JOTA (long posting - 280 lines)
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Fri, 28 Aug 1992 14:00:20 CST
As promised, here is a copy of the information letter sent out on JOTA
by the World Bureau:
World Organization of the Scout Movement - World Scout Bureau
Circular No. 17/1992 Geneva, July 1992
To: International Commissioners
National JOTA Organizers (NJO's)
35th Jamboree-On-The-Air, 17-18 October 1992
This is a final reminder that the 35th JOTA will be held over the
weekend of 17 and 18 October 1992.
JOTA is a world-wide event. Units may operate for 48 hours, from
Saturday 00.00 h until Sunday 24.00 h local time. Due to the world's
time differences, this period is not the same for everyone. To
determine the times at which you can most likely contact a certain part
of the world, calculate a time difference and ask your amateur radio
operator about the radio propagation prediction (a sort of weather
forecast for radio waves).
Members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
are kindly invited to take part in the JOTA and enjoy this international
event together with the Scouts.
Any authorized frequency may be used to establish a contact. National
radio regulations must be strictly observed. To find each other easily,
listen on the agreed World Scout Frequencies.
World Scout Frequencies
Band SSB(phone) CW(morse)
80m 3.740 & 3.940 MHz 3.590 MHz
40m 7.090 MHz 7.030 MHz
20m 14.290 MHz 14.070 MHz
17m 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15m 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz
12m 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10m 28.990 MHz 28.190 MHz
World Federation of Great Towers
The World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) is an organization in which
large towers all over the world co-operate for special activities. It
was founded in 1989 with the aim to stimulate communication and
exchanges of all sort between the people of the world.
The WFGT invites Scouts to take part in the JOTA from the top of their
Towers. Amateur radio stations will be installed on the towers and
professional communication facilities to contact the other towers will
be made available also.
The following towers will take part: Centrepoint Tower in Sydney
(Australia), Donauturm in Vienna (Austria), CN Tower in Toronto
(Canada), Empire State Building in New York (USA), Tour Eiffel in Paris
(France), Euromast in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Ostankino Tower in Moscow
(Russia), Blackpool Tower in Blackpool (United Kingdom) and British
Telecom Tower in London (United Kingdom). Plans are being made to issue
a JOTA poster with all the participating towers on it. More information
will follow if this can be realized.
Some of these stations may use special call signs as well. It is
planned to establish a television link between New York, Paris and
Moscow at some time during the weekend. This will make it possible for
the scouts at those towers to have a forum discussion. Further details
are not yet known, but can be obtained from the World Bureau's radio
station HB9S during the JOTA.
National JOTA Reports
JOTA organizers are requested to send a report to the World Scout Bureau
soon after the event. Enclosed with this circular is the report form
for the 35th JOTA. This form is intended for the National JOTA
Organizer (NJO) but it may be used by individual units if a country has
What is a good report? A National JOTA Report gives an impression of
what the JOTA was like in your country. It contains ideas and comments,
suggestions for future programmes and describes the most important and
interesting contacts that were made. A summary of it will be published
in the World JOTA Report, so others may benefit from it. The figures
that are requested in the report form will be used to compile some
statistics. A reasonable estimate would be appreciated if they cannot
be specified accurately.
Please take a few moments to fill out this form and feel free to include
any other information on separate papers.
Send your report to the World Scout Bureau before the 31st of December
The JOTA letter game
The Jamboree On The Air is an activity based on communication between
Scouts and Guides. And what better way than a game to learn how to
communicate with foreign stations? Last year we introduced the JOTA
letter game. The enthusiastic reactions also indicated that it was
extremely difficult. So we made it easier this year. To participate is
The aim of the game is to collect 5 different letters which together
form the last name of a person who is famous in the radio world. Next
you have to find his first name. The solution to the letter game is the
full name of this person.
We distributed five 5 letters to different countries, all over the
world, in such a way that each region has the complete word. You do not
have to make long distance contacts to find all the letters; the word
has been distributed several times. All participating Great Towers (see
above) and the JOTA stations in their country as well as in some other
counties have a letter. All JOTA stations in these countries will tell
you what this letter is when you contact them. You will have to do the
o ask the Scouts and Guides whom you contact if they can give you a
letter of the letter game.
o if they do, write down this letter.
o when you collected all five letter, make a name of it.
o find the first name of the person
o report the solution to your National JOTA Organizer.
Of course, we do not tell you beforehand which country has received a
letter from us; you will have to find out yourselves.
We wish you many happy hours with this letter game.
HB9S on 35th JOTA camp
During the JOTA weekend, there will be a JOTA camp at the Scout centre
Les Perouses in Satigny, just outside Geneva. Scouts from several
countries will be able to take part in various radio-scouting workshops
on the occasion of the 35th JOTA. The Bureau's radio station HB9S will
operate from there.
