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Information for Amateur Radio Operators

Jamboree On The Air

 17-18 October 2015

The goals of Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet are to bring Scouts together wherever they are, foster communication between them, stimulate the free exchange of ideas, contribute to mutual confidence and respect, and create new friendships on a global scale. JOTA is not a contest.


The JOTA-JOTI Address is broadcast on the Saturday of JOTA-JOTI at 1300 local time for 10 minutes by various rebroadcasters on Amateur Radio frequencies throughout Australia. Test transmissions will commence at 1250 local time. The Address will conclude by 1310. Clubs requiring a copy of the opening address are asked to email the National Coordinator for the download.


Scouts Australia values the support provided by Amateur Radio Operators in assisting youth to participate in this annual international Scouting event. Operating as a volunteer under the invitation and direction of a Scout Group, you should receive full support in the manner of setting up, packing up, transporting equipment, refreshments, and acknowledgement. Your Scout Group must provide an Adult Leader at all times to supervise and assist youth participating in your station.


JOTA-JOTI usually commences at midnight Friday and runs through to midnight Sunday LOCAL TIME. You may participate in JOTA-JOTI at the direction of your Scout Group for all or part of the weekend including Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Be aware that there is little activity until after midday Saturday by which time JOTA activity has started in a number of other countries.


Scouts Australia recommends the use of Echolink as a means of providing Youth Members with an efficient and positive JOTA experience on demand. Echolink is a free download from for Amateur operators whereby all or part of the contact is made by voice over the internet. Make it easy for other JOTA stations to contact you by inserting the word JOTA in capitals followed by your location as your Location/Description. For other Radio Scouting activities use the word SCOUT followed by your location.


IRLP, like Echolink, provides a means of reliable contact for Scouts, and is especially useful for working your way through groups of smaller children. Information on node numbers is at


During your planning, consider suggesting to the Scout Leaders that digital modes such as PSK31 and SSTV will prove interesting to Scouts and often perform well at times when voice communication is difficult. The modes are fun to use, and provide a bridge between familiar territory (the computer) and the radio.


The Yahoo! group is very active in the month leading up to JOTA-JOTI. By subscribing to the group you can promote your own activity and find out when, where, and how to contact other JOTA stations.


Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

World CW calling frequencies: (Updated from 1 July 2007)
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies: (Updated from 1 July 2007)
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360, 24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31


Visit WOSM JOTA website for more comprehensive information on JOTA.

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