The described activities here are meant to give new ideas to support the preparation and the carrying out of JOTA-JOTI local events. While the main JOTA-JOTI activity involves ham radio worldwide communications, these ideas can be used for complementary activities, to make the local event more varied and interesting, and to help scout/guide leaders to teach radio techniques and good communication practice. All the activities can be performed respecting common COVID safety rules. Basic COVID safety recommendations are specifically given for each activity. Scout/guide leaders must in any case get informed and respect the specific rules established by their own country.
These ideas are dedicated both to experienced radio operators and to scouts, guides and leaders who would like to learn more about radio communications.
The activities presented here are useful during the JOTA-JOTI, but they can also be proposed at any time of the year by scout and guides leaders to use radio techniques as effective pedagogical means for the scout education.
Most activities can be carried out without the need of a ham radio license. CB (Citizen band) and PMR (Personal Mobile Radio) transceivers (receiving and transmitting devices) do not require a license; a declaration of use and an annual tax may be required. Using receiving-only devices does not generally require any kind of authorization. Please verify the specific laws of your country before using radios. Consult the local state radiocommunication offices; you can also ask help from the Radioscouts of your scout/guide association or from your national radio amateur association.
For a more complete understanding of radio communications, in particular for the JOTA-JOTI, it is recommended to read the JOTA-JOTI Ham Radio Handbook.
Curious to discover the radio world? Let’s start!
Transmit in Morse from anywhere, with few simple materials...in perfect scout/guide style!
Some basic tips to start with “free use” transceivers (no amateur radio license is required).
The basics of two-way radio communication and of special codes.
Thanks to Zello, even with bad propagation or no radio at all, it is possible to teach and learn the operating practice of radio communications.
Your patrol was captured and you’ve been confined in separate cells. Will you still be able to communicate?
A very useful game to learn the NATO/ICAO alphabet or Morse code.
Radio communication and topography, together in an open air game to strengthen both the techniques.
An advanced hide-and-seek game, in which transceivers cannot be missing.
The dipole, one of most effective and simple antennas to build.
In the short waves it is possible to listen to broadcasting radio stations from countries with different languages and cultures. A good way to train hearing in reception but also to enrich or introduce multicultural activities as JOTA JOTI.
No game can be a real spy game without radios and awesome communication methods!
A funny way to refine radio communication practice and to learn more about the historical and cultural heritage of your country.
Scouts and Guides have just been teleported in an unknown world! All they have is a map, a compass… and a transceiver! Will they be able to meet again?
An intriguing activity to learn about the encoding and decoding of secret messages, and to get introduced to the mysterious world of radio espionage.
James can be only received from Anne, Anne only from Carlos, Carlos only from Philippe...will the message reach its destination?
The simplest radio receiver ever existed… and it does not use batteries!
Maybe the simplest transceiver ever invented in the world. A useful activity to learn the Morse code; the transceiver can be used with the Morse key described in a separate activity. An optimal solution for wonderful games, in the city as during a camp.
Prepare your radio shack and get ready to receive images from the International Space Station!
Don’t miss the chance to get in touch with the ISS astronauts!
To make a 3D printed morse manipulator, there are several steps to follow.
You need to print the plastic parts, and you need a bit of .5mm2 rigid electrical wire, wire cutters and flat pliers.
Beacon search is a technique widely used in the scientific field to find and study animals in their natural environment.
Searching for beacons is a technique widely used in science, to find and study the wildlife in their natural environment.
Whether it is from an old set of the “grandfather's receiver” type, from a more recent device or from the equipment of an amateur radio operator, listening to Short Waves (0-30Mhz) is the opportunity to open up to the world.
Let’s learn to know and decode the strangest and most complex messages that populate the radio waves!
The Coast Guards of all countries regularly send radio messages about navigation activities and dangers, weather forecasts, etc.. Let’s discover how to receive and interpret them.
Secret radio transmitters are hidden all over the place: will you be able to find them?
Word Search is a game composed of the letters of words formatted in a grid. The goal is to find and highlight all of the words hidden in the puzzle. The words may be placed diagonally, horizontally, vertically, or backwards. All of the hidden words can be found in a list alongside the grid. Each word from the list will become a "muted" state after it has been highlighted in the puzzle.
Word Searches are not only a great way to pass the time, but also provide a great exercise for keeping your brain fit. If you don´t know the meaning of one of the terms you are searching, google it, or research and learn even more about radio communication.