Scouts from Roughton, Cromer and Gorleston set up an amateur radio station at the weekend, as part of the international Jamboree on the Air event.

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The 32 young people teamed up with members of radio group Bittern DX at a Scout camp hosted by the 1st Rural Roughton Mill Scouts, contacting more than 100 other stations, including Jamboree on the Air groups from as far afield as the Azores and Sudan.

Scouts taking part in the two-day event also had a chance to try their hands at archery, crafts and abseiling down the side of the mill tower.

Four Scouts gained their communicator badge, which involved logging details of 25 contacts; learning the phonetic alphabet; demonstrating an understanding of how radio waves travel around the world; giving an example of a typical greetings message and answering some questions on the licence conditions that govern the use of amateur radio equipment.

Bittern DX Group chairman Steven Balding praised the boys for their enthusiasm and offered them free membership of the group. “They worked extremely hard to achieve the badge and should be proud of their accomplishment,” he said.

The Bittern DX Group meet on the last Thursday of each month at the Roman Camp Inn, Aylmerton put on special event stations throughout the year, also competing in national and international contests.

For more information, visit www.bittern-dxers.org.uk

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