J.O.T.A. stands for Jamboree On The Air. It was the brain child of Les
Mitchell G3BHK, a UK scout leader at an International Jamboree in England.
He was operating an amateur radio station for the jamboree and wanted to
offer a regular reunion for scouts around the world via amateur radio. JOTA
traditionally takes place over the 3rd full weekend in October each year.
This year will be the 42nd annual event and will take place over 16th and
There will be hundreds of British scout stations operating for JOTA using
GB prefix callsigns. JOTA is NOT a contest. To participate all you need to
do is to get some scouts together to share in the event and then call CQ
JOTA on the short wave bands or answer CQ JOTA calls from other scout
JOTI on the other hand is Jamboree on the Internet and it is held the same
weekend as JOTA. It has been running for 5 or 6 years now and I haven't a
clue who thought it up. :-) There are plenty of scout web sites which give
details of JOTA and JOTI activity. The main one is probably the one run by
the World Scout Bureau in Geneve. More details of JOTA and JOTI are
available from Scoutbase UK - see my tag line below.
David Hutchinson GI4FUM/EI4DJ
Assistant District Commissioner(venture scouts)Antrim & Dist
Assistant County Commissioner(activities)County Antrim
Northern Ireland Scout Council
Northern Ireland Scout home page
Grand National Archery Society home page
Writing at 08:22:23 on 01/10/1999