Denby Dale
Amateur Radio Society


West Yorkshire
Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society
Bradley Wood Scout Camp Jamboree-on-the-air 15/16th October (set up Friday) 2011



Every four years, a few Scouts and Guides are lucky enough to attend a World Jamboree or maybe they attend an International Camp where they can meet and talk with other young people from other countries. Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) however is an annual event that provides an opportunity for the majority to ‘meet’ and talk with Scouts and Guides from other countries without to leave their home district.

JOTA is a major international Scouting event that has taken place every year since 1958. Like Scouting itself, JOTA started in a small way as the means by which a number of Scouts, who had met at the 1957 World Jamboree in Sutton Park, could renew their friendship. Last year JOTA involved an estimated 500,000 Scouts and Guides from more than 120 different countries.

Unlike World Jamborees, JOTA is open to any member of the Scout or Guide Associations. It uses radio-transmitting equipment provided by Radio Amateurs, to connect participants from around the world. An Amateur Radio Licence would normally permit only a suitably qualified person to operate the station equipment, however for JOTA there has been a relaxation of these rules to permit non-license holders to exchange greetings and other information with others at participating stations in over 45 different countries. Contacts with participating stations in other countries may still have to be made though the radio operator.


An amateur radio station will be established in the camp centre building at Bradley Wood Site over the weekend of 15th-16th October.


It is intended we meet on site to set up the station on Friday 14th October at 10am BST. Please come and help if at all possible. Break up will be on Sunday afternoon allowing operation over the whole weekend.

It is expected that the station will be operational from about 6pm on Friday through to late on Sunday. Operations might extend late into the night for those able to stay up late. Operators please let us know in advance if you intend to visit. As we have to sign you in with the scouts organisers.

For those with no previous experience of Amateur Radio, it should be noted that there are times when some countries can be contacted more so than at others. Whilst stations in the UK can be heard at most times it is during the hours of darkness / early morning that contact is most likely with Australia and New Zealand and during the late afternoon / early evening with USA, Canada and Africa. South America and Asia are more usually contactable during the early evening.

To get the best from your visit you should allow at least 2 hours, preferably more. You may wish to organise another activity at Bradley Wood and include a visit to the JOTA station. To ensure that the station is adequately staffed it would help to know in advance as to how many visitors are expected, the likely time of arrival and length of stay.


JOTA is a scouting activity that is open to any member of the Scout or Guide Associations, and all visitors to the Bradley Wood station will be encouraged to join in. Cubs and Scouts could perhaps work towards their Communicator badges or other parts of the award scheme. Scouts could, for example, establish contacts with Scouts in other countries as part of the Global Challenge.


Our aim is to contact other Scouts and Guides from around the United Kingdom, Europe and indeed the rest of the World. The number of stations that can be contacted and where they are located will depend on prevailing radio conditions.

Not all those with whom we speak will be in a centrally heated building. In the past we have spoken with Scouts from Tasmania who were in a tent on a mountain top where the temperature was –5?C; another group were on Tahiti in a tropical storm, whilst another group from Saudi Arabia were in the desert where the temperature was around 45?C.

Whilst most of the contacts will be made by speech in English, we are hoping this year to provide other means of communication that will use computer technology to send speech, text and pictures. We might also be able to provide some receiving equipment that will be available for operation by Cubs and Scouts.

Not all those we contact are actively involved with Scouting; some might at one time have been members, others are just helping another Scout Group to participate in JOTA.


There are no real restrictions as to what you can talk about. It is largely dependant on who we contact, their command of English, where they are located and how good the radio conditions are to permit communications.

If you have no previous experience of JOTA, it might at first seen a little daunting to make conversation with someone you have never met. It would therefore be useful to prepare and practice what you are going to say. It might help to have some questions written down that you might like to ask, but don’t forget to listen for the answer. Just remember that we may be speaking with other Scouts who may like to know what you do in Scouts and for them to tell you about their interests and activities.

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