K2BSA Radio Balloon Launch

They have launched and 2nd balloon today July 25th. Watch the video below and you can track this one by following the links for K2BSA-12.  Currently K2BSA-11 is over the Atlantic ocean and we will have to wait until it gets near land to see if it made the ocean crossing.


Balloon Launch — July 25, 2017

Balloon launch followed by successful tracking

Posted by K2BSA on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Also our own AE3JM has some time to do SOTA activation this morning…

Activating Garden Ground Mountain (SOTA WV8/NR-058) on satellite this morning at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Jason AE3JM

FROM July 21st….

The K2BSA staff launched an ARHAB balloon from the Summit on July 21.


You can track the balloon at the following links:


The Passing of Jack Layton W9UK

From: Observer-Reporter  

Deacon Jack Layton, 76, of McMurray, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017.
Deacon Layton was retired from active ministry at St. Benedict the Abbot Parish, Peters Township, where he served since coming to the diocese in 1984. He was ordained for the Diocese of Joliet in 1981 and served at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bolingbrook, Ill. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1997.
He worked as a certified broadcast engineer and consultant to broadcasting services. During his career, he worked at many radio stations in Pittsburgh, including KDKA as engineering manager. He received his Amateur Radio License in 1954 and broadcast under the calling name “W9UK.”
Deacon Layton was an avid reader and passionate about literature. Over the course of his life, he published several books and articles.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine; a daughter, Judith Layton Jones; a son, Christopher Layton and fiancée Julia Marple; a grandson, Aiden Marple; two sisters, Kathleen DeCesari (Charles) and Patricia Clark (Jack); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a sister, Mary Hennessey (Fran survives), and a brother, Paul Layton (Michele survives).
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 2 p.m., the time of Mass, Friday, July 21, in the chapel of St. Benedict the Abbot Church, Peters Township, with Bishop William Winter as celebrant. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Arrangements are entrusted to Beinhauer Funeral Home, McMurray, 724-941-3211.
The family asks, due to allergies, donations be made to at www.diabetes.org.

Live from the Jamboree!

Live from the Jamboree!

Not able to attend the 2017 National Scout Jamboree?

Here’s how to engage with K2BSA and Jamboree participants as well as Jamboree visitors via amateur radio during the Jamboree from July 19 to 27, with setup operation beginning as early as July 16.

We will be posting our operating frequencies in real time on Facebook and Twitter.

On the Air Frequencies:

SSB in MHz: 28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940

PSK-31 in MHz: 28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580

EchoLink: K2BSA-R Demonstration Station (node 4566), WV8BSA-R UHF Repeater (node 6544), NA1WJ-R VHF Repeater (node 873264), Conference *JAMBO* (node 832996). Please plan to connect via *JAMBO* conference for best results.

D-Star: WV8BSA and Reflector 033A — note that during the Jamboree WV8BSA is locked to REF033A, the dedicated Scouting reflector, to avoid problems with linking and unlinking with each operator’s preferences.

CW: There will be limited operation on CW as time permits. See Scouting Frequencies.

QSLs: The current K2BSA Jamboree Logbook can be found at Jamboree Logbook. There is also an online QSL request window on that page, SASE to K5ND will work, plus Logbook of the World will have all QSOs after the Jamboree.

Times of Operation: The Summit Center is only open from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time starting July 19 through the 27. We do hope to operate in the evenings remotely from staff camp, but that’s not assured. Our demonstrations with Scouts will be happening in the daytime and that’s when we need contacts.

From the K2BSA website

Below is an request from our own Jason AE3JM

The K2BSA operation at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, WV is nearly up and operational.  You can find us on Facebook by searching for K2BSA – check us out and see what we’re up to!  New photos and video posted daily.

Scouts arrive onsite tomorrow and we will begin operating in earnest on Thursday.  Hope to see some of you on the air!
Jason AE3JM