38th JOTA info circular.
R. MIDDELKOOP (Middelkoop@FEL.TNO.NL)
Mon, 12 Jun 1995 14:14:45 EDT
For those of you looking for information on the upcoming 38th
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), please find below the text of the
information circular just published by the World Scout Bureau in
38th Jamboree-On-The-Air, 21 - 22 October 1995.
In this circular please find the first announcement and the
information for the largest annual WOSM event, the
Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA). The JOTA will be held this year for
the 38th time during the weekend of 21 and 22 October 1995.
Please forward the details to your National JOTA Organizer and
interested scout groups.
What is the Jamboree-On-The-Air ?
The JOTA is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides
all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio
contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are
shared, via the radio waves, thus contributing to the world
brotherhood of Scouting. The JOTA is a world-wide event. Units
may operate for 48 hours or any part thereof, from Saturday
00.00 h until Sunday 24.00 h local time. 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. A leaflet describing the JOTA
participation in detail can be ordered in English, French,
Spanish or Russian from the World Scout Bureau, ref. nr 1311.
How to take part ?
a) visit an amateur radio station with your
scout group or invite a radio amateur to install his station in
your scout building;
b) call "CQ Jamboree" or answer scout stations calling to establish
c) all radio stations must strictly observe the national amateur
d) any authorised frequency may be used. It is recommended that
stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies or frequencies
close by to find each other.
World Scout Frequencies:
BandSSB (phone) CW(morse)
80 m 3.740 & 3.940 MHz 3.590 MHz
40 m 7.090MHz 7.030 MHz
20 m 14.290 MHz 14.070 MHz
17 m 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15 m 21.380 MHz 21.140 MHz
12 m 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10 m 28.990 MHz 28.190 MHz
e) all participating groups are asked to send a report of their
to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) after the event.
f) NJO's are requested to send a National JOTA Report to the World
Bureau, for inclusion in the World Report of the JOTA. Report forms
be enclosed with the next JOTA circular in August.
The UN 50 programme.
The United Nations celebrate their 50th
Anniversary this year. Several activities will be organised to
commemorate this anniversary. The official anniversary date is
October 24, two days after the JOTA. As you know, the World
Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) cooperates with
several UN agencies on various issues and in different parts of
the world. The World Scout Committee therefore expressed the
wish to pay tribute to this relationship. Two large Scout events
will have activities linked to the anniversary of the UN: the
World Jamboree in the Netherlands next August and the Jamboree
On The Air next October. A seperate leaflet presents ideas for
the UN50 programmes in conjunction to the JOTA.
Scouts who hold an amateur radio license valid for short-wave
band operations and who would like to come to Geneva next
October to assist with the operation of the radio station of the
World Scout Bureau, HB9S, are invited to contact the station
manager: Mr. Yves Margot, 7 Route A. Ferrand, CH-1233 Lully,
Switzerland. Packet: HB9AOF@HB9IAP. Scouting experience and
operating practice are a prerequisite.
JOTA on Internet.
Some activities are being prepared that can be run over the
international datanetwork, known as Internet. A detailed
description of the facilities that this net can offer to JOTA
participants, has been published in the latest World JOTA
Report. More details on this Internet JOTA activity in the next
circular, as well as in the scout bulletin boards on Internet.
A second JOTA circular will be send to you
late August with the latest details and information. The World
Scout Bureau also has the following leaflets available (consult
your Scout Association for ordering instructions):
- JOTA, how to take part in this annual activity; in English, French,
Spanish or Russian. WSB ref.nr 1311.
- HB9S, the amateur radio station at the World Scout Bureau in
or French. WSB ref.nr 1312.
- The JOTA story, a history of the first 35 years, by Len Jarrett, in
The World JOTA Report (ref. nr 1310) of the 37th JOTA was
published in March and sent to all Scout Associations. It
contains statistical information on the JOTA participation,
activity reports from more than 50 countries, a selection of
newspaper articles and new programme ideas. The report is in
English with French and Spanish summaries. Additional copies can
be ordered directly from the World Scout Bureau for the price of
Sfr. 8.- (US$ 5.70) surface mail for Europe and Sfr. 10.- (US$
7.-) airmail elsewhere.
Correction to the World JOTA Report.
We regret that a few mistakes slipped into the latest World JOTA
Report. Please correct the electronic-mail address that the
World Scout Bureau has on internet. It should read:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The map game did not only trouble
the participants, but also your editor. On page 3 some cities
were unintentionally moved to another country. Although the JOTA
makes borders fade, we have of course no intention to move them:
Karlovy Vary is in the Czech Republic and Grodno in Belorussia.
