes Icom the exclusive amateur radio transceiver and repeater supplier for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

And even if you aren’t going to the jamboree, you can still benefit from this sponsorship.

That’s because Icom also agreed to loan out up to 10 stations for use by local councils beginning in 2012 and extending through 2015.

Local Scout councils can fill out this application (PDF) to receive one of two kinds of station loans:

  • Development Loan Stations. This type of loan facilitates the development of a Radio Scouting program at the local Scout council and provides an opportunity to raise funds to acquire and support a long-term station installation. The duration of the loan is expected to be up to but not longer than 12 months.
  • Event Loan Stations. This type of loan is meant to support special events at the local Scout council. This includes but is not limited to Radio merit badge workshops, ARRL Field Day and Kids Day, as well as Jamboree-on-the-Air.

Our thanks to Icom America, manufacturer of communications products for both land and sea.