The 2012 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) was very successful and lots of fun according to initial reports received by BSA and the ARRL. 49 stations were pre-registered on the BSA JOTA web site in the West Gulf Division. Registrations were up considerably from 2011. The stations in the Division estimated that over 2600 scouts would be acquainted with amateur radio through this world-wide event.
The ARRL also has a “Soap Box” like page setup for JOTA. It’s called “JOTA Stories.” You may submit a brief report at http://www.arrl.org/jota-stories. Photos are welcome to be submitted.
As you may have read in previous Division News, the West Gulf Division issued a ‘Challenge’ to clubs and stations to setup and operate JOTA stations in each of the 24 BSA Councils of the West Gulf Division. To recognize our Hams’ participation, the Division has offered a colorful certificate. If you operated during JOTA 2012 or would like to present a certificate to a scout who communicated over your station, you may request a certificate by emailing kr1zan(at)arrl.net. The appropriate certificate will be sent to you via email in PDF form.
For those who helped acquaint a scout (or scouts) with amateur radio during Jamboree on the Air, the West Gulf Division wishes to express its sincere Thanks. JOTA 2013 will take place the weekend of October 19-20. We hope to have a more competitive Challenge in place for 2013 and encourage clubs and individuals to start planning for a fun, “field day’ like activity for JOTA. More details will be forthcoming. JOTA isn’t a contest, so the Challenge will award points based on participation in various Radio Scouting categories.