38th Jamboree On The Air: 2nd info WSB circular
R. MIDDELKOOP (Middelkoop@FEL.TNO.NL)
Fri, 1 Sep 1995 09:41:26 EDT
For those of you interested in participating in the next world-wide
scouting communications event, please find below the details. This is
the text of the information circular issued last Friday by the World
Scout Bureau in Geneva. [Jon, can you store this in the archives as
JOTA 2CIRC95 ? Mni tnx.]
For the first time, internet activities will be part of the official
Circular No 15/95 Geneva, August 1995.
To: National JOTA Organizers (NJO's)
National Amateur Radio Organizations
38th Jamboree-On-The-Air, 21 - 22 October 1995.
This is a final reminder that the 38th JOTA will be held over the
weekend of 21 and 22 October 1995.
Details of the JOTA organization were already published in our first
JOTA circular 10/95, issued in May 1995. [Note: available in
the Scouts-L archives on internet under JOTA 1CIRC95]. Please read
this circular again and check it for important details. The
current circular contains some last-minute information.
The 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 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.
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 following activities
are organised for the 38th JOTA to commemorate the UN 50th
1. HB9S, the World Bureau's station, will transmit a message from
UN Secretary General Butros Gali and/or other officials. Exact
transmission times and frequencies are indicated below.
2. A set of projects is offered to all scouts taking part in the
JOTA. Details were already presented in the May JOTA circular, no
10/95. The results of these projects can be presented to the
National UN50 Committee in each country on the official celebration
day October 24th.
A cloth badge with the new Radio-Scouting logo has been produced. It
was introduced at the World Jamboree. The badge can now be ordered
via your National Scout Shop. The World Bureau's order number is
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 UN Secretary General
Mr. Butros Gali and/or other officials, according to the following
schedule on Saturday 21 October:
14.290 MHz 09.00 GMT
14.290 MHz 14.00 GMT
07.090 MHz 14.15 GMT
14.290 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.
JOTA goes digital.
Communication via computers increases in popularity and importance
in today's society in many countries. The Jamboree On The Air is the
annual communication weekend of the World Organization of the Scout
Movement. What better occasion to try a new experiment with computer
communications. The idea is as follows.
There are 2 different networks available for digital communications
via computers during the 38th JOTA.
z Internet, an international network operating via telephone
lines to which many other data networks are connected. The
possiblitities that internet can offer to scouts have been described
in some detail in the latest World JOTA Report. The use of internet
does NOT require an amateur radio licence, merely a connection to
the telephone network.
z Packet-radio, an international network set up by radio amateurs
using radio links to connect nodes in the network. Since data is
transmitted by radio, the use of this network DOES require an
amateur radio licence.
What you have to do is the following:
1. Connect a personal computer to one of these networks. Your
radio operator can assist with technical matters where needed.
2. Switch to the "conversation" mode. This is sometimes called
"Chat", "IRC" or "Convers". Now you can talk to whoever is on the
same channel at that time. Use a channel identified as "scouting" or
3. Find about 4 or 5 other scout groups on this channel who would
like to form a "Digital working group" with you. Scouts from at
least 3 different countries are needed. Think of an original name
for your group. Collect all electronic addresses of your group
4. Select a discussion topic of the UN50 projects list that was
published in the May JOTA circular no. 10/95.
5. Discuss this topic with your group members by using private
electronic mail. This means you only send messages to your group
6. Make a summary of the results.
7. Send this summary, along with the name of your Digital working
group, via electronic mail to the World Scout Bureau in Geneva. The
for internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
for packet: HB9AOF @ HB9IAP.
The best summaries may be used for presentation to the United
Nations at the anniversary celebrations directly after the JOTA. The
summaries will also be included in the World JOTA Report which will
be published after the event.
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 38th JOTA. It is intended for use by the
National JOTA Organizer (NJO) but it may be used also by individual
units if a country has no NJO.
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 on 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 report form and feel free to include
any other information on separate papers.
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 1995 !!
4th European Radio-Scouting Seminar.
The fourth Radio-Scouting Seminar for National JOTA Organizers in
the European Region takes place 19 - 21 April 1996, at Gilwell Park
in the United Kingdom. Mark your diary. For further information
contact the European Regional Office in Brussels.
This circular is the last information you receive before the JOTA
weekend. If there is any last-minute information of general
interest, it will be distributed electronically. Check the SCOUTS@WW
directory of your local packet-radio bbs and the SCOUTS-L mailing
list on internet.
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 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 mutual understanding and respect. I wish you all
a most enjoyable weekend.
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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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