Jamboree On the Air (JOTA)
We are extremely excited to announce we are going to be taking part in the Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, the largest Scouting event in the world on Saturday, October 15th, 2022! Volunteers from the Southwest Louisiana Amateur Radio Operators will be leading the Jamboree!
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world! The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2017 JOTA-JOTI had over 1.5 million Scout participants from more than 160 countries. All Scouts who participate qualify for 2022 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) patch!