Scouts on the air at annual event

Scouts on the air at annual event

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On Saturday, Scout Groups in Shannon participated in JOTA, or (Jamboree On The Air 2016).

This annual worldwide event brings Scouts from all backgrounds together on the radio waves sharing and talking about what Scouting means in their lives.

The event was made possible by the members of the Limerick Radio Club who supplied their technical qualifications and experience as well as their state of the art radio equipment.

Scouts were able to talk on UHF and VHF radios, longer range HF radio by voice on the 40 meter HF band as well morse code.

Scouting Ireland 1st Clare Shannon Venturers, Scouts and Cubs joined with the Shannon based Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego Polish Scouts in what was an excellent event (helped by excellent weather). The stations call sign for the day was EI4LRC and the group broadcast from the top of Tullyvarraga Hill for over three hours.

Radio conditions did not favour very long range broadcasts but we successfully spoke with Scouts in Northern Ireland, Meath and Nottinghamshire.

In addition local radio operators from Limerick, Tipperary and Clare participated by engaging with the Scouts on the air almost all day giving them a real life experience of radio operation and we are particularly grateful to them for their patience and willingness to get stuck in with some interesting and funny dialogue.

For more information on; Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego Polish Scout group go to zhp.ie; Scouting Ireland Shannon Scouts www.shannonscouts.ie; Limerick Radio Clubwww.limerickradioclub.ie

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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