Jamboree and Jamboree on the Air News — July JOTA Newsletter


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July 2017
JOTA Newsletter

JOTA-JOTI 2017 Mark Your Calendar — 20 to 22 October

USA JOTA 2017 Patch

We’re advised that BSA Supply plans to have the 2017 JOTA Patch in stock on July 19. No order number at this time. We’ll get that word out via K2BSA website and social media.

World JOTA-JOTI 2017 Logo and Badge

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has announced the theme and the logo for 2017. Plans for 2017 include a simplified registration system.

Check out the Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016. There may be something on that list for you to try in 2017.

The badge is available from the World Scout Shops at JOTA-JOTI 2017 Badge.

K2BSA @ Jamboree

K2BSA will be on the air from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree from July 18 to July 28, with some testing prior to the 18th.

We would greatly appreciate your QSOs. We hope to demonstrate amateur radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio Merit Badge requirement for QSOs. We need you on the other end of the contact.

Jamboree Live
The webpage K2BSA Jamboree Live has all the information for making a contact with K2BSA during the Jamboree. It lists frequencies, repeaters, Echolink, and D-Star options. If you’re at the Jamboree, it also lists those options. We will also publish live updates on Facebook and Twitter of active frequencies.

Jamboree Nets
K2BSA will be hosting a nightly net at 7:30 PM Eastern on Echolink Conference Node *JAMBO*. You can also access the net via the repeaters at the Summit.

Jamboree Balloon Tracking
We plan to launch one and possibly two balloons from the Jamboree that are expected to navigate around the world. As soon as they have been launched you’ll be able to track them online. You can find all the details at Jamboree Balloon Tracking.

Jamboree Logbook and QSL Cards
You can check the logbook and find out how to request QSL cards at Jamboree Logbook.

ARISS at Jamboree
We have a scheduled amateur radio contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station. The date and time have not been set at this time. We’ll get word out as that all comes together.

Radio Scouting in the News

The QST June issue carried a story about Jamboree on the Air and the National Scout Jamboree. The CQ Magazine May issue carried a story about ARDF-Foxhunting in Scouting.

Amateur Radio Newsline has a Radio Scouting story in nearly every issue. HamTalkLive will be interviewing Jim Wilson, K5ND, about Radio Scouting on June 29. It will also be recorded and posted on their website.

Also watch for an upcoming podcast episode on Radio Scouting from Ham Radio 360. Thanks to Bill Stearns, NE4RD, for his work on all this publicity.

BSA Recognized with CW Ops Award

The Boy Scouts of America was recently recognized by the CW Operator’s Club with their Award for Advancing the Art of Communicating with Morse Code. You can read more at CW Ops Award.

JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has published a Participant’s Guide to help you get on the air and the Internet for the largest Scouting event in the world.

They’ve also published a brief history of the 60 years of Jamboree on the Air as well as the Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016 that might provide ideas for your event this year.

ICYMI: Radio Merit Badge Requirements 2017

The Radio Merit Badge requirements have been updated for 2017. You can learn more about the new requirements, including frequently asked questions, at Radio Merit Badge Requirements. That document also has links to slide decks you can use in your Radio Merit Badge program.

Jamboree Radio Merit Badge Slide Decks

We’ve also posted the slide decks for the 2017 Jamboree Radio Merit Badge classes. Check out the great slides and animation produced by Phil Westover, WA7URV, Jamboree Radio Merit Badge team leader. You can find them at Jamboree Radio Merit Badge.

Radio Scouting Net

Chris Overbey, WA5DM, hosts a Radio Scouting Net on the second Thursday of every month. 9 PM Central on Echolink *JOTA-365* (480809). Check in and compare notes about your JOTA station and all Radio Scouting topics. We’re getting a good turn out of experts, newbies, and everybody inbetween, sharing insights into what works and what doesn’t work. Don’t miss it.

New JOTA-JOTI Introduction Video

As part of our overall communication efforts, we’ve produced a short video introducing Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. It can serve as an excellent introduction for all Scouting audiences, from parents, to unit and district leaders, to planning roundtables. Use it as part of your efforts to line up Scouting events, like district and council camporees, with Jamboree on the Air.

Scout Camps on the Air

Have you activated an amateur radio station at a Scout camp? It could have been for summer camp, a camporee, a troop camp, or perhaps for Jamboree on the Air. With Scout Camps on the Air you can not only register your own station but you can also find others to arrange contacts.

You can learn more at Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA).

Online Scout Station Scheduling

Many station reports suggested they needed an online scheduling tool. It was available but under utilized. It works year round. So give it a try for your next event.

Scout scheduling page at http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=scoutsYou can use this to post your frequency and to pick up on other stations as well.

Radio Scouting Brochures

Another suggestion from the 2016 station reports was to use brochures to introduce Radio Scouting to various audiences. You can find them at Radio Scouting Brochure and the Mentoring the Next Generation of Hams Brochure. And don’t forget the Radio Scouting Poster, the poster used at the 2017 Dayton Hamvention, and the Infographic.

Scout Station Loans

Icom America and the Boy Scouts of America have a sponsorship agreement. One aspect of that agreement is that Icom America will provide up to 10 complete amateur radio stations for use by local Scout councils. Stations can be requested for long-term development loan stations and for event loan stations. You can find the details, application, and loan agreement here.

K2BSA Call Sign Use

The K2BSA call sign is available for use at Scouting events. Last year there were 46 activations around the country. You can submit your request to use the call sign at http://www.k2bsa.net/call-sign-use/ and you can see upcoming operations at http://www.k2bsa.net/k2bsa-calendar/

K2BSA Amateur Radio Association

Everyone is welcome to join the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. Dues are $12 for a lifetime membership. Join here.


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