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://k2bsa.net/jota-station-report/. For guidelines on how to report try http://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.
EMT-P Tactical, BSIT, ASM T151, W3LNE
SCTF IMT, COMT
K2BSA Amateur Radio Association Vice President