2015 Jamboree on the Air

The annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Scouting event uses amateur radio to connect Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in our community. This event--held each year during the third full weekend of October requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur's ham shack.

A young Scout in Cyprus got on the air during JOTA 2014.

JOTA typically attracts more than 750,000 Scouts who participate from 6,000+ stations in 150 countries. In the US, 13,326 Scouts and visitors took part in JOTA 2014.  This year's JOTA will occur on the ham bands October 16-18.  If you are interested in participating in JOTA, or hosting a JOTA opportunity for your local Scouting groups, rally HARC members (any others) and contact local Scout troops and packs! HARC treasurer Jon Titus (KZ1G) has ARRL flyers JOTA stations can give to guests.

Contact your local Scout council office (http://scouting.org/LocalCouncilLocator.aspx) and ask how you might help.  Contact your local Scout troop/pack leader and ask if they'd like to spend time talking to fellow scouts around the world on the JOTA weekend.  Hams can invite scouts and their parents to get on the air from personal stations.  Or you can get on the air and call "CQ JOTA," or answer similar CQs from other stations, and enjoy QSOs with eager scouts.

Get additional information about JOTA 2015, including suggested calling frequencies, JOTA patch order information, JOTA activity ideas at: http://www.k2bsa.net/jota and http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota 

About Jon Titus

Jon Titus received his first amateur-radio license as WN2KCZ in 1963. He returned to the ham world in the late 1970's and now holds an Amateur Extra class license, KZ1G. Jon has college degrees in chemistry and has worked in the electronics industry for many years
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