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JOTA ! - Promoting Amateur Radio in the community and to youth

From: Peter ELLIS@DAO on 09/24/98 09:38 AM

To:   amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject:  JOTA ! - Promoting Amateur Radio in the community and to youth

So we want to:
(1) involve young people in our hobby?
(2) justify public support for our private activities, especially when the
anti-Tower people sniff at our plans.
(3) promote Amateur Radio?
[[See my experiences of promoting AR at <
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/5796/media1.htm >]]

Try this for size:
JOTA - Jamboree On The Air
JOTI - Jamboree On The Internet

:-) Who will be getting along to their local Scout hall and/or offering to
have Scouts at their station to operate through satellites?

:-) Who will be paying more attention to recent posts about operating
through the satellites MOBILE?(or from the Scout hall?)


JOTA is the largest annual event in the International Scouting calendar and
one of the biggest events in the Amareur Radio calendar. Last year, more
than 500,000 Scouts operating from some 10,300 stations in 110 countries
around the world took part in JOTA!

It is held over the third full weekend of October each year:
this year it is 17 & 18 October.
Officially, it runs from 0001 local on the Saturday until 2359 local on the
Sunday, but many stations opoerate from the Friday night.

For the second year, JOTA will share the third weekend with the new
international event, JOTI, seen as complementing JOTA by also using
available technology to enable Scouts and Guides around the world to
communicate with each other.

JOTA is conducted in all authorised AR modes on all authorised AR
frequencies. There are posted HF calling frequencies, but operators are
then to move to working frequencies. [This approach may not work for
satellite operation!]

JOTI and JOTA's main info site is < http://www.scout.org/joti >
[[This has JOTA down the navigation bar! ]]

Advice to Scouts and their leaders on "how to proceed", is:
a) visit an amateur radio station with your Scout group or invite a radio
amateur to install his station in your Scout building;
b) call "CQ Jamboree" or answer Scout stations calling to establish a
c) all radio stations must strictly observe the national amateur radio
d) any authorized frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations
use the agreed World Scout Frequencies or frequencies close by
to find each other.

Band                 SSB(phone)                                 CW(morse)
 80 m                 3.740 & 3.940MHz                           3.590 MHz
 40 m                 7.090 MHz                                  7.030 MHz
 20 m                14.290 MHz                                 14.070 MHz
 17 m                18.140 MHz                                 18.080 MHz
 15 m                21.360 MHz                                 21.140 MHz
 12 m                24.960 MHz                                 24.910 MHz
 10 m                28.990 MHz                                 28.190 MHz
[[and Satellite operators can infer likely frequencies in each band from
the numbers above.]]

[[Info for this message taken from an article in Radio and Communications
magazine (Australia), OCT 98, written by Harvey Lennon VK7KSM, National
JOTA Co-ordinator, Scouts Australia.]]

It's the fourth weekend from now...
and a lifetime of interest in Amateur Radio for some people, wneh we grab
their interest.

     _  .      Peter R. Ellis, Amateur Radio Op. VK1KEP
   _-' |_|\         at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  /        \        email: peter.ellis@dao.defence.gov.au
  \_.--._ C/        Director,
         \/         RNARS Australia #1528 (see also http://come.to/rnars/)
          v         Custodian for club station VK1RAN
Grid: QF44mq
VK1KEP:   http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/5796/vk1kep.htm
Mine:          http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/5796/pre-pers.htm

?club?:    http://www.vk1.wia.ampr.org/

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