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Are You Ready for the Largest Scouting Event in the World?

It’s this weekend, 20 to 22 October. Get on the air and on the Internet to trades stories and insight with other Scouts around the world.

To the Moon and Back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

For JOTA-JOTI 2016 we posted four Advanced Discovery Projects. One of those, To the Moon and Back, has now been published by Science in School, The European journal for science teachers.

The editors at Science in School have made several significant improvements. You can find the full article at this link

To the Moon and back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

You can also download a PDF file of the article.

Congratulations, Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, World JOTA-JOTI Team Leader for taking this project to the next level and sharing it with so many for the advancement of science in the schools — and in Scouting.

Here’s something for you to try during JOTA-JOTI weekend, or any time that works for your schedule as well as the Moon’s schedule!

JOTI.tv Ready for JOTA-JOTI 2017

Guest blog post from Bart Jenniskens at JOTI.tv


Join JOTI.tv during JOTA-JOTI 2017. We have prepared all kinds of cool things and programs for you.

Use JOTI.tv and find Scouts around the world who you can connect to with your webcam or mobile phone, a great way to meet new Scout friends worldwide!

To get started, log-in at the JOTI.tv Portal using your scout.org username.

JOTI.tv live television

For the third year JOTI.tv will broadcast live television on YouTube. On the JOTI.tv YouTube channel we will share the latest news and activities worldwide together with our friends from JOTI Radio and ScoutLink. We also have prepared several workshops where you can learn new techniques. JOTI.tv live television is the place to share your content. Contact us and we will share your story or JOTA-JOTI activities! Look at our broadcast schedule when we will air the workshops. You can learn more at https://www.joti.tv/live-tv/

Skype address book

New! We’ve launched the Skype address book. Find Scouting all over the world in the Skype address book, quickly connect with scouts through Skype by simply clicking on the name. Add your Skype ID to your JOTI.tv profile and place and add yourself to the address book, try it out now! Learn more at https://www.joti.tv/blog/2017/09/07/joti-skype-address-book/

JOTIcafe

Every year more Scouts meet each other in the JOTIcafe. The JOTIcafe is a video chat roulette, all Scouts in the JOTIcafe are automatically connected to each. Try it out yourself, it is great fun and a great program for during the weekend! Find out more at https://www.joti.tv/joticafe/

Digital Campfire

Take part in the biggest gathering of Scouts online with the Digital Campfire. Already hundreds of Scouts have added their photo to the Digital Campfire. The Digital Campfire is a great way to share your group, JOTA station, club home, troop building or other place to the rest of the world. What you need is a computer and a webcam, connect the Digital Campfire and let it run the whole weekend! Find it at https://www.joti.tv/digitalcampfire/

JOTI.tv Schedule

Here’s our full schedule for JOTA-JOTI Weekend. Please note that times are in UTC +2 Hours. You’ll need to convert them for your time zone.

 

Sign Up Your Location for JOTA-JOTI 2017

Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet will soon be here. The third weekend in October, this year 20-22 October, will see an explosion of communication across the amateur radio airwaves and the Internet with over a million Scouts and Guides participating across 150+ countries.

Sign Up Benefits Everyone

So, who will be on for the weekend? The only way to know ahead of time is to sign up your location. Once you’ve signed up, the other locations around the world will know to look for you. Likewise, you’ll be able to see at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the other side of the Earth.

So far over 1,600 locations have registered for JOTA-JOTI. Add your location to the list.

Our theme is “60 Years Connecting Scouts” and this is a great way to determine who’s on and to map out your own effort to discover our world. Plus, when you sign up you’ll receive your JID code so you can participate in JamPuz.

How Do I Sign Up?

First, make sure you’ve created a Scout.org profile and that you’ve logged into Scout.org. This sets you up to access all the webpages you’ll need.

Second, start at the JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page. Only one person needs to sign up for your location, which will be good for everyone who attends. Follow the links on the sign up page to enter the system.

What Information Will I Need?

You’ll sign up by selecting your country, choosing WOSM or WAGGGS, selecting your National Scout Organization, and then filling in:

  • Name of Group or Event – This would be your Scout group or your special event name.
  • Location – Town or City.
  • Amateur Radio Call Sign – If you’re going to participate on amateur radio.
  • IRC Nick Name – This is your nickname that you’ve registered on ScoutLink or another Internet chat service.
  • Other Identifiers – This can include your Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • When You Plan to Take Part – Select all that apply from Friday to Sunday.
  • Contact Person Name and Email – This is the contact person for your location.

That’s all the information you need. Click the “submit” button and you’ll be registered. You’ll also receive an email confirming your sign up. That email will contain a link you can follow to make any needed changes to your information.

You’ll find the list of all stations at Registered Stations. Search for your own and for others you know or would like to contact during JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Sign Up is Just the Starting Point

Once you’ve signed up and viewed the online list of all locations, you’ll be all set for JOTA-JOTI weekend. That’s where the fun starts.

But don’t stop there. You can also report on your activities after the event. Your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator will be in touch to collect your reports.

Your coordinator will be assembling the full report for all JOTA-JOTI locations in your country. Needed information includes:

  • Number of participants (Scouts and Guides)
  • Number of amateur radio operators
  • Number of visitors
  • Number of contacts and countries contacted
  • Communication channels used

They may also ask for some of your best photos and stories of your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Sign Up is Simple – Do It Now

It is simple and straightforward. So go to the JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page now and make it happen.

Looking forward to seeing your location listed and to contacting you during the weekend.

World JOTA-JOTI Team

2017 JOTA-JOTI Sign Up

The sign-up system for 2017 JOTA-JOTI is now open

Follow these steps to get started signing up your planned location:

  1. Go to the scout.org log in page and enter your username and password or, if this is your first time, register as a new user.
  2. Go to https://www.scout.org/jj2017
  3. Select your country, whether you are part of WOSM or WAGGGS, and then your National Scout Organisation.
  4. Then complete the information for your location.
  5. Please do not complete the section for JID. Leave it blank. A JamPuz ID will be issued when you complete your sign up.

After you’ve submitted your sign up you’ll receive an email confirmation that will include a JID for JamPuz and a link to follow if you need to update your registration.

If you run into problems or have questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

We’re looking forward to JOTA-JOTI 2017.