Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), the world’s largest gathering of scouts and scouters, will take place next weekend, October 20-21. It’s estimated more than 750,000 scouts will get on the air at some time during the weekend and experience amateur radio, perhaps for the first time.
West Gulf Division has issued a challenge to individuals, clubs and other groups to set up a Field Day type station in each of the 24 BSA Councils in the Division and to invite local scouts to visit and try their hand at communicating. For details, visit the Division’s “Radio Scouting” page at http://arrlwgd.org/education/scouting/. Links to useful sites, such as the ARRL, BSA and others, will help you learn about JOTA and how to set up and operate a station.
Operation from your home QTH will be helpful, too. Scouts need someone to talk with, and, propagation may not always favor another scout station. If your son or daughter is involved in scouting, help them get on the air, and, perhaps, invite others from their scout unit to join them.
Please register your planned operation so that you can be notified of any last minute updates or changes. You’ll find the information on the West Gulf Division Radio Scouting page. Then, after JOTA, please submit a report to the BSA and ARRL and send an email to the West Gulf Division Radio Scouting Assistant Director, Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN, to get your colorful certificate.
Plans for several major operations in all Sections of the West Gulf Division have been progressing nicely. Many of these are now registered on the BSA JOTA web site. You may check there for a list of any local operations that you might want to volunteer for.