Photos: Jamboree on the Air

Members of the Asheville-based Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society (WCARS) brought their radios and antennas to this weekend’s 2012 Scout Show to participate in a global scouting event called Jamboree on the Air. JOTA introduces Boy Scouts to the amateur radio service by providing scouts with the opportunity to talk around the world under guidance from licensed operators. The JOTA station was part of the larger Scout Show, an event organized by the Boy Scouts’ Daniel Boone Council and held at the WNC Agricultural Center. 

As of mid-day Saturday, the WCARS operators had helped a half-dozen scouts work toward their Radio Merit Badge by making contacts all over the world. WCARS was featured earlier this year in an Xpress photo essay about the amateur radio service, often called “ham radio.” For more information about JOTA, visit or the website of the Daniel Boone Council.

Jackson Morgan, age 16, of Troop 610 talks with an amateur radio operator in Germany from the WNC Agriculture Center.

Paul Tilley and Randy Harris demonstrate radio practices to a group of scouts.


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