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Update from Trusted Partner Service Kring JOTA-JOTI

JOTA-JOTI is coming soon. We want to give you a status of our product sales of this moment.

The orders come in daily with big quantities. The last moment to order where you may count on receiving your products before the JOTA-JOTI is also quickly approaching.

The last day to order and pay your requested products is October 13. Later orders will be handled after JOTA-JOTI because our team is then also busy packing to prepare for their own JOTA-JOTI 2018.

At the moment already one product is completely sold out and that is the SPACE CRUISER.

The Badge will also be sold out very soon. Nametapes and the main kit for this year being the Claplight are available in large enough quantities so there will surely be material enough to expand your JOTA-JOTI with these nice kits. So order NOW please, and process payment before October 13.

Then we want to remind you all that many  solder kits are available throughout the whole year so any day could be a nice day to have a technology program with your Scouts of all ages.

All comments, suggestions, and ideas are always welcome on info@kitbuilding.org

Do have a nice JOTA-JOTI.

Service Kring JOTA-JOTI

Clean Your Cameras — JOTI.tv is Ready for JOTA-JOTI 2018

www.joti.tv is the JOTA-JOTI website to meet other Scouts from around the world. JOTI.tv together with ScoutLink, JOTI Radio and Service Kring is a trusted partner of JOTA-JOTI.

JOTI.tv offers Scouts three ways of communication through video and images. JOTIcafe, Digital Campfire and the Skype Address book.

The JOTIcafe is completely renewed, with a few clicks you can get in contact with Scouts around the world. Just like in a real café the JOTIcafe is a place to meet and have conversations though video calls. Show other scouts your club home, troop building, play a game of charades or explain the badges on your uniform.

What can’t be missed is the Digital Campfire. Super simple and easy to join and fun to see how many Scouts are online during JOTA-JOTI. Already hundreds of Scouts have added their photo to the Digital Campfire. The Digital Campfire is a great way to share your group, JOTA station, club home, troop building or other place to the rest of the world. What you need is a computer and a webcam, connect the Digital Campfire and let it run the whole weekend! Find it at https://www.joti.tv/digitalcampfire/

And of course the Skype Address book! A list of all Skype connected scouts organized by country. Also, if you like, you can join the JOTA-JOTI 2018 Skype group and use Skype for calling other scouts. For more information and to add your Skype address, go to https://www.joti.tv/portal/

JOTI.tv, we let you see JOTI”

2018 JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partners

For 2018 the World JOTA-JOTI Team has expanded the Trusted Partner program, adding Service Kring and their line of electronic kits for use with Scouts during JOTA-JOTI. Also continuing with Trusted Partner status are JOTI Radio, JOTI.tv and ScoutLink.

As our new Trusted Partner says: “ The Service Circle JOTA-JOTI brings products and services on the market to support the JOTA-JOTI organization of Scouting Netherlands on a NON-PROFIT basis. With our products, scouts can get acquainted with technology and JOTA-JOTI”.

Please welcome our full list of 2018 Trusted Partners and consider them for your JOTA-JOTI weekend, 19 to 21 October 2018.

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!

73

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.

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