World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open

Registration is open worldwide for Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet. JOTA-JOTI take place on 19-21st October 2018. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, encourages JOTA groups to register as soon as possible.

The sign-up system this year is much simpler. There is no need to first register an account at scout.org before signing in. I’m hoping for an explosion of communication across the Amateur Radio airwaves and the internet.
— JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND

Wilson anticipates that more than 1 million Scouts and Guides will take part in more than 150 countries. A JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide is available. “JOTA began in 1957 following the World Jamboree that year, when the ham radio operators gathered over coffee and thought about doing the on-the-air part of Jamboree every year,” Wilson recounted.

This year will mark the 61st JOTA (and the 22nd year of JOTI). “Many JOTA Amateur Radio stations are also starting to use JOTI channels, like ScoutLink, to more readily connect with Scouts around the world,” Wilson told ARRL. “Other channels include Skype, YouTube, and social media.”

Wilson said once groups have registered, other locations around the world will know to look for them. “Likewise, you’ll be able to see at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the other side of the Earth,” he added.

British Inland Waterways on the Air 2018

The BiWota (British Inland Waterways on the Air) event takes place during the August Bank holiday weekend (25th – 27th August 2018) and is open to all amateurs that use the inland waterways, canal tow paths, rivers, marina’s, lakes and reservoirs that are used for recreational uses.

To register or more details - http://www.nharg.org.uk/biwota 

 

Colorado 14er Event 2018

Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air(SOTA) peaks to set up amateur radio stations in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. 

Radio operators who plan to activate a summit should post their intent on the ham14er Yahoo Group. 

Colorado 14er Frequencies

Activity can occur on any amateur band including HF and VHF. The 2m fm band plan uses a “primary frequency and move up” approach. The 2m fm primary frequency is 147.42 MHz.  At the beginning of the event, operators should try calling on 147.42 MHz. As activity increases on that frequency, move on up the band using the 30 kHz steps. Don’t just hang out on 147.42 MHz…move up! The next standard simplex frequency up from 147.42 MHz is 147.45 MHz, followed by 147.48 and 147.51 MHz.

More information - http://www.ham14er.org

ham14er Yahoo Group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ham14er/