Summer camp activities.
The following radio stations, operating from summer camps, were known
at the time of print:
July/Aug 29 - 05 GB2NSR Norfolk Jamboree, Norfolk, United Kingdom
July/Aug. 29 - 04 LA4I Sogn & Fjordane district jamboree, Mo, Norway.
August 01 - 11 PA6WSJ World Scout Jamboree, Dronten, The Netherlands.
European Summer Camp sked: on 7.090 MHz at 07.00 GMT and on
14.290 MHz at 07.30 GMT
To easily find these summer camp
stations, listen around the world scout frequencies. Scout
stations in the European Region are asked to call CQ SCOUT daily
during July and August for the "summer camp sked". You may also
find additional information in the "SCOUTS" directory on
18th World Scout Jamboree.
How to catch a glimpse at home? Ever since 1957, a World Jamboree
equipped with an amateur radio station. This station facilitates
Scouts far away to catch a glimpse of the Jamboree atmosphere by
making a radio contact. Of course, the 18th World Jamboree is
equipped with such a station. Through the Amateur Radio station
learn about the latest news at the Jamboree; send a personal
greeting message to your scouts; receive a personal greeting
message from your scouts; watch still-video pictures that are
The amateur radio station with the unique call sign PA6WSJ will
be on the air continuously during the entire camp and operates
24 hours a day. It is able to make long distance contacts, as
well as European contacts. The World Scout frequencies are used
throughout. The station connects to the packet-radio network at
this address: PA6WSJ @ PI8WFL. When sending packet messages
destined to Jamboree participants, please indicate their troop
number and their subcamp. This allows the forwarding of messages
on site. Besides active participation in radio contacts, the
station offers the Scouts activities like time-zone calculation,
computer logging of contacts, a six-position short wave
reception station, a do-it-yourself antenna workshop,
packet-radio operations, a Morse-code competition, experiments
with telex (RTTY) and slow-scan television (SSTV).
Still-video pictures (called SSTV) will be transmitted in full
colour via short-wave radio. They can be received world-wide.
Depending on circumstances, PA6WSJ will try to keep the
following daily transmission schedule:
Aimed at: Frequency in MHz Time in GMT
Asia-Pacific 14.290 10.00
Europe 07.090 10.30 SSTV Transmission times
Africa 14.290 19.00
N&S America 21.360 20.00
Any changes will be announced via packet-radio bulletin boards
in the SCOUTS@WW directory.
Contact a local radio amateur or your National JOTA Organizer to
pre-arrange a contact with the World Jamboree. Please look at
the suggested times and frequencies below, when making
arrangements with your local radio amateur. These times have
taken the propagation conditions into account and offer the best
Continent Band Time in GMT
Australia & New Zealand 20m 0800 - 1000
SE Asia 20m 0800 - 1400
Africa 15m & 20m 1700 - 2000 Proposed sked times
N-America 20m 2000 - 2400
S-America 15m &20m 2000 - 2400
Europe 40m & 80 m 0900 - 1800
You may send your request for pre-arranged skeds to the Jamboree
Secretariat, c/o Amateur Radio 4.72.01, P.O. Box 1995, NL-3830
EZ Leusden, Netherlands. Clearly state your radio station's call
sign, a date between 1 and 11 August, a frequency and a time in
GMT. Your request should reach the Jamboree Secretariat by 1
Scout radio amateurs who wish to visit the radio station and
serve as guest operator can obtain an operating licence on site.
Please note that participants and visitors are not allowed to
bring their own short-wave radio transceivers onto the Jamboree
site! This is to prevent unnecessary interference to all the
Enthusiastic? Then inform your Scouts about the ways to catch a
glimpse of the World Jamboree!!
4th European Radio Scouting Seminar.
The fourth venue of National JOTA Organizers and their teams in the
European Region will take place in the United Kingdom. Tentative dates
are 8 -12 April 1996 and the location: Gilwell Park, near London.
Information: European Regional Office in Brussels, email:
Radio-Scouting and the JOTA in particular is an excellent opportunity
to meet Scouts, Guides and others from many countries. I wish you all
success with its preparation.
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TNO Physics and Electronics World Radio Scouting
Laboratory & JOTA Advisor
Den Haag, The Netherlands World Scout Bureau
email: MIDDELKOOP@FEL.TNO.NL packet: PA3BAR@PI8VNW.#ZH2.NLD.EU
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