An official transmission with news from the camp is planned on Saturday
17 October, at 15.00 GMT on 14.270 MHz.
HB9S will operate most of Saturday and Sunday, with short breaks during
the night. Transmitters will be on the air simultaneously on the
10/15/20 metre, 160/80/40 metre, and 0.7/2 metre bands. The station
manager Yves Margot, HB9AOF, will be assisted by Richard Middelkoop,
PA3BAR, some World Bureau staff members and an international team of
scout radio amateurs.
Making a contact with HB9S often takes some patience. Usually many
stations are calling at the same time. Please follow the instructions
given by the operators and do not interfere with on-going contacts. The
operators will do the best they can to make contact with Scout stations
world-wide and speak to Scouts in as many languages as possible.
National Report Competition
Again this year, we would like to organize a small competition for
National JOTA Organizers. A jury will judge the National JOTA Reports
that you send us and award this prize to the best one a copy of the book
"Scouting Round the World", issued in 1990 by the World Scout Bureau,
which contains facts and information about all Scout Associations
To take part in this competition, a National JOTA Organizer simply needs
to note the following:
Each national JOTA report needs:
a) to be received on time in Geneva or Zoetermeer, i.e., by 31
b) to include the fully completed JOTA report form.
The winning report will be announced in the World JOTA Report that is
issued in March 1993.
Special call signs in Austria
To commemorate the 35th JOTA, all amateur radio stations in Austria (so
not only the Scout stations) will replace the figure in their call signs
by the figure 35 during the whole month of October '92. The station on
the Donauturm in Vienna will have the call sign OE35XVS.
News from the 3rd European Radio Scouting Seminar
In May this year some 40 National JOTA Organizers and their team members
met in Veijle, Denmark for a four day seminar. In total 19 different
countries were represented, including Romania, Czeckoslovakia and
Ukraine. Some NJO's came as far away as Tanzania and Australia.
"International understanding through communication" was the theme of the
meeting. Discussions focussed on improving the contents of the (radio)
contacts between Scouts and on practical organization matters for the
JOTA. The participation of the Central and Eastern European countries
in the JOTA received extra attention. A full report if the meeting will
be available soon.
35 years of JOTA history
From the inception of the JOTA idea at the World Jamboree in Sutton
Coldfield in 1957 to the present 35th edition of this world-wide event,
all is described in detail in the JOTA history report "The JOTA Story".
It is written by L. F. Jarrett, the former World JOTA Organizer for 28
years. The report tells you about the organization of the event, shows
how the participation increased over the years, reprints all the JOTA
logo's that were ever used and quotes from all the World JOTA Reports.
If you want to give your Scouts some background on the event, this is
the report you will need. "The JOTA Story" is being published
especially on the occasion of the 35th JOTA as a limited edition. Order
your copy now, directly from the World Scout Bureau in Geneva.
the JOTA is an excellent opportunity to meet Scouts, Guides and others
from many countries. Exchange ideas, learn about other cultures and
habits and make new friends. This year's JOTA theme "Let's talk"
provides an opportunity for an interesting weekend programme. I hope
that this Jamboree On The Air will once again give its participants the
experience of the International Brotherhood of World Scouting and will
contribute to mutua;l understanding and respect. I wish you all an
Notes for SCOUTS-L
The words above are as in the original letter. The spelling mistakes
are my own! Unfortunately, bold and italics don't come out all that
well, so read the text carefully. The main highlighting is for the
section on inviting the girls to join in, and in getting the
National JOTA Report back to the World Bureau on time.
Remember that that is what was sent to the National JOTA Organizer in
your country. Your Council or National headquarters should have
information on what is planned in your area.
I've not included the report form itself, cause the nice boxes just
wouldn't come out on a VT100. The report should include at least:
name, address, callsign, Scout association, country;
Scout stations in peculiar locations;
special JOTA activities and ideas;
photographs, drawings or cartoons;
newspaper cuttings of the event in your own language;
suggestions for next year's JOTA theme and logo;
details of activities on the JOTA theme "Let's talk";
solution of the letter game;
number of stations taking part;
number of participants (scouts/guides/radio amateurs/visitors);
countries in which contact was made with *Scout* stations.
The report should be sent to the World Bureau, via your Scout or Guide
Association, to arrive before 31 December 1992. The World Scout Bureau
assumes that all materials received may be used for publication.
It would be a good idea to touch base with your National JOTA Organizer
in any case, since you might get your first letter for the game for
free! (Others have already posted the contact point for BSA. Elsewhere,
call your national headquarters for information.)
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
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