The World JOTA-JOTI 2017 badge is available from the World Scout Shops at JOTA-JOTI 2017 Badge. They also have large blanket badges and pins.
JOTA-JOTI Neckerchief Interest
If badges and patches aren’t enough for you and your Scouts, you may be interested in a JOTA-JOTI neckerchief. The World Scout Shop has indicated that they would consider producing a neckerchief if sufficient interest exists. If you’re interested, please complete the interest form at JOTA-JOTI Neckerchief Interest.
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.
Many 2016 JOTA station reports suggested they needed an online scheduling tool. It was available but under utilized. You can find it at http://n8fq.org/sked/index.php?board=jota
Note the URL change from 2016. Thanks go to Dave Edwards, KD2E, and his extra effort to continue this system for 2017. Try it out.
Echolink Conference Nodes
For those of you using Echolink, there are now two conference nodes designated for Scout contacts. You’re familiar with *JOTA-365* (node 480809). We also have *JAMBO* (node 832996). For further Scout frequency information including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP, go to https://www.k2bsa.net/scout-frequencies/
JOTA Station Reports
Icom America has once again this year donated an ID-51A Plus 2 to encourage stations to file their reports after Jamboreee on the Air. Everyone who files a report will have their names entered into the drawing. We’ll open up the reporting system on JOTA weekend. For more information on filing your report, see JOTA Station Report Best Practices.
K2BSA had a successful 2017 Jamboree. Thanks to everyone who got on the air and provided QSOs for our Scouts. You can read the full report at K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Report. The highlights include nearly 2,500 Scouts introduced to amateur radio with roughly 1,400 contacts. 200 Scouts tried out ARDF-Foxhunting and 305 earned the Radio Merit Badge. BTW — Slide decks used in the training are available 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).