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WHAT IS THE JAMBOREE-ON-THE-AIR (JOTA)?

The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world connect with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world. It's the shear excitement of having a live conversation with a fellow Scout or Guide at some other place in the world that attracts so many young people to this event. JOTA is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared. 

The use of amateur-radio techniques offers an extra educational dimension for Scouts. Many grasp the opportunity to discover the world of wireless radio techniques and electronics. Thousands of volunteer radio amateurs assist the Scouts over the JOTA weekend with their knowledge, equipment and enthusiasm. 
 

WHEN IS IT?

Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. A change in policy from previous years, there is no set time for the start or end. Since it isn’t a contest, there’s no designating starting point. The JOTA 2021 starts at 00:00 h local time on 16 October and runs up to 23:59 h local time on 17 October. When your station is ready to go, get on the air and make contacts. You'll have the whole weekend! Note that details for use of special radio licenses, operating times and allowance for Scouts to use radio transmitters may vary per country

HOW TO TAKE PART?

To take part in the Jamboree-On-The-Air and experience the excitement of long-distance, wireless radio contacts requires the help of a licensed amateur-radio operator. This is not as difficult as it looks like at first glance. Such a person can easily be found via the national amateur-radio organization in your country. Each country where Scouting exists has such an organization. For the USA the ARRL is the national liason and more info can be found here>> 

Radio amateurs throughout the world are very keen on helping Scouts to take part in the JOTA.

JOTA Operating Guide