To encourage guides and scouts to participate in Jamboree On The Air, the following suggestions and tips have been prepared, to help in achieving a successful JOTA experience for everyone.

  • Setting up and operating a JOTA radio station can be simple as a hand held radio or larger with a number of transceivers and antennas, depending on the number of youth members expected and the duration the JOTA station is operated. In any case early contact with local amateur radio operators or radio clubs is essential. For more information see the article "Making Contact With Amateur Radio Operators".
  • Don't be discouraged if you have you have approached amateur radio in the past and been declined. Try a fresh approach as circumstances may have changed. Ask amongst your fellow leaders or friends, you may be surprised to find an amateur radio operator.
  • A good JOTA experience is a result of good planning. Include JOTA in your activity schedule as soon as possible, as this will give youth members, leaders and amateur radio operators the best opportunity to prepare for a successful JOTA weekend.
  • Also don't be discouraged if your initial approach to the amateur radio community is not accepted at your first meeting. It takes time to establish a relationship and for operators to consider something new or different.
  • Having difficultly finding an amateur radio operator for your JOTA weekend, please use the "Contact Us" link in the Main Menu, and I will try and assist.
  • JOTA is a joint venture between amateur radio operators and guides / scouts. The role of radio operators is to set up, establish contact with other JOTA stations and ensure the station is operated in accordance with the appropriate licence regulations and conditions. The leaders role is to organise the event and supervise the youth members.
  • Amateur radio operators attending JOTA should obtain a Working With Children Check. Ensure the operators have applied for a WWCC. Operators must provide their WWCC details to leaders for verification, at least a month before the JOTA weekend.
  • Consider where you might setup the JOTA radio station, discuss with your amateur radio operator as some locations could be better suited to radio operations than others. Consider combining with other guide and scout groups in your area.
  • Offer to assist operators with setting up the JOTA radio station, and with meals and refreshments during the weekend.
  • Amateur radio operators are no longer old men in back yard sheds with valve radios, receiving signals not intelligible to youth members. Technology has changed over the last 60 years and will be surprised with the clarity of the new digital technology used by amateur radio operators today.
  • Discuss the extent of the amateur operator's commitment, as this will depend on the number of guides / scouts attending JOTA, over what period of time. A small group of say about 10, will probably be exhausted after an hour or two. Likewise a larger numbers should be split into smaller groups, and staggered over a few hours or both days.
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