JOTA Alive And Doing Well, Although 2017 Participation Down from Last Year:
The ARRL Letter
November 30, 2017
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JOTA 'Alive And Doing Well,' Although 2017 Participation Down from Last Year:
Nearly 8,000 Scouts got on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air
http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota) over the third
weekend in October, National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said.
This week, Wilson released the 2017 JOTA report
https://www.k2bsa.net/jota-usa-reports/, which declared, "Radio
Scouting and Jamboree on the Air are alive and doing well."
Facilitating the October JOTA activity were more than 900 radio
amateurs at 525 stations.
"Propagation wasn't our friend, but, even so, [radio amateurs in]
almost 90 countries and all 50 states engaged in conversations with
Scouts during the weekend," Wilson said. "In addition to HF, VHF, and
UHF, many Amateur Radio digital modes were in use, as well as online
Jamboree on the Internet channels."
The tally for JOTA 2017 was 7,872 Scouts on the air, which, Wilson
pointed out, was down from the 10,761 who took part in JOTA 2016, but
more in line with 2015's participation. Reports were filed by 226 JOTA
"The Boy Scouts of America National Radio Scouting Committee will be
exploring several improvement projects for 2018," Wilson said. These
would include establishing a JOTA Frequency Task Force to explore
updated frequency listing and operating recommendations, looking into
new ways to alert participants in real time about other JOTA stations
that are on the air.
This young Boy Scout got on the air at a JOTA station hosted by the
Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (K4BFT)
The Radio Scouting Committee's work in 2017 resulted in the
introduction of new Radio Merit Badge requirements
https://www.k2bsa.net/radio-merit-badge-2/, which included a new
option for Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) -- or "foxhunting."
The panel also developed documents to help Scout leaders incorporate
radio and JOTA in their unit activities.
Wilson pointed out that the K2BSA operation at the 2017 National Scout
https://www.k2bsa.net/2017-jamboree-report/ in July
introduced Amateur Radio to nearly 2,500 Scouts, with 305 earning the
Radio Merit Badge.
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