All about JOTA and how to join in
Find out all about WOSM's largest world-wide event.
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.
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.
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:
During the JOTA weekend there is unfortunately one contest (amateur radio competition). It is an exception to the agreement that there will be no contests during the JOTA weekend. However, an agreement has been reached with the organizers of this German WAG contest on the use of amateur radio frequencies during the JOTA in such a way that it allows both events to operate in parallel. This worked satisfactorily last year, so we would like to continue it for this years' JOTA as well.
Each 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.