Re: NO internet JOTA ?!
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Tue, 4 Oct 1994 10:34:00 EDT
>Several scout internet users have asked about the possibility to
>organise an internet relayed chat (IRC) for scouts during the upcoming
>Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). Such an activity is currently not being
>supported at a national or international level, mainly for the
>It is unclear as yet how the internet network would react to a large
>amount of scouts taking part in an IRC.
With the Gigabytes(I think closer to a Terabyte) of information transferred
each day over the nets, the net connections would not be a problem.
IRC may have problems dealing with that large a number on one channel,
but certainly not all users would be on simultaneously. And if neccessary
additional channels could be set up. #scouting1, #scouting2, etc.
>The access to internet seems to be limited to scouts in the more
>developped countries. Some scout associations have indicated that they
>will not support activities aimed only at a "conversation of the
There are still more ham radios per capita in the developped nations
than the developing nations. The difference is certainly not as large
as for access to IRC, but where is the line drawn?
>The amateur radio service offers a similar capability with its packet
>radio network in "convers" mode. Radio amateurs are readily available
>to scouts in whatever country.
Is Packet radio an official part of JOTA?
>With this in mind, I can only advise against such an "email-JOTA" on
>a large international scale. Having said that, I would be much
>obliged to those users involved in local experiments with this if
>they would mail me their experiences afterwards. This will enable me
>to have a closer look at possibilities and impossibilities.
email is certainly not an appropriate term for a JOTA over IRC. Computer
or IRC would be better terms.
IRC is world wide, you would suggest specifically not getting on any channel
that has anyone from another nation on?
While IRC access may not be available in developing nations, a Dane and
a Korean can communicate just as easily as a Dane and a Frenchman.
>Who can help?
I've asked people from Alpha Phi Omega (US college organization founded
on BSA principles) who normally spend a significant time on IRC on
the #aposoc channel to stop by #scouting on that weekend.
Alpha Phi Omega
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City