Jamboree On The Air!
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JOTA fun begins in Osage, Iowa
Jamboree On The Air is the largest Scouting Event in the world!
In a typical year more than 1 million Scouts participate with over 11,000 stations operated by 20,000+ amateur radio operators in operation from 150+ countries around the world. Amateur radio operators from all over the world participate to teach Scouts and Scouters about radio and to assist them to contact their fellow Scouts and Guides by means of amateur radio. Each year as new Technology is added and things improve, other Amateur Radio Hobby Modes such as, VOIP-based Echolink, Digital Mobile Radio, System Fusion, and more. This provides the Scouts and Guides with a means of learning about fellow Scouts and Guides from around the world. they are also encouraged to send paper or electronic confirmations known as “QSL cards”, or “eQSLs” when they are sent electronically. In recent years, a parallel Jamboree on the internet (JOTI) has developed. It is an adjunct to the World Scout Jamboree.
When is it?
Jamboree on the Air is held annually the third full weekend in October.
October 15-17, 2021
October 14-16, 2022
October 20-22, 2023
JOTA starts Friday and ends Sunday, but there are no official hours of operation for the international event, so you have the whole weekend to make & receive JOTA radio contacts!
Tell Me More
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts, Alamo Scouts, Venture Scouts, and more, Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world!
The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2017 JOTA-JOTI had over 1.5 million Scout participants from more than 160 countries.
WHERE IS IT?
The 2021 JOTA Site
Hosted by ARES of NI & Northland Amateur Communications Group
is expected to be at the Milton Owen Nature Center & surrounding area.
18793 Highway 9, Osage, IA
Some Scouts and/or leaders hold licenses and have their own stations and choose to participate in JOTA from home.
There is also other Jamboree on the Air host sites by amateur radio clubs or scout councils all over the world! To find other sites, Contact your local Scout council or You can also contact a local ham radio operator or a local amateur radio club.