Re: JOTA weekend
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sat, 23 Aug 1997 16:29:02 -0400
JOTA will be held on October 18 and 19, 1997. From WOSM's website at
1. 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 make contact with each other by means of amateur
radio and internet. It is a real Jamboree during which Scouting
experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, 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
Members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
(WAGGGS) are 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 SCOut REsourcesInternational (SCORE). Ref.
2. How to take part?
There are basically two ways to participate in the JOTA: by amateur
radio, which requires the help of a licensed amateur radio operator,
and via internet, which requires personal computers and perhaps a
budget to cover the telephone and internet access costs.
-- On the radio:
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 a contact;
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
-- On Internet:
a.set up a series of personal computers at your Scout building or
visit a computer centre of e.g. a school or university.
b.connect the computers to the public telephone network with a
c.pre-arrange access to the world-wide internet with a local
d.Scouting www pages, electronic mail, and IRC, Internet Relay
Chat are the most popular ways to participate.
3. Reports please:
a.all participating groups are asked to send a report of their
activities to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) after the event.
For this 40th jubilee JOTA it is of particular importance to make
good (colour) photographs that can be used in the World Report of
the event. Ask the help of a Scout photographer at your station.
b.NJO's are requested to send a National JOTA Report to the World
Scout Bureau, for inclusion in the World Report of the JOTA. Report
forms will be enclosed with the next JOTA circular in August.
4. World Scout Frequencies:
3.740 & 3.940 MHz
----- of course a lot more information is available on the WOSM website,
but this should get you started.
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