Jamboree on the Air Newsletter for September — It’s Time for JOTA

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September 2017
JOTA Newsletter

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

Sign Up Your JOTA-JOTI Station

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has activated the online sign-up system. Review the start up instructions at https://www.k2bsa.net/jota-station-registration/

USA JOTA 2017 Patch

2017 JOTA Patches are available in Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff. Order number 641467. They also have 2017 JOTI Patches, order number 641466.

World JOTA-JOTI 2017 Badge

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.

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.

Online Scout Station Scheduling

Many 2016 JOTA station reports suggested they needed an online scheduling tool. It was available but under utilized. You can find it at
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.

Cub Scout Program Helps — JOTA

The BSA National Radio Scouting Committee has developed an early draft of Cub Scout Program Helps for Jamboree on the Air. See https://www.k2bsa.net/cub-scout-program-helps-jota/ Thanks to Christian Ingerslev, AB2SN for his work on this project.

Boy Scout Troop Meeting Plan — Radio

The National Radio Scouting Committee has also developed a draft Troop Meeting Plan for Radio. You can find it at https://www.k2bsa.net/troop-meeting-plan-radio/ Thanks go once again to Christian Ingerslev, AB2SN.

JOTA Facebook Profile Picture Frame

Update your Facebook Profile Picture with the 2017 BSA Jamboree on the Air patch design. Go to https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes?query=jota and select the JOTA 2017 Boy Scouts of America picture frame. Thanks to Doug Cook, KX5DC.

K2BSA @ Jamboree

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).

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.

Follow the Radio Scouting Conversation

You can keep up with the latest developments in Radio Scouting by following one or more of these social media links or signing up for an email group.


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