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

JOTA-JOTI Necker / Scarf Available

World Scout Shops has announced the coming availability of a JOTA-JOTI adult scarf /necker. You can find the listing on their website at JOTA-JOTI Adult Scarf. They are currently taking pre-orders.

Sign Up — JOTA-JOTI 2018

Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet will soon be here. The third weekend in October, this year 19-21 October, will see an explosion of communication across the amateur radio airwaves and the Internet with over a million Scouts and Guides participating across 150+ countries.

Sign Up Benefits Everyone

So, who will be on for the weekend? The only way to know ahead of time is to sign up your location. Once you’ve signed up, the other locations around the world will know to look for you. Likewise, you’ll be able to see at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the other side of the Earth.

How Do I Sign Up?

Start at the 2018 JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page. Only one person needs to sign up for your location, which will be good for everyone who attends. Follow the links on the sign up page to enter the system.

What Information Will I Need?

Here’s the information needed to sign up:

  • Name of Group – This would be your Scout group.
  • Location – Your town or city.
  • Country – Your country.
  • WOSM or WAGGGS – Select one.
  • NSA – Select your national Scout or Guide association.
  • Call Sign – Enter the amateur radio call sign if you’re going to participate on amateur radio. This is optional.
  • JOTI.tv Nick – Enter your nick name on JOTI.tv. This is optional.
  • Skype – Enter your group’s name on Skype. This is optional.
  • IRC Nick Name – This is your nickname that you’ve registered on ScoutLink or another Internet chat service. This is optional.
  • Contact Person Name and Email – This is the contact person for your location.

That’s all the information you need. Click the “submit” button and you’ll be registered. You’ll also receive an email confirming your sign up. That email will contain a link you can follow to make any needed changes to your information.

Sign Up is Just the Starting Point

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be all set for JOTA-JOTI weekend. That’s where the fun starts.

But don’t stop there. You can also report on your activities after the event. Your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator will be in touch to collect your reports.

Your coordinator will be assembling the full report for all JOTA-JOTI locations in your country. Needed information includes:

  • Number of participants (Scouts and Guides)
  • Number of amateur radio operators
  • Number of visitors
  • Number of contacts and countries contacted
  • Communication channels used

They may also ask for some of your best photos and stories of your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Sign Up is Simple – Do It Now

It is simple and straightforward. So go to the JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page now and make it happen.

Note that the listing of registered locations will be published later. You’ll also receive your JamPuz ID later by email.

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.

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