Jul 27

24th World Scout Jamboree speaks with astronaut Drew Morgan via ON4ISS

The ARISS contact on Saturday 27 july 2019 at 18:27 UTC (20:27 CEST) 68 deg with OR4ISS and the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, USA via ARISS telebridge ground station ON4ISS (Aartselaar, Belgium) was successful. Astronaut Drew Morgan, KI5AAA (also assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 452 in Friendswood, Texas) answered 12 questions from participating scouts at the World Scouts Jamboree 2019.

Scouts from the 24th World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia

The World Scout Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve (‘the Summit’) is larger than some entire countries and is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and anyone who loves the outdoors. Amateur radio has been a part of the World Scout Jamboree experience since 1947 in France and in 1957in the United Kingdom.

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree operation at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia will use the existing infrastructure including the three VHF/UHF repeaters installed by Icom America, as well as the telephone poles for installing antennas, plus the K2BSA gear stored in West Virginia, including antennas, rotators, cables, and more.

The ARISS contact was realized with the cooperation of Jim Wilson, K5ND as a mentor and the assistance of Druvh Rebba, KC9ZJX and Hariprased Rebba, KD9LLR, John Kludt, K4SQC was moderator in the telebridge link. The club station AMSAT Belgium ON4ISS was operated by Jan Poppeliers, ON7UX with assistance from Stefan Dombrowski ON6TI.

Media source:
All About the 24th World Scout Jamboree
NA1WJ World Jamboree Operations Plan

Scouting Magazine
K2BSA – World Scout Jamboree – Ask an ISS Astronaut a Question