Jamboree On The Air 2021

Even though Jamboree On The Air does not look the same as in the past, youth members can still attend a virtual JOTA amateur radio station, using a video conferencing facility. Guides and Scouts can still ask questions or send messages to others, using the magic of amateur radio. JOTA operators will pass on the messages to other JOTA stations, and you can hear the replies, just as if you were attending a JOTA radio station in person. To participate, leaders should register at https://events.greaterwestscouts.com.au/event/465 More than one youth member can be included on the same registration. This event is open to both guides and scouts, who would then be eligible to receive a JOTA 2021 badge.

In some states of Australia, public health orders mean guides and scouts are not able to participate in face to face activities. Unless there is an amateur radio operator in their household, making an "on air" radio contact with other guides and scouts will not be possible over the 2021 JOTA weekend.

Alternatively, guides and scouts can participate in a range of radio and communication related activities which can be be undertaken by an individual youth member or in a group with the assistance of an on line audio / visual conference facility, such as Zoom.

Youth members can delve into sending messages using semaphore flags and Morse code, air craft spotting with a difference, play battle ships with a twist, chat over a piece of string, search for distant radio stations, and much more.

Over 10 different activities are described in the JOTA 2021 Activities booklet, with varying degree of difficulty, something for everyone. Youth members can challenge others in their group to achieve the best score.

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