HamRadioNow Discusses Amateur Radio and Scouting

Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, interviews David Goldenberg, W0DHG, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, about amateur radio and Scouting. Check it out.

January 2017 Newsletter Published

The January 2017 JOTA and Radio Scouting Newsletter has been published. The big news in the introduction of new Radio Merit Badge Requirements, including the new option of ARDF-Foxhunting.

You can find the newsletter at http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=56ce1526bb2372707f5868e21&id=beb7702fab&e=2d792c1bb4

USA JOTA 2016 Flash Numbers

Thanks to everyone who filed their Jamboree on the Air station report. After sifting through the reports and eliminating a few duplicates along with reports from countries outside the USA, we've compiled the early flash numbers. The great news is that there have been some excellent increases in participation. See the nearby graphic for the key numbers.


We've also conducted a drawing for the prizes that Icom America generously donated to generate enthusiasm for station reporting. It worked! The happy prize winners have been notified. WA4OTD was the grand prize winner and will receive an Icom ID-51A Plus.

We used RandomPicker to do the drawing. You can see the full results at https://www.randompicker.com/protocol/365499x23971

Next Steps

The next steps are to do further analysis and finalize the report for full publication. We'll be sifting through the written reports and suggestions, finding memorable quotes and photos/videos, as well as searching for other insight. We know for starters that there was far more interest this year in JOTA-JOTI from Scout leaders and parents based on the new 2016 Arrow of Light award requirement.

Thanks again to everyone who got on the air, shared the fun, technology, and magic of amateur radio with Scouts, and filed their report. Stay tuned for the full report later this month.

73, Jim Wilson, K5ND


Time to File Your JOTA Station Report

Please Complete Your Jamboree on the Air Station Report

Your information will be compiled into the USA JOTA-JOTI report and filed with the World Organization of the Scout Movement for their overall JOTA-JOTI report.

If you participated in both JOTA and JOTI, you can file your report here as a consolidated report for your location. If you only participated in JOTI, you can find the report form at http://www.scouting.org/joti/EventReport.aspx

If you don't have exact numbers for some of the information, you can use your best judgement to provide an estimate. Once you press the "submit" button, you'll receive a confirmation email along with a link to download the JOTA 2016 Certificate.

You can find the report form at http://www.k2bsa.net/jota-station-report/

Thanks for all your hard work bringing amateur radio and international perspective to Scouts.