Les Mitchell, G3BHK, inducted into CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

CQ Magazine has announced its 2016 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductees which includes the following entry:

Les Mitchell, G3BHK (SK): Founder of Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), annual event to introduce Amateur Radio to scouts and guides around the world.

SK stands for silent key. You can also learn more about G3BHK and the founding of Jamboree on the Air at the Radio Scouting UK website.


Introducing our Trusted Partners

The World JOTA-JOTI Team (WJJT) at its meeting last February looked at a way to recognize the valuable contribution that organizations and individuals make to the annual JOTA-JOTI event. The team decided to create a “JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partner” status for those (groups of) Scouts and leaders that have a considerable and innovative contribution to the event, offering activities and services to others, and operate according to WOSM guidelines and standards.

By granting the status of “JOTA-JOTI Trusted partner” it becomes clear to JOTA-JOTI participants and leaders which wetrusted picbsites and services are trusted and recommended by the World JOTA-JOTI Team for use during the event.

WJJT will only grant the “Trusted Partner” status to those projects, services etc. that have a track record of service to Scouting and to JOTA-JOTI. There is no ‘exclusivity’ to the status; so potentially more than one group offering similar, or complimentary, services may be granted the status.

What does a trusted partner do?

A trusted partner is an individual or organization running web- or radio services, on a not-for-profit basis, which provide a significant contribution to the JOTA-JOTI weekend. The services are open to all JOTA-JOTI participants. In particular, new and innovative initiatives are stimulated.

The partner always operates within the Spirit of Scouting; all year round, not just during JOTA-JOTI. And does its utmost to ensure the safety of young people using her service(s).

Trusted partners will also be involved in the annual Review Meeting of the WJJT.

How can I recognize a Trusted Partner?

partnerThe JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partner will carry the trusted-partner logo on her web site. The logo contains a web link that will take you to a list of trusted partners on the JOTA-JOTI event web site. On this page you can always check if indeed a group or organization has the trusted partner status.

How do I become a Trusted Partner?

Individuals or groups can either be invited by the World JOTA-JOTI Team (WJJT) or make their interest known to the team.

The WJJT will consider applications and, at her sole discretion, decide whether to issue the Trusted-Partner status. The status will be granted for one calendar year period and renewed after review by the WJJT.



How to Participate in JOTA-JOTI

Want to attend a Scout Jamboree without travel? Want to attend every year instead of waiting four years?

How about attending the annual Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet?

JOTA-JOTI is active every year, the third weekend of October, and involves over 150 countries and typically one million Scouts. It uses modern communication technology to offer Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home.

I’m Ready, What do I do during JOTA-JOTI?

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There are also a number of activities and challenges that you can engage in during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Here’s just a few:

Plus, stay tuned for new adventures and games that will be posted later this year as we get closer to JOTA-JOTI weekend. You can even submit your own ideas at The Idea Box around this year’s theme of Discover our World.

Sounds Great. How do I get involved?

6W 3V8 SAM_3652 - Version 2The absolute best way to get involved as a Scout is to find a local JOTA-JOTI location and engage with their activities by showing up. There are a few ways to find your local JOTA-JOTI location.

First contact your local Scout unit or group and see if they are going to activate a location for JOTA-JOTI. If that doesn’t work, see if another local unit or group will be active. Finally, during the month of September or early October check the JOTA-JOTI registration listing to see if there is a location near you.

If none of those options work, you can also get active as a single Scout, through ScoutLink, or by working with a local amateur radio operator. See more on both these options below.

What’s JOTA and Amateur Radio?

F Capture 2015-11-28 à 22.04.14 - Version 3Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is the amateur radio element of JOTA-JOTI, with Scouts all over the world speaking to each other by means of amateur radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves.

Amateur radio involves antennas, transmitters, and receivers, sometimes at a permanent location and other times set up at a camp in a temporary installation. Amateur radio operators are licensed by their country’s telecommunication authority to operate within strict guidelines.

They operate the JOTA-JOTI station following their local regulations as well as the guidelines and frequencies posted at JOTA Rules.

Typically over 20,000 amateur radio operators are helping with local JOTA-JOTI stations. Plus, many amateur radio operators are also on the air engaging with Scout stations and sharing their own Scout stories. There may be one or more local amateur radio operators who could help you get on the air during JOTA-JOTI weekend.

You can also listen in to the conversations using Web-based receivers located around the world. These receivers can be tuned to the JOTA-JOTI frequencies that can be found at JOTA Rules.

