Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) reports that more than 2,500 have signed up to take part in the 2017 event over the October 20-22 weekend. This is the 60th JOTA, and there is still time to register.
For those getting on the air, a Scout Station Scheduling site is available, as is a Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) page to register your own station and arrange contacts.
Two Echolink conference nodes have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996).
More Scout frequency information, including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP, is available on the K2BSA website. JOTA organizers point out that these are only suggested frequencies. “Crowded conditions, including contests, will no doubt require that you move a few kilohertz up or down,” said JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND.
JOTA participating stations should take special care to avoid conflicting with any emergency response traffic activity under way in the Caribbean. In general, steer clear of any net traffic you might encounter.
A potential conflict exists between PSK and the new FT8 mode on 18.100 MHz, the frequency recommended for both modes. FT8 is the predominant activity at 18.1 MHz right now, and JOTA organizers suggest looking for PSK contacts on either side of 18.100.
“As always, a Scout is friendly and courteous,” Wilson said. “Follow the Scout Law as you navigate the Amateur Radio bands during JOTA-JOTI weekend.” JOTA organizers note that propagation during a sunspot minimum is not likely to be helpful while attempting to make Amateur Radio contacts around the world.
“That’s where Jamboree on the Internet can come in handy,” organizers say. “We recommend checking out everything that JOTI.tv is planning for the weekend.” The list includes a Skype address book for finding Scouts to connect with around the world, a JOTIcafe for video chats, the Digital Campfire, and JOTI.tv live television.
ScoutLink provides chat services and Minecraft.
Baofeng Pofung UV-6R Dual-Band Description: The UV-6R is a new design from Baofeng company in 2015 The UV-6R is using the newest firmware HDBF230 whi... Read more
PROJECT: CROSS BAND REPEATER WITH 2 BTECH MOBILES Read more
DX Records VHF /UHF / SHF Distance Records Claimed North American Distance Records as of June 4, 2014. List maintained by Al Ward, W5LUA. Send... Read more
Baofeng DM-5R Radioddity has updated the DM-5R listing with this cryptic note about Tier II support: “Support DMR repeater function (DMR Tier I;... Read more
The Yaesu FT DX 3000 – Building on the YAESU FT DX Heritage The FT DX 3000 is member of the long line of top performing YAESU FT DX Series of tr... Read more
Mountain Topper Tri-Bander Developed by Steve Weber KD1JV Designs FULLY ASSEMBLED – Manufactured by LNR Precision, Inc. A very small, very effi... Read more
PandwaRF is a RF analysis tool with a sub-1 GHz wireless transceiver controlled by a smartphone or a PC. Its purpose is to capture, display & tran... Read more
ICOM IC-DPR30 Smallest and lightest ever ※ 1 , built-in antenna, Bluetooth ® support. New release of the transceiver IC-DPR30 that can be used to styl... Read more
“I’m startin’ the year with a long overdue review of the QRPworks Sidekar. A super portable CW appliance built for the KX3. Oh yeah,... Read more
CHA P-LOOP 2.07.0-29.7 MHz The CHA P-LOOP 2.0 was designed with portability, ease of use simplicity, ruggedness and high performance in mind. U... Read more
LUITON LT-898UV Dual Band Mobile Main features: 1. Dual band: 136-174MHz/400-470MHz/245MHz (Receive only) ; 2. Dual Reception/Dual Display ; 3.... Read more
Yagi Antenna Frequency [Frequency]: 28, 24, 21, 18, 14 MHz Number of elements [Number of elements]: 4 Profit [Gain]: 9.5 – 9.0 dBd suppressio... Read more
Stealth 9310 antenna is a budget version within 9300-series Automatic Tuning Whip HF Mobile Antennas family designed for military and professional app... Read more
An easy to build antenna for seaside locations 17m and 15m versions were used at 9M0O DX-pedition in 2016 Some notes • Wire lengths R and D are... Read more
Inac Antenna AH-2054 antenna is a high performance halo. Supports a high level of radio frequency between 160 and 360W. It covers the HF bands higher,... Read more