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Brownsea connects with the world!

1st Aug 2007

The Amateur Radio base at Brownsea Island linked up with Scout activities around the world on 1 August via the Sunrise Radio Network. Messages of peace and friendship from Scouts at Brownsea were transmitted over the airwaves and many were received as well from Scouts worldwide.

The tallest point on the Island, the antenna mast of Amateur Radio base GB100S, facilitated direct contacts around the world. When the Sunrise of Scouting's new century commenced in Kiribati, messages started to come in to Brownsea via the radio.

In Perth, Australia, the Brownsea replica camp set up on an island in the Swan river, was the first to send "Happy Birthday" greetings to Brownsea Island. The replica camp leader Steve said it was a great experience for Scouts camping in Bell tents. Western-Australia commissioner Liz remarked that feeling the atmosphere of friendship amongst the Scouts was the best experience for them all.

GB100S subsequentely transmitted friendship messages from Scouts at Brownsea and recordings from the Sunrise event on the Island to others around the world. Tokyo - Japan, Hong Kong, Tapei Taiwan, Dronten - Netherlands, Kandersteg - Switzerland, The World Scout Bureau in Geneva, Buenos Aires - Argentina, Picarquin - Chile, Guatemala and Calgary - Canada were amongst the many contacts made. The Sunrise in Calgary assembled many Scouts at the Olympic Plaza and played the friendship messages from Brownsea at the main stage.

World Scout Committee Vice-Chairman Therese Birgmingham, Secretary General Eduardo Missoni and the United Kingdom Chief Scout Peter Duncan recorded their personal messages to the world and the amateur radio base transmitted them to the world. As the radio station was battery powered, Eduardo sat a while on the generator bike, to crank enough energy for his message to be transmitted!

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