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.

  • Setting up and operating a JOTA radio station can be a big commitment for one person. Consider seeking assistance from other local operators or radio club.
  • Don't be discouraged if you have you have approached guides / scouts in the past and been declined. Try a fresh approach as circumstances may have changed.
  • Leaders plan the activity schedule weeks and months in advance, so make contact  with local guides / scouts as early as possible.
  • Also don't be discouraged if your offer is not accepted at your first meeting. It takes time to establish a relationship and for leaders to consider something new or different.
  • Some leaders may still have the impression that amateur radio operators are old men in back yard sheds with valve radios, receiving signals not intelligible to youth members. You may need to dispel that perception by talking about the clarity of the new digital technology used by amateur radio operators today.
  • Try to keep things simple and avoid too much technical jargon.
  • 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. Apply for the WWCC as soon as possible as the check can take some time to process.
  • The extent of the amateur operator's committment should depend on the number of guides / scouts attending JOTA, over what period of time. A small group of say about 10, will probabaly 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, so you are not overwhelmed.
  • Likewise consider what radio equipment would be appropriate. HF is great when conditions are favourable with strong, clear signals. FM is obviuosly a preffered mode provided there are other JOTA stations in ranch. Consider using Echo Link or other digital mode, as back up for local and DX contacts.
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