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The 53rd JOTA 2010



The 53rd Jamboree On The Air will take place on 16 and 17 October 2010.

What is Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA)?

The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the--Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home.....

Since 1958 when the first jamboree-on-the-Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have "met" each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.

With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.

Date and duration of the event

The world--wide Jamboree-On-The-Air is organized to coincide with the third full weekend of October each year. The event starts at 00.00 hours local time on the Saturday and concludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours local time on the Sunday. Each station can choose its own operating hours within this period.

How to take part?

Contact a local amateur radio operator;
Invite him to set up his radio station in your Scout Hall;
Call "CQ Jamboree" on the Scout Frequencies;
Answer any Scout station that replies to your call.

Yes, it's that simple....

First contact a local amateur radio operator, or amateur radio club and ask for help. Radio amateurs are enthusiastic about their hobby and most of them will be willing to help you participate in the JOTA.

Most Scout Associations have appointed a National JOTA Coordinator (NJaC) who can bring you into contact with a radio amateur. Otherwise the national amateur radio organization in your country will be able to give you the name and address of a radio amateur in your area. See also the address list of Amateur Radio Organisations on this web site.

The radio operator may suggest that the Scouts visit his station during the JOTA, or that he brings his equipment to your local headquarters, or campsite. Often JOTA radio stations have been set up in unusual locations such as at the top of a mountain or on a boat.

Have a look at the resource material that is available in the on line library. It is there to help you organise an exciting weekend for your Scouts.

 Rules of the game

There are some basic rules that should be followed:

  • All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in accordance with their national licensing regulations;

  • Stations should call "CQ Jamboree" or answer scout stations calling to establish a contact;

  • Any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies

  • The JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend. · All participating groups are asked to send a report of their activities to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) after the event.

  • NJO's are requested to send a National JOTA Report to the World Scout Bureau, for inclusion in the World JOTA Report.

 Call signs of Scout stations

Each licensed amateur radio station has a registration number, a call sign. The first one or two letters are specific to a country. Here are a few call signs of well-known Scout station that can often be contacted:

HB9S World Scout Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland
K2BSA Boy Scouts of America, National Office, Dallas, USA
JA1YSS Boy Scouts of Japan, National Office, Tokyo, Japan
PA6JAM Scouting Nederland, National station, Leusden, Netherlands
5Z4KSA Boy Scouts of Kenya, Paxtu station, Nyeri, Kenya
VK1BP Scout Association of Australia, National station, Canberra, Australia
GB2GP Scout Association, Gilwell Park, London, United Kingdom

Make a sked !

Do you want to be sure you will meet with your friends during the JOTA?

Make a pre-arranged sked on the radio. Here's how.

You can sign up for the JOTA sked book. It is a list of Scout radio stations that are looking to arrange a contact for their JOTA weekend at a particular moment.

Indicate the day, time (in GMT) and your radio call sign.

Just click and your browser will take you to the JOTA skedbook. here



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