JOTA Introduction

As the name suggests, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is way for guides and scouts around the world to meet by communicating over the radio waves, using amateur radio equipment, without the organisation and expense of travelling long distances.

The first JOTA was held in conjunction with 50th Anniversary of Scouting in 1957, after being devised by scout leader and amateur radio operator Les R Mitchell G3BHK.

Each year over the third full weekend in October, guides and scouts around the world use the various frequencies allocated to amateur radio operators, to exchange greetings and learn about each other. A international competition is held each year to design a JOTA blanket badge, which is available to all youth members participating in JOTA.


Amateur Radio (sometimes known has ham radio) is a popular hobby that brings people of all ages, electronics and communication together. Amateur radio provides communication across town, around the world, or even into space using modern radio equipment and digital communication modes.

Amateur radio operators are licensed by governments in over 100 countries world wide, after demonstrating a level of technical knowledge and operating competence.

What is Amateur Radio is a link, in the Useful Links menu, to videos which will give you good introduction to what amateur radio is all about.


Welcome to Jamboree On The Air - Australia. The purpose of this web site is to provide information about Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and assistance to those participating in JOTA, especially for the first time, to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Not sure where to start? In additional to some general information about JOTA on this Home page, a good place is to select the interest in JOTA that best suits yourself, from the menu above. The Main Menu, on the right hand side, provides links to specific JOTA information.

For guides and scouts there is information on how to become involved in JOTA, make contact with amateur radio operators in your area, activities at JOTA and badges that can be earned in addition to the JOTA blanket badge.

For amateur radio operators there is information on how to make contact with guide and scout groups in your area, hints and tips on setting up a JOTA station and making JOTA contacts, and additional activities during the JOTA weekend.

If you require additional information, please feel free to use the Contact Us link, and complete the Contact Form.

This web site has been prepared by amateur radio operator, Paul VK2GX, who has been involved in JOTA since the 1970s. This is not an official web site of any guide, scout or amateur radio organisation.

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