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.

Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016

amateur-radio-roundtableTom Medlin, W5KUB, hosted Bill Stearns, NE4RD, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, on his September 20, 2016 Amateur Radio Roundtable Show. We spoke about the full sweep of amateur radio within Scouting. Tom hosts a great amateur radio television show every Tuesday evening.

You can see the video and download the slide deck at Amateur Radio Roundtable September 2016.

It’s Not Too Late To Put JOTA-JOTI On The Air This Year

If you’re like me you have had a crazy and busy summer and maybe your JOTA plans have been delayed. Here is the good news – it is not too late to put JOTA-JOTI on the air this year from your area. All it takes is 3 easy steps.

Join Or Start An Event



Check with your Council and District to see if there are any events planned where you can help. Check the JOTA-JOTI website for the world-wide and USA list of events at https://www.scout.org/scout-report/view/jj2016. If you can't find one, consider doing an event with just your Troop or ones that are close to you. It could be a one-day event or even just an afternoon.   You might also consider a camping trip and taking some radios with you. Check www.k2bsa.net for ideas and guidelines and tips. While you are on the site consider joining K2BSA. Even if it's just you, jump on the air and talk with Scouts around the world giving them contacts and time on the air.

Register and Get On The Air

Register your event at http://jotajoti.info/sign-up-for-jota-joti/. Consider checking into the Scout spotting cluster at http://www.pi4raz.nl/jotacluster/cluster.php and if you want to try to set up a scheduled contact check out http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=scouts. All modes and frequencies are available including digital and Internet based, http://www.scouting.org/jota/operators_guides.aspx. Also check out Facebook, Twitter and most other Social Media.

Add even more fun to your event by doing JamPuz http://jotajoti.info/jampuz/ or these activities http://jotajoti.info/activities/ . It will be a full moon so consider telescopes and maybe Google’s Sky Map app.

Report Your Activities

It doesn’t matter how big or small your event, don’t forget to file an After Action Report by completing your JOTA Station Report at http://www.k2bsa.net/jota-station-report/. For guidelines on how to report try http://www.k2bsa.net/jota-station-reports-best-practices/.   Every station that submits a JOTA Station Report will automatically be entered into a drawing sponsored by ICOM’s Ray Novak, N9JA. You will be in the running to win the grand prize, an Icom ID-51A Plus Ultraviolet HT. Icom America Ham Crew T-Shirt will go to five runners up. You will also receive a Reporting Certificate.

Don’t forget to have fun and be one of the 1 million who participate this year. Thanks for your support of Radio Scouting, it starts with you.

Don Kunst
EMT-P Tactical, BSIT, ASM T151, W3LNE
ShelterBox Ambassador
K2BSA Amateur Radio Association Vice President

K2BSA/KH6 Report

This past weekend, Evan Esaki, WH6ECG, activated the K2BSA call sign for his district camporee in Hawaii. Here's his report.

Sharing a short summary of our K2BSA/KH6 operations this weekend.  Today, the program schedule at this district camporee changed at the last minute for the 200-250 Scouts who were camped at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii.  The schedule changes meant that Scouts did not rotate through the many stations that adults and Scouts had prepared on Saturday morning, October 1.  All of our stations (Radio, fly fishing, first aid, fire starting, and more) were not used, even though we had arrived early and had our stations ready to go when expected.  While waiting for Scouts to visit the station on October 1, I was glad to make many contacts in the MidWest and East Coast through UHF DMR.
img_20161001_121455539In spite of the schedule changes, four Venture Crew members and their two adult Coaches did approach me to stay a bit longer and to run the K2BSA/KH6 radio station.  Each of the four Venture Crew members talked on the air with contacts from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Central New England, and Indiana.  Although I only had four Venture Crew members operating my station during my 6 hours of operation, these four young people (and their two parents/coaches) were all very interested in amateur radio.  The station made a significant impression on this Venture Crew unit, particularly as this group is focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  I reviewed the steps to get licensed in amateur radio, and the group seemed very interested in using the amateur radio study, testing, and licensing process as a future project for their group.
Attached is a photo of one of the members of Venture Crew 986 talking from Camporee at Bellows AFS, Hawaii via UHF DMR to Ian VA3IHX in Toronto, Canada, on October 1, 2016.

What I like about Evan's report is that he turned the lemons of missing out on some 200 Scouts participating in to the lemonade of generating interest in amateur radio for a Venturing Crew. He makes a difference in his council, his district, and his unit, bringing amateur radio to Scouting. Check out his QRZ.com page for photos of many of the Scouts that have a microphone or HT in their hands thanks to Evan, WH6ECG.