JOTA Jamboree on the Air -K2BSA 20-21 Oct 2017

04 Oct 2017 21:54 | Raymond Jaworski

World Scout Calling Frequencies

HF SSB Voice

  • 80 meters — 3.940 MHz and 3.690 MHz where authorized.
  • 40 meters — 7.190 MHz and 7.090 MHz where authorized.
  • 20 meters — 14.290 MHz
  • 17 meters — 18.140 MHz
  • 15 meters — 21.360 MHz
  • 12 meters — 24.960 MHz
  • 10 meters — 28.390 MHz
  • 6 meters — 50.160 MHz

HF CW Morse Code

  • 80 meters — 3.570 MHz
  • 40 meters — 7.030 MHz
  • 20 meters — 14.060 MHz
  • 17 meters — 18.080 MHz
  • 15 meters — 21.140 MHz
  • 12 meters — 24.910 MHz
  • 10 meters — 28.180 MHz
  • 6 meters — 50.160 MHz

The JOTA is not a contest. The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend. It is about Scout to Scout conversations to learn about one another and the country where they reside.

All participating groups are asked to send a report of their activities to their National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator (NJC) after the event.

For those of you using Echolink, there are now two conference nodes designated for Scout contacts. You're familiar with *JOTA-365* (node 480809). We also have *JAMBO* (node 832996). For further Scout frequency information including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP, go to

JOTA Newsletter

JOTA-JOTI 2017 Mark Your Calendar — 20 to 22 October

Sign Up Your JOTA-JOTI Station

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has activated the online sign-up system. Review the start up instructions at 

USA JOTA 2017 Patch

2017 JOTA Patches are available in Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff. Order number 641467. They also have 2017 JOTI Patches, order number 641466.

World JOTA-JOTI 2017 Badge

The World JOTA-JOTI 2017  badge is available from the World Scout Shops at JOTA-JOTI 2017 Badge. They also have large blanket badges and pins. 

JOTA-JOTI Neckerchief Interest

If badges and patches aren't enough for you and your Scouts, you may be interested in a JOTA-JOTI neckerchief. The World Scout Shop has indicated that they would consider producing a neckerchief if sufficient interest exists. If you're interested, please complete the interest form at JOTA-JOTI Neckerchief Interest

JOTA-JOTI Participant's Guide

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has published a Participant's Guide to help you get on the air and the Internet for the largest Scouting event in the world. 

They've also published a brief history of the 60 years of Jamboree on the Air as well as the Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016 that might provide ideas for your event this year. 

Online Scout Station Scheduling

Many 2016 JOTA station reports suggested they needed an online scheduling tool. It was available but under utilized. You can find it at 
Note the URL change from 2016. Thanks go to Dave Edwards, KD2E, and his extra effort to continue this system for 2017. Try it out.

Echolink Conference Nodes

For those of you using Echolink, there are now two conference nodes designated for Scout contacts. You're familiar with *JOTA-365* (node 480809). We also have *JAMBO* (node 832996). For further Scout frequency information including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP, go to

JOTA Station Reports

Icom America has once again this year donated an ID-51A Plus 2 to encourage stations to file their reports after Jamboreee on the Air. Everyone who files a report will have their names entered into the drawing. We'll open up the reporting system on JOTA weekend. For more information on filing your report, see JOTA Station Report Best Practices

Cub Scout Program Helps — JOTA

The BSA National Radio Scouting Committee has developed an early draft of Cub Scout Program Helps for Jamboree on the Air. See  Thanks to Christian Ingerslev, AB2SN for his work on this project. 

Boy Scout Troop Meeting Plan — Radio

The National Radio Scouting Committee has also developed a draft Troop Meeting Plan for Radio. You can find it at Thanks go once again to Christian Ingerslev, AB2SN.

JOTA Facebook Profile Picture Frame

Update your Facebook Profile Picture with the 2017 BSA Jamboree on the Air patch design. Go to and select the JOTA 2017 Boy Scouts of America picture frame. Thanks to Doug Cook, KX5DC.

K2BSA @ Jamboree

K2BSA had a successful 2017 Jamboree. Thanks to everyone who got on the air and provided QSOs for our Scouts. You can read the full report at K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Report. The highlights include nearly 2,500 Scouts introduced to amateur radio with roughly 1,400 contacts. 200 Scouts tried out ARDF-Foxhunting and 305 earned the Radio Merit Badge. BTW — Slide decks used in the training are available at Jamboree Radio Merit Badge

Radio Scouting Net

Chris Overbey, WA5DM, hosts a Radio Scouting Net on the second Thursday of every month. 9 PM Central on Echolink *JOTA-365* (480809). Check in and compare notes about your JOTA station and all Radio Scouting topics. We're getting a good turn out of experts, newbies, and everybody inbetween, sharing insights into what works and what doesn't work. Don't miss it.

New JOTA-JOTI Introduction Video

As part of our overall communication efforts, we've produced a short video introducing Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. It can serve as an excellent introduction for all Scouting audiences, from parents, to unit and district leaders, to planning roundtables. Use it as part of your efforts to line up Scouting events, like district and council camporees, with Jamboree on the Air.

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