Tooele County Boy Scouts from Troops 314 and 1854 participated in the Jamboree on the Air in Tooele for the first time in recent memory.
Jamboree on the Air is the Boy Scouts’ largest world-wide event held each year on the third weekend in October. Half a million scouts all over the world get together with licensed amateur radio operators and make shortwave radio contact with as many other scouts as possible.
“It was really neat to talk on the radio to other scouts!” said Aime Nickell, the first scout to take the microphone and talk to scouts in Saskatchewan, Canada.
For the first time Tooele County Boy Scouts were able to participate in the event. The West Desert Amateur Radio Club set up its emergency communications trailer at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints East Stake Center parking lot at 752 N. 520 East in Tooele.
Licensed amateur radio operators were on hand to assist the scouts talk over the radio with other scouts worldwide.
“Despite the cold wind, I enjoyed showing the scouts our radios and what we could do with them,” said Roger Redmond whose amateur radio call sign is KE7AFB.
Saturday was the 62nd annual Jamboree on the Air sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Officials from the West Desert Amateur Radio Club were pleased to make the activity possible for local Boy Scouts for the first time and look forward to a repeat performance next year.
“We’ll do this again,” said Robert Andrews, president of the West Desert Amateur Radio Club. “Community service is our passion and we love the scouts.”
Tooele County Emergency Management sponsors the West Desert Amateur Radio Club. The club’s mission is to support Tooele City and Tooele County government entities and residents during any emergency situation and to promote the use and utility of the Amateur Radio Service.