JOTA

Jamboree on the Air

Jamboree on the Air

Category: JOTA
Published: Saturday, 17 September 2016
Written by Gary Smith

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) sponsored by the Davis County Amateur Radio Club 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. JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Jamboree on the Air 2016 for Davis County will be held at Nicholls Park 1105 East Nicholls Road Fruit Heights, Utah on October 15, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We welcome scouts and troops and hope you will attend our event. Thank you. Gary Smith 26 Grover St. Layton, Utah Phone 801-698-5143 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DAVIS COUNTY JAMBOREE ON THE AIR

Category: JOTA
Published: Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Written by Gary Smith
DCARC will be setting up stations where scouts can come to talk to other scouts. Be aware we are no longer providing a camp out or doing the radio merit badge course.  WHEN JOTA always falls on the third full weekend in October.  JOTA will begin on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 09:00 hour's local time, and end on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 17:00 hour's local time. Our operators are planning to be available on Saturday only.  WHERE: NICHOLS PARK 1105 E. NICHOLS ROAD FRUIT HEIGHTS, UTAH 84037 If you are a HAM Radio Operator and would like to help out, please contact Gary Smith at 801-698-5143 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  When contacting Gary please provide the following information: Time you can help out : Station Capabilities (What you can provide for a station, antennas, etc)  and Contact information including phone number and email address..   WHAT IS JAMBOREE-ON-THE-AIR The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world participate.  If the conditions are right, it is common to contact a hundred Scouting countries during the weekend.   In the United States, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols visit a local amateur's ham shack during JOTA.  Many districts and councils hold events that coincide with JOTA, where amateurs set up stations giving Scouts and leaders a chance to exchange greetings with Scouts from other areas. The exchanges typically include information such as Name, Location (QTH), Scout Rank, Hobbies and Age. Some exchanges lead to long lasting friendships and the exchange of photos, badges, pins and patches. The usual communications method calls for speaking into a microphone.  However, the following specialized communications may also be used during JOTA: Slow Scan TV, or SSTV Amateur TV, or ATV Amateur TV, or ATV Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, or OSCAR Packet Radio, or Modem communication without a phone --PSK 31 Radio Teletype, or RTTY Earth-Moon-Earth, or EME, contacts Echolink   There will be many stations operating, including the following: K2BSA stations assigned to various areas, such as K2BSA/0, K2BSA/1, etc. HB95, the World Scout Bureau headquarters in Switzerland GB2GP at Gilwell Park, England Listen for other special call signs from many countries.    WHO JOTA welcomes participation by Scouting and amateur radio enthusiasts of all ages: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ventures , Brownie Scouts , Girl Scouts, Former Scouts and Scouters, Amateur Radio Operators and Anyone interested in doing a Good Turn for Scouting and Amateur Radio.   JOTA Scout Frequencies Band SSB (phone) CW (Morse Code) 80-meter 3.690* and 3.940 MHz 3.570 MHz 40-meter 7.090* and 7.190 MHz 7.030 MHz 20-meter 14.290 MHz 14.060 MHz 17-meter 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz 15-meter 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz 12-meter 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz 10-meter 28.390 MHz 28.190 MHz 6-meter 50.160 MHz 50-160 MHz * Not authorized to transmit in the United States (Region 2); however, you may listen Note: Remember that others use these frequencies, so move off the listed frequency if another group is operating there.  Always be courteous; others will find you. HOW Scouts and leaders should follow some of the following tips for help in preparing for participation in the JOTA program: Contact a local amateur radio operator. Contact a local amateur radio club. Put a notice in the newspaper. Run an article in the local council newsletter; almost every local council has a Scouter involved in amateur radio. Contact the American Radio Relay League's Field and Educational Activities Department toll free at 800-326-3942; or visit the ARRL Website: http://www.arrl.org/ead/jota.html.  Request the More About Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) guide from the International Department at Boy Scouts of America, International Department S221, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. Radio amateurs should: Invite Scouts and Scout units to their radio shack, Radio amateurs who do not know any units should contact the nearest BSA local council service center for the names of Scout unit leaders in the area.  Local councils can be found by visiting www.scouting.org. Volunteer to set up a station at a district or council camporee, Scout show, or other event.  Contact the nearest BSA local council service center for more information. Call "CQ Jamboree" or respond to such calls. K2BSA is available throughout the year for organized Scout events.  K2BSA may be available for use during JOTA.  Contact Ray Moyer for details by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail at Boy Scouts of America, Ray Moyer, c/o internation, S221, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, PO box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-0279. CONTACT CARDS/Patches The JOTA contact cards are 10 cents each, and can be purchased individually or in packs of 10 for $1.  The contact cards are available to anyone participating and are a good place to record some of the contacts made during JOTA.  The patches are temporary insignia to be worn on the right pocket of the Scout uniform or on jackets/vests, and they cost $4 each. Both the contact cards and patches will be available after August 1 and in LIMITED QUANTITY, so order early!  Please allow four weeks for delivery.  Checks or money orders will be accepted and must be made payable to Boy Scouts of America.  We also accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.  Send requests for cards and or patches to Boy Scouts of America, Jamboree-on-the-Air, S221, PO Box 152079, Irving, Texas 75015-2079, or call the International Department at (972)580-2405. JOTA Report The JOTA report on the following pages is very important in working on the next JOTA event.  Your combined information will be forwarded to the World Scout Bureau and will be used to improve the overall event.  include anything that was funny, interesting, or learned, along with your ideas or suggestions to help improve the event.  If you include pictures, put them on a disk using JPG format so they can be forwarded with the report.  Make sure you have the full names of all those in the picture.  Scouts in uniform would be really great.  Please provide anything that would be of interest to others. An example of a story: "The snow was two feet deep but we drank hot chocolate and talked to Scouts from New Zealand.  They had just gotten back from swimming."

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