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Jamboree On The Air 2010
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Below is a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions to help Scouts, Scout Leaders, Parents and Amateur Radio Operators get answers and plan for fun in the sun in West Texas at the Jamboree On The Air event. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email it to the JOTA Team at jotateam(at-symbol)kd5mhm.org


  1. What exactly is Jamboree On The Air 2010?
  2. Your web page claims it is the biggest Scouting event in the Universe. How big is it really?
  3. How long has the Jamboree On The Air event been going?
  4. When is Jamboree On The Air 2010?
  5. How do Scouts take part in the Jamboree on the Air 2010 (JOTA 2010)?
  6. What is the proper Registration process?
  7. How much does it cost to participate in Jamboree On The Air 2010?
  8. When do I have to register by?
  9. Can I get get the registration form via download or email?
  10. Why is the JOTA patch so special?
  11. Who is coordinating Jamboree On The Air for the Buffalo Trail Council?
  12. What is a JOTA "Contact"?
  13. Can I get get the faq via email?
  14. What is the J-Code Experiment?
  15. What Radio Licensing regulations apply to JOTA?
  16. What are some Radio Call Signs of Scout stations around the world?
  17. Are there any special Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents?
  18. Why should you consider taking the youth protection course?
  19. I'm willing to take the Youth Protection training and get a certificate. What steps to I take now?
  20. I'm a Parent, and I'm here. What should I do next?
  21. I'm a Scout Leader, and I'm here. What should I do next?
  22. I'm an Amateur Radio Operator, and I'm here. What should I do next?
  23. Can I get a "JOTA Demonstration" for my Pack or Troop meeting?

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1. What exactly is Jamboree On The Air 2010?
JOTA is an annual Scouting event where Scouts make contacts with other Scouts around the world using the support of their local Amateur Radio community.

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2. Your web page claims it is the biggest Scouting event in the Universe. How big is it really?
Jamboree On The Air had over 500,000 participants in 2009. That is estimated to be 10 times bigger than the US National Jamboree and more than 20 times bigger than a World Jamboree. Truly an international, global event, participation includes Scouts from every corner of the planet Earth. If we're lucky, the Astronauts on the International Space Station might participate, making JOTA truly from the depths of outer space.

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3. How long has the Jamboree On The Air event been going?
Jamboree On The Air has been a Scouting event for over 50 years running. This is the 53rd year of JOTA.

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4. When is Jamboree On The Air 2010?
Jamboree Begins on Saturday October 16th at 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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5. How do Scouts take part in the Jamboree on the Air 2010 (JOTA 2010)?
DON'T WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE!!! BE PREPARED! Due in part to the 100-year anniversary of Scouting in America, the Buffalo Trail Council leadership has appointed a District Executive, Adrian Garcia, to actively organize and promote JOTA 2010 throughout the council's area in West Texas. Adrian has organized a team of Scout leaders that are also licensed Amateur Radio Operators to assist him with these preparations.

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6. What is the proper Registration process?
Please download, print and fill out the registration form and bring to your local scout office with the correct payment for any patches desired.
Abell Scout Service Center
1101 W. Texas Ave
Midland, TX 79707

Odessa Satellite Location
204 North Grant
Odessa, TX

Big Spring Satellite Location
610 S. Scurry
Big Spring, TX


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7. How much does it cost to participate in Jamboree On The Air 2010?
There is no cost to join in the fun of JOTA 2010. However, it is strongly recommended to consider purchasing a JOTA patch for all participants in your group. JOTA patches can be earned by everyone - Scouts, parents, Scout leaders, Amateur Radio Operators, friends, brothers and sisters - in shourt, everyone that makes one or more JOTA contacts can get order a patch. For those participating these are normally purchased in advance, using the registration form. There is a limited number of patches each year, so order early.

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8. When do I have to register by?
Early registration is currently until September 17th, 2010. Late registration is after September 17th does not guarantee a reserved time or an available patch.

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9. Can I get get the registration form via download or email?
A printable copy of the registration for is available both on our download page and also automatically by sending an email to: jotaform(at-symbol)kd5mhm.org

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10. Why is the JOTA patch so special?
Each year the patch is selected by a competition of designs submitted by children. It is always unique each year.

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11. Who is coordinating Jamboree On The Air for the Buffalo Trail Council?
Adrian Garcia (Chaparral District Executive) has organized a team of Scout leaders that are also licensed Amateur Radio Operators to assist him with these preparations. Adrian and his team are coordinating the event to provide easy registration for individuals and groups to help assure that all Scouts and their family and friends have an opportunity to participate. Registration is accomplished using the form provided on the back of the flyer or by receiving it automatically via an email to jotaform@kd5mhm.org. Additionally, it can be downloaded from the support pages at the website, http://kd5mhm.org.

