| Danial Norjidi |
THE Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD) through its Amateur Radio Club once again joined millions of scouts around the world by participating in the largest scout jamborees, the 57th Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) and 18th Jamboree On the Internet (JOTI) recently.
As a PPNBD statement read, around 150 cub, junior, venture, rover, air and sea scouts took part in activities from October 18-19.
The JOTA and JOTI activities are carried out every third week of October annually, and what makes the jamboree unique is that each scout that participates gets to communicate with scouts from around the world by using amateur radio at high and very high frequencies while also getting involved through the Internet via online chat and video conferencing using Skype.
This year, the Brunei Darussalam Scout Association opened two amateur radio stations, one at the National Scout Training and Activity Centre at Jalan Gadong using callsign V84CBS and a station in Temburong at the Temburong District Scouts Association Headquarters located in Kampong Lekiun at Jalan Labu using the callsign V84CDS.
For the PPNBD’s part, their Vice President, Chief Commissioner, Commissioners, officers and scout leaders were involved, in addition to their cub, junior, venture and rover scouts.
The guest of honour Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar took the opportunity to “QSO”, ie communicate via amateur radio with Haji Matussin bin Orang Kaya Sura Haji Tuba, the Vice President of the PPNBD as the Chairman of the Temburong District Scout Association at their headquarters in Kampong Lekiun.
The guest of honour also toured an exhibition on badges in relation to the jamborees.
Bruneian scouts successfully communicated with more than 40 countries through amateur radio and almost 70 countries via the Internet.
In their statement, the PPNBD said, “Through activities such as this scouts can be more confident to communicate with fellow scouts who are thousands of kilometres away from Brunei, and can also understand the importance of communication equipment and how it can influence the future in an ever-advancing technological world.”