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61st Jamboree on the Air
Celebrating 61 Years Connecting Scouts
19th - 21st October 2018

In the Beginning...

The first Jamboree on the Air was held in 1958 following the success of the amateur radio station at the World Scout Jamboree at Sutton Coldfield in 1957. JOTA is the largest international Scouting event in the world with over 500,000 Scouts and Guides taking part.
JOTA 2018
JOTA & Radio Scouting

Jamboree on the Air is the highlight of the Radio Scouting calendar, when Scouts have the opportunity to practice many of the skills they have discovered during the year. The Northampton Scout Amateur Radio Group has taken part in JOTA since 1981. Our station was located at Spotley Wood Scout Campsite near Yardley Hastings.

CQ de GB4NDS......
61st Jamboree on the Air

Our Station at Overstone will be open from 0900 to 1800 hrs local time on Saturday 20th October and from 0900 to 1500 hrs on Sunday 21st October 2018.

We were active on 28MHz, 21MHz, 14MHz, 7MHz and 3.5MHz on the HF bands as well as 144Mhz on the VHF band.

On the Air with Echolink
and Internet Chat?

Once again this year we will be using the Internet to enhance our Jamboree on the Air station. We will be on the air with Echolink which allows us to contact Scouts around the world using amateur radio via the internet. In previous years, Skype has added a new dimension allowing Scouts to communicate via video link which we hope to repeat again this year.

World Scout Bureau

HB9S is the amateur radio station of  the World Scout Bureau. Click on the badge below to find out more about their station and Jamboree on the Air in Switzerland.
JOTA Documents & Links

fleur JOTA UK Fact Sheet(173k, PDF)
fleur Jamboree on the Air Clip-Art


JOTA Badges around the World

With around 500,000 Scouts and Guides taking part in Jamboree on the Air each year, many countries issue special badges for the event. Here is one site where you can view JOTA badges from around the world - Jay's Patch Collection.


The Northampton Scout Amateur Radio Group provides opportunities for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to complete the Communicator Badge and can also provide facilities for the Electronics badge and the Digital Citizen & Digital Maker staged activity badges.

Click on  the logo below to visit JOTA sites around the world

Radio Scouting UK Scouting Nederlands World Scout Bureau Scouts Canada Australia
United Kingdom Scouting Netherlands World Scout Bureau Scouts Canada Australia
Sweden Switzerland Brazil Denmark Boy Scouts of America
Sweden Switzerland Brazil Denmark Boy Scouts of America

Be prepared

NSARG - The Action Station

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