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Amateur radio fans: Have a Field Day!

If you’re a ham radio buff, the six-month wait until the next Jamboree on the Air feels like a lifetime.

Fortunately, there’s hope. Wait just two months and attend the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day on June 23 and 24.

Both events have ties to the ARRL, but unlike JOTA, the Field Day doesn’t have any direct Scouting ties.

Still, it’s a great opportunity to meet local amateur radio operators and ask them to get involved in the Jamboree on the Air in October. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce your Scouts or Venturers to the fun and technology of amateur radio.

Here’s the scoop:

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Mark your calendar: 2012 Jamboree on the Air/Internet dates released

Scouters, do you copy?

I have an important message: This year’s Jamboree on the Air will be held Oct. 20 and 21, 2012.

What is Jamboree on the Air? Like the national jamboree, it’s a chance for Scouts to connect with fellow Scouts from other places.

But unlike its older cousin, Jamboree on the Air requires no travel — other than to find a ham radio shack nearby. Scouts use long-range, two-way ham radios to have conversations with other Scouts in another city, state, or country.

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