Some Information on JOTA (forwarded form packet radio)
Robert Christiansen (Robert_Christiansen.NPSC@XCI.XEROX.COM)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 05:25:48 PDT
To : SCOUTS@WW
To: National JOTA Organizers
Radio Amateur Associations
Interested Scout Groups
JOTA Circular August 1994.
37th Jamboree-On-The-Air, 15 - 16 October 1994.
This is a fil reminder that the 37th JOTA will be held over
the weekend of 15 and 16 October 1994.
Details of the JOTA organization are published in the first
JOTA circular, issued in May 1994. This circular contains some
The JOTA is a world-wide event. Units may operate for 48 hours,
from Saturday 00.00 h until Sunday 24.00h 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 the 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.
National JOTA Reports.
National JOTA organizers are requested to send a report tothe World
Scout Bureau soon after the event.
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
The World Report editor would very much appreciate it if you could
send your additional report text in English on a computer disk.
You may use any MS-DOS or Macintosh formatted disk with the text in
ASCII format or formatted according to any popular word processor,
like Wordperfect, MS-Word, Wordstar or similar.
Send your report to the World Scout Bureau before the 31st of
December 1994 !!
The JOTA map game.
Map co-ordinates for the JOTA map game have been distributed to
various countries. The format in which Scout stations will transmit
the co-ordates during a contact is:
AABB N CCDD E.
In this format AA and CC represent degrees whilst BB and DD are minutes.
The N stands for Northern Latitude and the E for Eastern Length.
We wish you many happy hours with this map game and are looking
forward to see your solution.
The World Scout Bureau's radio station HB9S will operate from Geneva,
most of the 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, World Bureau
staff members and an international team of scout radio amateurs.
HB9S will transmit a JOTA message delivered by the Director of UNICEF,
Mr. Jim Grant, according to the following schedule on Saturday 15 October:
Australia 28.990 MHz 09.00 GMT
Japan 21.360 MHz 09.15 GMT
South-East Asia 21.360 MHz 14.00 GMT
Africa 28.990 MHz 14.15 GMT
Europe 07.090 MHz 14.30 GMT
N & S-America 21.360 MHz 18.00 GMT
Making a contact with HB9S takes some patience in practice. 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.
QSL card competition.
Details of the QSL card competition for JOTA participants were
published last May. May we remind you that:
entries for this competition need to be received on time in Geneva,
i.e. before 31 December 1994.
Asia-Pacific Radio-Scouting Seminar.
The first Radio-Scouting Seminar for National JOTA Organizers in the
Asia-Pacific Region takes place 2 - 4 January 1995. Your application
to participatein this seminar must reach the organizers before
31 October 1994. Your National Scout Headquarters has the application
forms. For further information contact the Australian National JOTA
Organizer Mr. Peter V. Hughes, 58 Preston Street, Como, WA 6152,
This circular is the last information you receive before the JOTA
weekend. Should National JOTA Organizers have any last-minute questions,
ask your radio operator to send a message via the amateur packet-radio
network. You can reach the World JOTA Team via this network as follows.
Question regarding the operation of HB9S and requests for possible
skeds can be directed to Yves Margot, at packet-radio address:
HB9AOF @ HB9IAP.SROM.CHE.EU.
General questions about the JOTA can be directed to Richard Middelkoop,
at packet-radio address:
PA3BAR @ PI8VNW.#ZH2.NLD.EU.
Please note that this service is intended for National JOTA Organizers
only. Others should direct their questions to their National Scout
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 provides the opportunity
for an interesting weekend programme.
I wish you all a most enjoyable weekend.
Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR
World JOTA Advisor.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City