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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!

73

Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG

World JOTA-JOTI Team

Amateur Radio from the USA National Scout Jamboree

As we noted in our post Radio-active this season, there are many national Scout camps on the air this summer. One of those is K2BSA from the USA National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. They will be on the air from 19 to 27 July.

You can see the frequencies, modes, and planned operations at Amateur Radio—Live From the Jamboree.

They also plan to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon on 20 July. You can learn more about the launch and find links to track the balloon at Jamboree Balloon Tracking. Please note that the links presently shown on that page will not be active until the balloon launches.

You can follow updates during the Jamboree on their social media pages: Facebook and Twitter.

RoverWay 2016 on the Air from Jambville France

rovHello everyone from RoverWay 2016, a gathering of 5,000 rovers in Jambville, France.

There will be Scouts on the air and online thanks to Radioscoutisme Français, so please join us!

Our call ID is TM16RW. The frequencies are:
7090 kHz
14290 kHz

Operators will be transmitting most of the time until august 14. However, the best times will be when we’ll have participants around:

August 8, Monday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 9, Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 11, Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 12, Friday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)

Please be on the air and listening on our frequencies so they’ll have a chance to talk with other scouts!

The QSL manager will be F8WBE, via Bureau.

On the same days we’ll have participants online on scoutlink on the channels #francais, #english (and maybe others).

Gino Lucrezi

Les Mitchell, G3BHK, inducted into CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

CQ Magazine has announced its 2016 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductees which includes the following entry:

Les Mitchell, G3BHK (SK): Founder of Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), annual event to introduce Amateur Radio to scouts and guides around the world.

SK stands for silent key. You can also learn more about G3BHK and the founding of Jamboree on the Air at the Radio Scouting UK website.

 

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