to take part in the JOTA?
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.
Scout Associations have appointed a National
JOTA Organizer (NJO) 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.
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.
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.
of the game:
are some basic rules that should be followed:
All radio operators must operate their stations
strictly in accordance with their national licensing
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.
Scout Association is requested to appoint a National
JOTA Organizer (NJO). This NJO can co-ordinate
the JOTA participation of Scouts in his country. He
or she can also serve as the point of contact for
JOTA information. The NJO will be able to bring Scouts
into contact with radio amateurs and vice versa.
National JOTA Organizer:
functions at a national level within his Scout Association
(most NJO's are a member of an Association's international
is preferably someone with his own amateur radio
licence, or at least with a vast knowledge of amateur
is the Scout Association's representative to the
national amateur radio organization;
has the required organizational skills to support
the participating scout stations in his country;
receives the full support, both organizational and
financial, from the Scout Association's headquarters.
Countries with large numbers of Scouts taking part
often have a team to assist the NJO, a radio-scouting
committee. The actual organization details differ
from country to country, depending on local needs
World Scout Bureau's JOTA organizer provides the following
April: the first JOTA information is made
available on this web site, along with an electronic
newsletter sent to the National JOTA Organizer.
Also information on large summer camps equipped
with radio stations is included;
a JOTA circular is sent with the exact dates of
the event, the new JOTA theme and logo, programme
suggestions and latest details and information.
A report form is included for the national JOTA
report from the NJO. Participation cards with the
current logo are included for each participating
station. The circular is sent in printed from to
each Scout Association and in electronic form to
the National JOTA Organizer.
the electronic version of the World JOTA Report
is available on this web site.
It contains statistical information on the JOTA
participation, activity reports from more than 40
countries, a selection of newspaper articles and
new programme ideas. The report is in English with
a French and Spanish summary.
information in the circular and World JOTA Report
can be used to publicize the event through national
and local (Scout) magazines and newsletters.
signs of Scout stations:
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,
JA1YSS Boy Scouts of Japan, National Office,
PA6JAM Scouting Nederland, National station,
5Z4KSA Boy Scouts of Kenya, Paxtu station,
VK1BP Scout Association of Australia, National
station, Canberra, Australia
GB2GP Scout Association, Gilwell Park, London,