Mel N7GCO <leadcoach@...>
Tonight at the club there was discussion on the Boy Scouts Jamboree on
What is Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)?
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they
usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize
that each year more than 400,000 Scouts and Guides "get together" over
the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). Modern
technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in
other countries without leaving home.
JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from
all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham)
Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via
radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held,
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, and at
little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham
radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio
operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own
stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations
operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some
operators use television or computer-linked communications.
JOTA is held the third weekend in October of each year. JOTA takes
place starting Saturday at 0000 hours local time (12:00 AM) to Sunday,
23.59 hours local time (12:00 PM), though some activity continues over
from Friday to Monday to take advantage of long distance (DX) time