Official JOTA/JOTI News
Mike Lake (lakefam@US.NET)
Tue, 1 Oct 1996 23:28:57 -0400
It took me a while to get a hold of this, but here is the official plan for
JOTA and what has also come to be known as JOTI.
BSA National Capital Area Council (Washington, D.C. Area)
International Scouting Committee
Public Relations service
World Scout Bureau, Geneva
Circular No. 23/96
39th World Scout JOTA (Jamboree-On-The-Air), 19 - 20 October 1996
This is a final reminder that the 39th World Scout JOTA will be held over
the weekend of 19 and 20 October 1996.
Details of the JOTA organization were already published in our first JOTA
circular 14/96, issued in May 1996. Please ask your national HQ for further
The JOTA is a world-wide event. Units may operate for 48 hours, from
Saturday 00.00h 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 Scouts.
--- World Scout Frequencies
Band SSB(phone) CW(morse)
80 m 3.740 & 3.940 MHz 3.590 MHz
40 m 7.090 MHz 7.030 MHz
20 m 14.290 MHz 14.070 MHz
17 m 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15 m 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz
12 m 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10 m 28.990 MHz 28.190 MHz
--- JOTA badge
A cloth badge with the new Radio-Scouting logo has been produced. It was
introduced last year at the World Jamboree. The badge can now be ordered
via your National Scout Shop. The World Bureau's order number is 91211.
--- HB9S activities
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 will also be active on
internet: JOTA@world.scout.org 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.
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.
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, Lully, CH-1233 Bernex, Switzerland. Packet: HB9AOF@HB9IAP
Scouting experience and operating practice are a prerequisite.
--- 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.
There are 2 different networks available for digital communications via
computers during the 39th World Scout JOTA.
* Internet, an international network operating via telephone lines to which
many other data networks are connected. The possibilities that Internet can
offer to Scouts have been described in some detail in the 1995 World JOTA
Report. The use of internet does NOT require an amateur radio licence,
merely a connection to the telephone network, and an Internet service
* 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 "JOTA".
3. Try to find about 4 or 5 other Scout groups on this channel who would
like to form a "virtual Scout group" with you. Scouts from at least 3
different countries are needed. Collect all electronic addresses of your
group members for later use.
The internet channels are open to everyone, not only to Scouts. Just like
the radio waves. A few simple guidelines apply:
- Clearly identify yourself, e.g. by using the same amateur radio call sign
on internet or the name of your group.
- Refrain from using foul language as is sometimes provoked by others on
internet. This is not Scout-like.
- Prepare in advance some basic information on your scout group that can be
sent to others each time as an introduction. Try to come with an original,
creative form that catches everyone's attention.
There is a lot of scouting information to be found on the internet. Use a
net browser like Netscape or Mosaic to get access to these databases. Of
course you may connect to the web site of the World Scout Organization at
the following address:
--- 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 39th World Scout 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.
Alternatively, you may use electronic mail and send your file to:
Clearly mention "JOTA Report" in the subject line.
Send your report to the World Scout Bureau before the 31st of December 1996 !!
--- 4th European Radio-Scouting Seminar
The fourth Radio-Scouting Seminar for National JOTA Organizers in the
European Region takes place 8 - 11 May 1997, provisionally at the training
centre of Les Scouts de France in Jambville, near Paris. Mark your diary.
It is aimed at leaders with a national responsibility for the development
of Radio-Scouting and related communication technologies. The objectives
are training of new National Organizers and exploring issues like the use
of electronics and information technology for communication among Scouts
world-wide. WAGGGS Associations are invited to participate. Further
detailed information and application forms will be available next November
from the European Regional Office in Brussels.
--- This year's theme activity
The 39th JOTA provides a challenge to those scouts, radio amateurs and
Scouters who like the outdoors. We encourage all JOTA participants to set
up their stations at unusual places: on top of a high-rise building, in the
middle of a public market place, on a ferry boat, on a bridge, at a camp
site, on a ...... well, use your imagination. The condition is, however,
that these stations use their own power source. Something like a small
generator, a windmill, a water-driven mill, or just batteries. This also
means that one has to be very economic with the use of energy. It's a
challenge to operate low-power transmitters, radio amateurs call this QRP,
in combination with large antennas. Often these unusual places do allow for
antennas larger than normal to be put up. Of course, the traditional Scout
pioneering craft comes in handy here. How about constructing your own
full-size 3 element beam antenna for the 40 metre band?
Yes, you can do the same thing if you operate on internet. Find a computer
that uses as little energy as possible. The good old home computer could
serve the purpose. Access the Internet via a radio link if you are in a
remote area. A dedicated packet-radio link can do this. Your radio amateur
will know how.
--- The 40th World Scout JOTA in 1998
Good planning requires thinking ahead. In 1998 the 40th World Scout JOTA
will be held and that calls for a celebration! A celebration with a
"special project". We challenge those among you who have an advance
knowledge of electronics to design an electronic circuit that allows a
* Connect a morse code key and produce light and sound.
* To communicate via a wire over some distance (e.g. to the next tent).
* Connect it to a radio and make contact with another station.
* Connect it to a computer and communicate with some else via internet or
Designs should be sent to the World Scout Bureau together with the national
JOTA report. The best ones will be published so all participants in the
jubilee-JOTA will be able to build this "Scout communicator".
--- Last-minute information
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 WOSM web site on internet at URL
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.
Secretary General, WOSM
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City