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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

Posted on 16 July 2011 by admin

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 admin

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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Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is Fast Approaching

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Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is Fast Approaching

Posted on 21 August 2009 by Dan

2009 Jamboree on the AirJamboree-on-the-Air is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scouting Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Thousands of amateur radio stations
around the world participate.

The 52nd annual Jamboree-on-the-Air will allow more than 500,000 Scouts from around the world to exchange experiences and share ideas by making contact through amateur radio. The event is an official Jamboree, so it contributes to the world brotherhood of Scouting by promoting communications and understanding among Scouts from all over the world. Individual Scout units can operate on the air for any part of the 48-hour weekend event.

JOTA welcomes participation by Scouting and amateur radio enthusiasts of all ages – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts, and, Scouters.

JOTA is traditionally held the third weekend in October, and this year will be no exception. The event will begin on Friday, October 16, at 22:00 hours local time and will end on Sunday, October 18, at 23:59 hours local time.

Patches are available. JOTA cards for recording contacts are also available.

For more information and JOTA Scout frequencies, and how to order patches and JOTA cards, visit the national BSA Web site:
www.scouting.org/international/highlights or download the 2009 JOTA Flyer (pdf).

Check to see if your District or Council will be holding any JOTA activities that weekend.

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Get Ready for the 51st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) This Weekend

Posted on 14 October 2008 by Dan

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a quadrennial World Jamboree. But each year, more than 400,000 Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). This year, JOTA celebrates its 51st anniversary. JOTA follows a 48 hour schedule beginning at 0000 local time on Saturday, October 18, continuing through 2400 local time on Sunday, October 19.

JOTA is an annual event where Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur Radio. Since the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held in 1958, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other via ham radio. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the most participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs.

There are many resources available on the ARRL’s JOTA Web site for Scouts to use as they prepare for JOTA. Scout leaders can also access the ARRL’s Scouting Web pages that list resources to help teach the Radio Merit Badge, conduct a foxhunt, build an antenna or provide other activities to explore the excitement of Amateur Radio.

Last year, the ARRL introduced a JOTA feature that proved to be such a success that the League is bringing it back for this year’s event. The JOTA Storyboard is a place where Scouts from all over the world can post stories and pictures on how they participated in their JOTA activities. Let other Scouts read your stories and catch the excitement of Amateur Radio and Scouting.

Stations that participate in JOTA should call “CQ Jamboree,” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. The World Scout Bureau recommends that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies:

* 80 meters — 3.690 and 3.940 MHz (SSB), 3.570 MHz (CW)
* 40 meters — 7.090 and 7.190 MHz (SSB), 7.030 MHz (CW)
* 20 meters — 14.290 MHz (SSB), 14.060 MHz (CW)
* 17 meters — 18.140 MHz (SSB), 18.080 MHz (CW)
* 15 meters — 21.360 MHz (SSB), 21.140 MHz (CW)
* 12 meters — 24.960 MHz (SSB), 24.910 MHz (CW)
* 10 meters — 28.390 MHz (SSB), 28.180 MHz (CW)
* 6 meters — 50.160 MHz (SSB), 50.160 MHz (CW)

In addition to local Scouts getting on the air for JOTA, national Scouting associations around the world fire up their rigs for the event, too. National organizations that have participated in JOTA in recent years include:

* HB9S — World Scout Bureau, Geneva Switzerland
* K2BSA — Boy Scouts of America National Office, Dallas, Texas
* JA1YSS — Boy Scouts of Nippon National Office, Tokyo, Japan
* PA6JAM — Scouting Nederland National Station, Sassenheim, Netherlands
* 5Z4KSA — The Kenya Scouts Association, Paxtu Station, Nyeri, Kenya
* VK1BP — The Scout Association of Australia National Station, Canberra, Australia
* GB2GP — The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, London, United Kingdom
* XE1ASM — Boy Scouts of Mexico
* DX1BSP — Boy Scouts of the Philippines
* TF3JAM — Scouts of Iceland

JOTA is not a contest; the idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend. Radio operators run their stations in accordance with their national licensing regulations. Check the ARRL Web site for a review of control operator rules.

All groups participating in JOTA are asked to send a report of their activities to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) and to the ARRL JOTA Desk after the event (find the name and e-mail address of your NJO here (pdf)). NJOs then forward their national JOTA reports to the World Scout Bureau for the World JOTA Report, published by the World Scout Bureau.

Although the worldwide JOTA is organized in October, Scouts can meet on the air at other times during the year. Regular Scout nets (a pre-arranged time and frequency when operators meet) are organized nationally or regionally. An updated list of these nets can always be found in the latest World JOTA Report.

AO-51 to be Used for JOTA
AMSAT-NA has announced that they are again supporting JOTA by dedicating AO-51 operation to the event. According to AMSAT Vice President for Operations Drew Glassbrenner, KO4MA, the satellite will be configured as a single channel V/U repeater. He asks that users limit QSOs to those between or involving at least one JOTA station during this weekend. The frequencies used for this weekend will be 145.880 FM uplink, and 435.300 FM downlink, no PL tone required. The mode change should occur at around 0000 UTC on the 18th (Friday evening in the US) and run for approximately 48 hours.

JOTA DX Stations On the Air
Bernie McClenny, W3UR, of The Daily DX, reports that the following DX stations will be on the air for JOTA:

* The Tunisian Scout Amateur Association (CAST) will be on the air with the following stations on October17-19: 3V8SM (Djerba Island AF-083); 3V8CB; 3V8SQ, Monastir, and 3V8ST, Tunis. QSL via the bureau. Do not send dollars or other money.
* David Hutchinson, GI4FUM/EI4DJ, is expected to begin in Swaziland as 3DA0DJ on October 17, with activity until the October 27. He will use 3DA0SS (Swazi Scouts) during JOTA. He will be operating from a station in Hawane.
* The Yongsan US Military Garrison, HL9BSA, in South Korea, will be on from Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea during JOTA. McClenny said they will be on 10-40 meters on CW, SSB and limited satellite operations (and possibly RTTY). Both American and Korean hams plan to operate. Send QSLs via Harry Rudolph, WX8C, or direct.
* In Egypt, hams will be using special call SU8JOTA at the Cairo International Scout Centre. Activity will be on the HF bands on CW and SSB, including 160 meters and their VHF network to EchoLink. Send QSLs via Said Kamel, SU1SK.

US Boy and Girl Scouts who participate in JOTA may purchase a JOTA patch to wear on their uniforms. These patches are available from the respective Scouting organizations, not the ARRL. Information on purchasing the patches can, however, be found on the ARRL’s JOTA Web page.

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