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Jamboree on the Air – Largest Scouting Event in the World

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Jamboree on the Air – Largest Scouting Event in the World

Posted on 03 October 2011 by Guest Poster

Jamboree on the Air will be held world wide on the weekend of October 15 & 16.  JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world with the World Organization of the Scouting Movement reporting over 700,000 Scouts participated from nearly 6,000 stations around the world in 2010. You can find a great deal of information about JOTA at http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx  

While it may be a little late to organize your own station operation for JOTA, you can still visit one near you.  The list of registered stations is at http://www.scouting.org/jota/registered_stations.aspx  Included in this list is Astronaut and Scoutmaster Mike Fossum who will be operating from the International Space Station via NA1SS. 

You might be wondering, what’s the big deal about amateur radio? After all, it’s been around for over 100 years. Isn’t it kind of old fashioned? The answer to the first question is that interest in amateur radio by our Scouts has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. You can see that by the jump in the number of Radio Merit Badges earned annually. Through the 1980’s that number had leveled off at less than 1,000 per year. Then it started a steady growth through the 1990s and the 2000s to the point of 7,000 earned in both 2009 and 2010. You can see a graph of the badges earned each year since 1949 at http://www.k2bsa.net/radio-merit-badge/  So it is popular with our Scouts.

As to old fashioned, ham radio has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. From the original experiments with “wireless” communication to current day communication by satellite using a handheld radio and antenna as shown in the photo below.

Yet another exciting activity is called Fox Hunting, which uses amateur radio direction finding to complete an orienteering course by finding hidden transmitters using a handheld radio and directional antenna. It’s a blast for the Scouts and gets them into the outdoors with technology in their hands and a challenge on their minds.

I encourage you to stop by one of the JOTA stations in your area and check out the fun that the Scouts are having and the fabulous exposure to technology as well as communicating with other Scouts around the world.

That’s October 15 and 16. Check it out!

Jim Wilson, K5ND
National JOTA Organizer

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Start Planning for the 54th Jamboree on the Air

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Start Planning for the 54th Jamboree on the Air

Posted on 16 July 2011 by Editor

JOTAWhile the world Scout jamboree is underway in Sweden this month, the world’s largest Scouting event will happen the weekend of October 15–16 at an amateur radio station near you. The 54th Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is expected to top last year’s attendance, which had just over 700,000 Scout participants from nearly 6,000 stations around the world.

Now is the time to include JOTA in your fall planning to ensure your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are able to participate. Complete details are available online at www.scouting.org/jota.

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AO-51 Configuration to Support Scouting’s JOTA

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AO-51 Configuration to Support Scouting’s JOTA

Posted on 14 October 2009 by Editor

ao-51The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation – North America (AMSAT-NA) is supporting the 52nd Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Scouting event by dedicating AO-51 operation to the event. You can learn more about the AO-51 satellite on the AO-51 Info page.

For October 17th and 18th, the AO-51 QRP repeater will be allocated for JOTA use. All users are requested to give way to JOTA stations or QSO’s with JOTA stations. The frequencies used for this weekend will be 145.880 FM uplink, and 435.150 FM downlink, no PL tone required. The mode change should occur at ~00:00 UTC on the 17th (Friday evening in the US) and run for approximately 48 hours.

AMSAT wishes the Scouts good luck operating via the AO-51 satellite for the event. Reports of your JOTA operations should be sent to the AMSAT-BB or directly to ko4ma@amsat.org. Photo files up to 5 Mb total are also welcome for possible inclusion in an upcoming AMSAT Journal article.

Thanks to 73, Drew – KO4MA, AMSAT-NA VP Operations, and Ed – N8BBQ, AO-51 Operations Committee, for providing the information about AMSAT-NA’s support for JOTA.

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