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12. What is a JOTA "Contact"?
Amateur Radio Operators talk with other operators by radio every day. During special radio events such as JOTA, these brief conversations are called a "contact", or more accurately, a QSO (a radio Q-Code term). Typically, radio operators exchange a "QSL card" (special post-card) to confirm the contact. For example, when making a QSO with astronauts on the International Space Station, it would be very desirable to get that QSO confirmed. JOTA contacts are often logged on a QSO log sheet that a Scout keeps as a record of their contacts. Often the first contact is also entered on a special JOTA QSL card as well, for the Scout's records for each year of participation.

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13. Can I get get the faq via email?
The most up-to-date FAQ is available automatically by sending an email to this email address: jotafaq(at-symbol)kd5mhm.org

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14. What is the J-Code Experiment?
The J-Code aims to allow making basic contacts between Scouts that have no language in common, allowing contacts between Scouts that would otherwise be unable to communicate. It is similar to the Amateur Radio Operator's Q-Code in use for many years and is a fun method of communication. Scouts often learn and practice J-Code communications before JOTA begins so they are familiar with the code when they use it on the air. Learn more about J-Code (download the .PDF document in your favorite language) on our Downloads page.

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15. What Radio Licensing regulations apply to JOTA?
Amateur Radio Operators have obtained a license for their radio transmissions from the authorities in their country. They passed a technical examination to obtain this license. License conditions vary from country to country. In most countries, Scouts may speak over the air themselves; in others, special permission can be obtained for the Scouts to speak over the radio themselves during the JOTA weekend. Where Scouts are not allowed to speak over the air, the licensed operator will have to make the contacts. If the operator is not a scout or leader, he will need a special briefing on Scouting and your group. The operator should be able to talk about Scouting in your local area and be able to have friendly and informative exchanges on behalf of the Scouts present. The Scouts can help to brief the operator and tell him the sort of things they would like to find out from other Scouts.

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16. What are some Radio Call Signs of Scout stations around the world?
Each licensed amateur radio station has a registration number, a Call Sign. The first one or two letters are specific to a country. Here are a few Call Signs of well-known Scout stations that can often be contacted:
HB9S World Scout Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland
K2BSA Boy Scouts of America, National Office, Dallas, USA
JA1YSS Boy Scouts of Japan, National Office, Tokyo, Japan
PA6JAM Scouting Nederland, National station, Leusden, Netherlands
5Z4KSA Boy Scouts of Kenya, Paxtu station, Nyeri, Kenya
VK1BP Scout Association of Australia, National station, Canberra, Australia
GB2GP Scout Association, Gilwell Park, London, United Kingdom


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17. Are there any special Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents?
1. Send in your registration forms as soon as possible to get a time scheduled for your attendance. It takes a little time to make contacts, so perhaps allow a few minutes for each participant.
2. Be prompt at your appointed time.
3. Have the Scout(s) become familiar with the Scout J-Code, this helps conquer language barriers and allows better information exchange among Scouts worldwide.
4. Amateur Radio Operators participating in Jamboree on the Air are not baby-sitters so parents and Scout leaders should plan to be present the entire time their Scout(s) are "working those DX contacts".
5. Scout leaders and parents are strongly encouraged to try to make a contact also. Sometimes if a parent or leader tries first, Scouts are more prone to give it a good try as well. (Leadership by example!)


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18. Why should you consider taking the youth protection course?
Youth Protection training is beneficial for any adults working with children. It will teach you why the Boy Scout program is designed to help kids physically and emotionally be prepared. The training program is available to all adults - you do not have to be a registered Scouter or Scout Leader to benefit from the Youth Protection training. The Scouts that you work with will also benefit from your training.

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19. I'm willing to take the Youth Protection training and get a certificate. What steps to I take now?
Go to https://myscouting.scouting.org and create an account. Once your account is created, go to the e-learning tab and take the Youth Protection Training course . It typically takes 20-30 min to complete, then print the certificate and bring with you to JOTA.

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20. I'm a Parent, and I'm here. What should I do next?
First thing to do is talk to your unit leadership to make them aware of the event and plan to go as a unit. Offer to assist with transportation to and from the JOTA location. If your unit will not be participating, you can register as an individual and join in on the fun with your family. Review safe scouting and consider taking the Youth Protection Training at https://myscouting.scouting.org Once we receive your registration, we will email you with a confirmation.

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21. I'm a Scout Leader, and I'm here. What should I do next?
Talk to your Pack or Troop about participating as a unit.
If your pack or troop is not willing to attend, consider having your den or patrol leaders sign up to participate as a group.
Once we receive your registration, we will email you with a confirmation.


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22. I'm an Amateur Radio Operator, and I'm here. What should I do next?
If you are a member of a club, talk to your club leadership, and work from your club.
If you are not part of a club but still want to participate, contact JOTATEAM@kd5mhm.org for further guidance.
Review safe scouting and consider taking the Youth Protection Training at https://myscouting.scouting.org
Ask the JOTA team about how to order patches for your participants.


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23. Can I get a "JOTA Demonstration" for my Pack or Troop meeting?
Yes, time permitting. A demonstration can be arranged through the JOTA Team. The Team can work out the details with you and fellow hams in your area as needed. A demonstration takes about 15 or 20 minutes and appropriate time should be scheduled into your meeting.

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