The Hampden County Radio Association sponsors BSA Venture Crew 510 and this Venture Crew specializes in Amateur Radio. Put Boy Scouts and Amateur Radio together and you get not only learning and fun. You get Jamboree on the Air!
Held on the third full weekend of October each year, Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA as it’s known, is the largest Scouting event in the world. In 2011 nearly 750,000 Scouts participated with over 6,000 stations in operation from 150 countries around the world.
This year the 55th Jamboree-on-the-Air is October 20–21, 2012. The official hours are from Saturday at 00:00 hours local time (right at midnight Friday) to Sunday 24:00 (midnight Sunday evening). So you’ve got the whole weekend to make JOTA contacts!
This worldwide jamboree requires no travel on your part, well, other than going to your Ham shack. Scouts from around the globe, and perhaps as close as across town, will be looking for Amateur Radio Operators just like you to make contact with. So hopefully you’ll take part in this worthwhile event and work some of these Scouts. By the way, while you enjoy a good QSO, many of these Scouts are working on earning their Radio Merit Badge, and for some Scouts, this is their first time on the air!
For more information, please use the below links:
- BSA: Jamboree-on-the-Air Introduction – http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx
- ARRL: Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) – http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota
- World Scout Bureau Inc.: The 55th JOTA 2012 – http://www.scout.org/en/information_events/events/jota/the_55th_jota_2012