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Guides On The Air
Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association


February 15th and 16th, 2003

Girl Guides on the Air is a special project of CLARA (The Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association) as well as for 'hams' who are interested or involved with the Guide and Scout movement. The idea behind it is to show the guides and their leaders the purpose of amateur radio and the usefulness it can play in many countries around the world. More information and FAQ's can be had by going to: http://www.guidezone.skl.com/i_ha_index.htm

The CLARA contact is Helen VE2YAK archibal@pubnix.net

How GOTA started:

GOTA began in 1985 to celebrate 75 years of Guiding in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. GOTA has grown each year with more countries taking part, and most Canadian Call Areas now have an operator sponsoring the GGC suffix e.g. VE4GGC, VE7GGC. There are many Amateur Radio operators, winter camps, clubs, schools, fire halls, Red Cross, churches and Military basis involved with GOTA.

GOTA is held the closest weekend to February 22nd, which is Thinking Day and falls during the week when Girl Guides of Canada celebrates the birthdays of their founders. It is a special thrill for them to communicate with guiding members around the world.


After operating, all guides are given a QSL card. This is a card that acknowledges that they have made a two-way contact with another person. After the event they are also eligable for a participation patch.

Inviting girl guides to your shack:

Some suggestions to help you organize a visit:

- Know before hand how many girls and leaders you can handle at one time.

- Have a map of Canada and world map to show the girls where the other station is located.

- Show the girls 'around' your shack.

- Briefly explain how amateur radio works and what they can expect.

- Explain the microphone and that the receiver shuts off when the PTT is pushed.

- Mention some of things you can do with amateur radio.

- Have a sheet with the Phonetic Alphabet handly and have the guests practice spelling their names in phonetics.

- Show them your QSL card and others you have received. Explain the function of the card.

- Make sure the guests are well supervised at all times. Stress to the chaperones that the equipment is expensive and that meddling can be dangerous.

- Have chaperones make sure no one wanders away from the shack.

- If you know of other GOTA stations who will be participating, try to set up schedules on appropriate bands and frequencies, but don't make any promises you can't keep.

- One hour to 1-1/2 hours is a recommended time frame for a session.

Suggested frequecies for GOTA

80 m - 3,733 or 3.93
40 m - 7.088 or 7.188
20 m - 14.133 or 14.188 or 14.28
15 m - 21.98
10 m - 28.98
2 m is ok to use.