Amateur Radio

photo: adult leader showing Scout how to use amateur radio

You will need the support of at least one licensed amateur radio operator or the support of a local amateur radio club if you want to use amateur radio for JOTA-JOTI. Radio amateurs are enthusiastic about their hobby and most of them will be willing to help you participate in the JOTA-JOTI.  If it is too late to arrange for amateur radio at your 2019 JOTA-JOTI event, why not invite someone from a local amateur radio club to visit your 2019 event in the hope of enlisting their support for 2020.

The national amateur radio organisation in your country will be able to give you the name and address of a radio amateur in your area.  You can find contact information for your national amateur radio organization on the website of the International Amateur Radio Union: www.iaru.org/member-societies.html Or, simply search online for information locally on Amateur Radio.

The radio operator may suggest that the Scouts visit their station during the JOTA-JOTI weekend, or that they bring their equipment to your local headquarters, or campsite. Often JOTA-JOTI radio stations have been set up in unusual locations such as at the top of a mountain or on a boat.

Radio amateurs have obtained a licence for their radio transmissions from the authorities in their country. They passed a technical examination to obtain this licence. License conditions vary from country to country. In some, Scouts may speak over the air themselves; in others, special permission can be obtained for the Scouts to speak over the radio themselves during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Where Scouts are not allowed to speak over the air, the licensed operator will have to make the contacts. If the operator is not a scout or leader, they will need a special briefing on Scouting and your group. The operator should be able to talk about Scouting in your local area and be able to have friendly and informative exchanges on behalf of the Scouts present. The Scouts can help to brief the operator and tell him the sort of things they would like to find out from other Scouts.

Be sure that any radio operator, or other external supporter, is aware of your safeguarding / child protection policies for your event.

Calling Frequencies

Band SSB (phone) CW (Morse Code)
80 metre 3.740* and 3.940 MHz 3.590 MHz
40 metre 7.090* and 7.270 MHz 7.030 MHz
20 metre 14.290 MHz 14.070 MHz
17 metre 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15 metre 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz
12 metre 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10 metre 28.390 MHz 28.190 MHz

* = Not authorised to transmit in the United States (Region 2), however, you may listen.

After establishing contact, the stations should move to a different frequency leaving the calling frequencies free for other stations.