What’s JOTI and Online Chat?

SU 005 - Version 2Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is the Internet element of JOTA-JOTI. With a computer, smart phone, or tablet, an Internet connection, web browser, email, and chat program you can connect with other Scouts.

Once on the Internet you can talk to other Scouts via Skype, social media including Facebook and Twitter, and using IRC Chat.

ScoutLink offers a superb way of engaging in chat with other Scouts. We’ve provided some instructions on how to connect along with some guidelines at ScoutLink Guidelines.

When you’re online for JOTA-JOTI or other times as well, make sure you follow the Safe On-line guidelines and that you follow good netiquette.

JOTI Radio and JOTI.TV

Yet another fun activity during JOTA-JOTI weekend is JOTI Radio and JOTI.TV. They offer programming and games during JOTA-JOTI weekend. It’s great fun to tune in and see what’s going on with their contacts around the world.

Have Fun

The important thing is to mark your calendar for JOTA-JOTI weekend, 14 to 16 October 2016. Then make sure you’ve made plans to get on the air and/or get on the Internet for the largest Scouting event in the world.

Discover your idea..!!

Here it is, the logo competition has just closed (the jury is making the selection right now) and it inspired you to have these great ideas about a theme programme to “Discover our World“.  But where to put them?

Well, the World JOTA-JOTI Team just opened the brand new Idea Box for you.

How does this work?

ideasYou have this great idea about how to Discover our World. Write it down in a few words. Perhaps add a drawing or picture to it.

Next submit it to our Idea Box.

The team will select the top five ideas and publish them on our web site.

How many Scouts will run your JOTA-JOTI weekend programme this year? For you to discover…….


The Insider and the Outsider

This month’s team blog presents a glimpse of what is at the table of the World JOTA-JOTI Team.  What can you expect to see this year, leading up to the 2016 JOTA-JOTI event?  Here’s the inside view:


The team will put more emphasis on promoting the JOTA-JOTI event. A detailed communication plan is in place. This team blog, written by a different team member each month, is just one part of the plan.

box out One focal point is on the support and commitment of the National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators (NJCs).  After all, the NJCs make the JOTA-JOTI work in their country, adapt and translate the international info and promote the event.

To assist NJCs in an exchange of ideas, the World JOTA-JOTI Team has put a brand new mailing list in place, together with an interactive NJC Forum on the event web site. NJCs can log in to the JOTA-JOTI web site and have access to the Forum.  A couple of NJCs across the globe kindly tested the system for us.

There’s more to come; the same log-in facility can be used for NJC webinars which the team plans to organize. A webinar facilitates a lively interaction with NJCs and the World JOTA-JOTI Team. If successful, we may repeat it in a general form with Scouts and Leaders involved in JOTA-JOTI.

The JOTA-JOTI Sign-up system for the event clearly needs a refresher. A professional team is currently working on it; the intermediate result will be test run by the World JOTA-JOTI Team in a few months’ time. We anticipate that NJCs can use part of the new sign-up system as well to communicate with the participating groups in their country.

The world-wide game offered this year during JOTA-JOTI involves a guy called John Bont. His adventure will start in some corner of the globe and with the help of the participating Scout groups, he will be able to accomplish his mission. How can you help John? Stay tuned to this channel.


The World JOTA-JOTI Team involved a number of external organizations in our team meeting last months. This lead us to the idea of awarding the status of “trusted partner” to organizations working closely with WOSM to support, build and expand the JOTA-JOTI event. The team is finalizing the details of how this scheme will exactly work.

box inWe will also solicit ideas and suggestions on the event’s educational content. An idea box will be in place soon where we invite participating groups to present suggestions for short, day-long or weekend-long programme recipes. The World JOTA-JOTI Team will publish a selection of the favourite top 5 on the web.

Of course you are aware of our challenging JOTA-JOTI logo competition, which is running on our web this month. Behind the scenes we are recruiting the jury members who have the difficult task to select the winner. At least 3 out of 5 jury members will be young Scouts from around the globe.

Guides belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) have been involved in JOTA-JOTI over the past years. With the introduction of an on-line sign-up system, it became more difficult to officially sign up, as this had to be done together with a WOSM member group. The World Scout Committee supported the JOTA-JOTI team in her efforts to solve this and got the approval of the WAGGGS leadership to allow direct sign-up to JOTA-JOTI by Guides from our sister organization. You will see it in the new sign-up system.

Get prepared for JOTA-JOTI this year from 14 to 16 October and discover our world.