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2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme — 60 Years Connecting Scouts

The theme “60 Years Connecting Scouts” recognizes the start of the event in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels that are activated on the third weekend in October, 20 to 22 October 2017.

Those channels include amateur radio via radio frequencies and Internet-based channels as well as many other Internet-based options including social media, ScoutLink and IRC chat services, Skype, and more.

It also recognizes the goal of the event – connecting Scouts so that they can engage in conversations with other Scouts across town and around the world. This allows them to discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are exposed to the technology that makes all this happen.

The World JOTA-JOTI Team will provide a number of weekend activities supporting this theme. Additional activities will be generated through online submissions from Scouts and Scout leaders. Activities can be targeted for one-hour to one-day timeframes. A select group of activities will be posted on the JOTA-JOTI website with credit to those who developed the activity.

This theme will also be used to guide creative options for the JOTA-JOTI logo contest, which is expected to launch very soon. Watch this website for full insight into the contest and how to submit your entry.

Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016

Here’s the Top 10* Challenges and Activities from JOTA-JOTI weekend in 2016:

  1. John Bont
  2. Scouts Exploring the World
  3. Morse Code
  4. The Earthquake
  5. Advanced Discovery Projects
  6. The Lab
  7. SMS Text Art
  8. Your Space Ship
  9. Free Style
  10. Make Your Goldberg Machine

Of course, JamPuz was the biggest activity during the weekend. But the top 10 above also offered a great deal of fun for Scouts around the world.

Each of these Challenges and Activities are something to think about as you pull your plans together for JOTA-JOTI 2017 – Mark Your Calendars 20 to 22 October 2017.

* This ranking was based on the number of views for each during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.

2016 JOTA-JOTI Report Published

The 2016 JOTA-JOTI reports has been published – over 1 million participants across 156 countries and 33,000+ locations.

Read all the details including individual country reports by downloading the World JOTA-JOTI 2016 Report FINAL

Thanks to everyone who filed their location report and all the National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators who filed their country reports.

You can find previous reports at the Annual Reports page.

Youngsters on the Air

1609018_672647026135751_781153490_o-01Hi All JOTA-JOTI Participants!

I hope you had a great experience this year and made lots of new friends during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Those of you who would like to get more into the amateur radio world, after having first glimpse of it during JOTA-JOTI, there is another exciting way of participating and making new friends on radio frequencies. It’s called YOTA, which stands for Youngsters on the Air.

YOTA is organized by young radio amateurs. The basic idea is to get beginners on the air, those who are interested about radio amateur work, but have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

ym_grey_450Every year there is YOTA month, which is going on right now in December. YOTA is mainly organized in IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia), but other areas are coming along.

The best way to get started is to read more about YOTA at http://www.ham-yota.com/ or from their Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair/ or their Twitter at https://twitter.com/hamyota

Then contact your local radio amateur club and arrange with them a shorter or longer visit to jump into a totally new and exciting world!

Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG
World JOTA-JOTI Team