Amateur Radio Operators

Thank you for considering participating in Jamboree On The Air. In this section you can find a number of short articles, all designed to assist you on your journey, whether you are new to JOTA or have participated in years gone by.

If you need any additional information or assistance, you are most welcome to make use of the Contact Us link and I will do my best to reply as soon as possible.

Frequencies for JOTA operation have been allocated both internationally and in Australia, for traditional SSB and PSK31 modes of operation. New modes such as Echo Link, D-Star and DMR also provide an efficient and positive JOTA experience virtually on demand.

As with many things in life it's not always what you know, but who you know, that achieves results. Are there any guide or scout leaders amongst your friends, family or fellow amateur radio operators? Anyone you know have sons or daughters who are scout or guide youth members? Try to use these personal connections to make contact with local leaders, to pursue the idea of operating a JOTA station.

Echolink as a means of providing guides and scouts with an efficient and positive JOTA experience virtually on demand. Instead of struggling with establishing a long distance HF contact, especially when conditions are difficult or poor, Echo Link provides a clear contact over any distance to more than 150 countries world wide.

The safety of children in our society is important to everyone. Both guide and scout organisations have compulsory child protection policies and procedures. Most Australian state and territory government has introduced child protection legislation and implemented Working With Children Checks (WWCC).

The association between the scouting movement and amateur radio operators began over 60 years ago when scout leader and radio operator, Les R Mitchell G3BHK thought of the idea to use amateur radio to bring scouts around the world together, without the organisation and expense of travelling long distances. The first Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) was held in 1957.

To encourage amateur radio operators 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.

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