We are pleased to announce that there will be yet again a Jamboree On The Air station at Crosland Hill.
As usual, the Denby Dale amateur Radio Club will provide the equipment and expertise.
The event will be held from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October.
Not only will there be Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers from Crosland Hill taking part but also Scouts from all over Huddersfield.
50th Jamboree on the Air - 19-21 October 2007
JOTA is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. It is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, thus contributing to the world brotherhood of Scouting The JOTA is a worldwide event. Units may operate for 50 hours or any part thereof, from Friday 2200 h until Sunday 2400 h local time. It is for members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and also for members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
What is Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) ????
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home.....
The JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.
Since 1958 when the first Jamboree On The Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have "met" each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during the JOTA have resulted in penpals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.
With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, the JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in the JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.
Date and duration of the event
Usually t he worldwide Jamboree On The Air is organized to coincide with the third full weekend of October each year. The event starts at 00.00 hours local time on the Saturday and concludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours local time on the Sunday. Each station can choose its own operating hours within this period.
However, this year JOTA will start at 2200 on Friday 19th October and will operate for 50 hours until 2400 hours on Sunday [local times].