Members of the Cestrian Scout Group recently organised a radio station callsign GB2COS for a ‘Jamboree on the Air’ from the Scout HQ in Thackeray Drive, Vicars Cross.

More than 200 people attended the weekend event and contacted Scout troops throughout the world on shortwave radio and the internet.

They also took part in many activities including astronomy, computing, electronics, crafts, macrame and knotting, Morse code and the internet and also had a 3D printer in action.

On shortwave contact was made with Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Brazil, Tunisia, The Azores, Iceland, Asiatic Russia and many more countries throughout Europe. Many more Scout troops and Guide companies were contacted using the amateur radio Echolink system.

Darnhall Cubs, and Tarvin Beavers try out the electronics base
 

On Saturday night they even watched the International Space Station pass over the Scout HQ.

Groups that attended were 1st Darnhall Cubs, Winsford; 8th Ellesmere Port Cubs; 1st Willaston Scouts; 1st Willaston Cubs; 1st Huntington Guides; 1st Tarvin Beavers; Vicars Cross Brownies; Calday Valley Guides and Cestrian Cubs.

The Sheriff of Chester, Mr Herbert Manley, and his wife attended and he passed greetings messages over the air to other Scout groups. He also had a surprise call from Yukito, a Girl Scout from Kumamoto in Japan.

8th Ellesmere Port Cubs