Boy Scouts communicating through two-way radio


By J. Martin

JEROME, Idaho (KMVT_TV) Today marked the 54th annual Jamboree On-The-Air extravaganza.

The J.O.T.A. is an annual event that invites all scouts.

Scouts can talk and interact with their scouting peers around the world by using a two-way radio.

The Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club put on the event.

And the club was happy to see a younger generation taking an interest in technology of the past.

Kelly Klaas, Magic Valley Amateur Radio Club says, "scouts all over the world get together and they go to a place where a ham radio is set up and they have scouts in one area able to talk to scouts in another area around the world and around the country. And its just a way to introduce the to amateur radio and how it works and show them how it can be a lifetime hobby."

More than 500,000 scouts, in over 100 countries participated in today's event.

One special scout group out of Fort Worth, Texas got the chance to speak to U.S. astronauts on the International Space Station.

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