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Why the WARC Bands are Great for JOTA-JOTI

Almost every weekend there is a radio amateur contest somewhere in the world. Because of the nature of radio waves these contacts can be heard also outside of that particular country. Even during third the weekend of October there is one very big contest organized by the German radio amateur’s league (DARC’s Worked All Germany Contest). In the past this has been a problem for those stations participating in JOTA-JOTI, but luckily and with good relations with the organizing party (DARC) scouts have been heard and DARC has made an enormous effort to make this weekend go smoothly for both; for the contesters as well as for the scouts.

In addition to using “contest free frequencies” there is also another option, namely WARC bands. The WARC bands are three portions of the shortwave radio spectrum used by amateur radio operators. They consist of 30 meters, 17 meters and 12 meters wavelength. Due to their relatively small bandwidth of 100 kHz or less, there is a gentlemen’s agreement that the WARC bands may not be used for general contesting. This agreement has been codified in official recommendations, which states that contest activity shall not take place on the 30, 17 and 12 meter bands.

Non-contesting radio amateurs are recommended to use the contest-free HF bands (30, 17 and 12m) during the largest international contests. You can find a full listing of recommended Scout calling frequencies at JOTA Rules. Note that these are calling frequencies. It’s recommended that you move off the calling frequencies to conduct your contact. This allows others to use the calling frequencies.

This year during JOTA-JOTI think also about using WARC bands for your radio contacts, not only those more busy bands!


Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG

World JOTA-JOTI Team

Introducing the National JOTA-JOTI Ambassador


JOTA-JOTI is a weekend event held on the third weekend of October annually and for the last 60 years where Scouts and Guides across the world connect with each other using the airwaves and the internet.

The World JOTA-JOTI Team considered avenues to support greater involvement of young people in the JOTA-JOTI weekend, to achieve a target of 3 million registered attendees involved by 2021 and available to as many young people as possible throughout the world. In 2017 about 1.5 million participants were involved from 152 countries.  Areas considered as future priority work are:

  • increasing participation by NSOs and youth members;
  • creating innovative and immersive educational experiences;
  • increasing communication and partnerships;
  • keeping the technical infrastructure current.

One implementation to achieve those targets is having ambassadors in NSO’s to promote and support the JOTA-JOTI event and grow it along with the growth targets of each NSO.

Purpose of the ambassador role

To promote the JOTA-JOTI event, encourage participation, support participants and grow the event in the NSO.

Role description

Expected activities:

The National JOTA-JOTI Ambassadors (NJA’s) will

  • Represent the WJJT in their country.
  • Significantly increase participation in JOTA-JOTI with an agreed percentage each year, in line with the growth target of their NSO.
  • Have a focus on event promotion.
  • Assist with the dissemination of information.
  • Promote JOTA-JOTI at national conferences, decision making assemblies, and other relevant national events.
  • Set up a youth-member promotion team to assist them in making JOTA-JOTI available to as many young people as possible.
  • Ensure programme quality and consider how JOTA-JOTI can be used to achieve elements of the Scout training programme. Introduce e.g. a reward scheme.
  • Liaise with the national amateur radio body with the aim of increasing access to licensed amateur radio operators to assist with local JOTA-JOTI events.
  • Annually draft the National JOTA-JOTI Story to tell about the event and show progress. Submit to the World JOTA-JOTI Team for inclusion in the World JOTA-JOTI Report.

Expected position, skills and experience:

The National JOTA-JOTI Ambassadors (NJA’s)

  • Are the single point of contact for the WJJT in their country.
  • Are part of the JOTA-JOTI ambassador circle.
  • Have a direct entry into or are part of the national educational methods committee and / or national governing board.
  • Have well-developed oral and written communication skills in their own language and English.
  • Embrace information technology and social media.
  • Can spread enthusiasm to youth members and are well-organized.
  • Have a passion for, and understanding of, international Scouting.
  • Have helpful experience of taking part in JOTA-JOTI.

Role introduction in the field

The world JOTA-JOTI team foresees the introduction of the Ambassador role during the course of 2018. With the intended completion before mid 2019.

At this point in time, we are asking the International Commissioners of each National Scout Organization, together with their National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator, to review the role as described above and suggest possible candidates to the world JOTA-JOTI team.

2018 JOTA-JOTI Theme

Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

In 2008 the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) launched the World Scout Environment Programme. Since that time Scouts across the world have completed thousands of environment related projects and earned the World Scout Environment Badge.

Ten years later, at the 9th session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, WOSM and UN Environment renewed their partnership. WOSM’s Secretary General, Ahmed Alhendawi stated:

World Scouting’s focus on the environment not only reflects the Movement’s own values and its goal of creating active citizens, but also its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthening our World Scout Environment Programme to create a bigger impact.

That commitment was also a focus at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku in August 2017. Isabelle Deufresne Lienar, National Youth Coordinator from Canada, said:

SDGs are intrinsically linked to all the values of Scouting, maybe the mission, the promise, maybe the things we say everyday, what we do – Creating a better world! A better world is a world where the SDGs are attained. So, if we want to contribute to that, we already have the end of the equation, we just have to create everything before the equation that needs to be there in order to create a better world.

Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

With the background above and WOSM’s enduring commitment it is only natural that Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet, the world’s largest Scouting event, would focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and support the movement to build global citizens.

Whilst JOTA-JOTI is primarily a weekend conversation between Scouts, the activities and projects initiated during that weekend, can launch on-going efforts and serve to develop all aspects for global citizenship among Scouts.

JOTA-JOTI 2018 Theme

The JOTA-JOTI selected theme for 2018 is Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15. It is defined as: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

We are now starting to develop activities for JOTA-JOTI weekend that support this theme. We welcome your participation and contributions.

To get you started in the right direction, we’ve identified the following online resources that may prove helpful in your efforts.

JOTA-JOTI Activities Submission

Forward your Suggested JOTA-JOTI activities to

For this year’s activities, the deadline is 1 September 2018.


JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide 2018

We’ve updated the JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide for 2018. You can find it at JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide on this website. Or click on the cover image nearby.

We’ve also updated the JOTA-JOTI Purpose Statement and the JOTA-JOTI Description. This was one of the first steps outlined in our action plan to increase participation to 3 million by 2021. That action plan was developed in our workshop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. You can read about the workshop at JOTA-JOTI on to the next level.

Here’s our updated Purpose Statement and Description:


Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is a fun and exciting annual experience for all young people in Scouting using the widest range of technology communication channels to educate, promote cultural awareness, develop tolerance, as well as enhance sharing, collaboration and teamwork, along with building a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement. It is a “travel-free” Jamboree that takes place wherever you are in the world.

JOTA-JOTI Description

Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet promotes a Scout’s sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement and builds cultural awareness, develops tolerance, advocates sharing and collaboration as well as demonstrates teamwork.

It provides exciting opportunities for young people to explore technology and to develop technical skills including fostering innovation and creativity through communicating with other Scouts. A wide range of activities using communication technology are the chief methods of attaining these goals.

JOTA-JOTI strives for a meaningful engagement of as many young people from as many parts of the world as possible annually on the third weekend in October. This weekend is also an occasion to celebrate Scouting and to generate positive energy to support the development of the Scout Movement.

The event seeks to promote quality Scouting in a manner faithful to the purpose, principles and method of Scouting and consistent with the needs and aspirations of young people in today’s world.

The JOTA-JOTI programme shall be a reflection of the Promise, Law, Principles and Method of Scouting, as defined by the WOSM Constitution, and shall also reflect the most up-to-date policies and initiatives of WOSM relating to youth programme for all ages.

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