Thanks to everyone who voted for the 2016 JOTA Patch Design. You can see the winner here and the full results at JOTA 2016 Patch Design Voting Results. We've also provided early JPG and PNG files for your use in promoting your JOTA events.
Jamboree on the Air 2016 Reserve the Dates: 14 - 16 October
Don Kunst, W3LNE, K2BSA Vice President, has provided a comprehensive step-by-step plan for getting your JOTA-JOTI operation ready for October. You can find it on the K2BSA website at JOTA Countdown.
We received a great deal of feedback this year on the intereference caused by the growing level of contest activity during JOTA weekend. The Worked All Germany contest has established contest free frequencies and we've contacted USA based QSO parties to ask them to give this consideration. You can find out more at Contest Free Frequencies. If you're a member of these clubs, please reach out to them suggesting they follow best practices and establish contest free frequencies.
National Parks on the Air
In case you missed it, ARRL is running a National Parks on the Air Program throughout 2016. You can find all the details at NPOTA 2016. This is a superb way to activate amateur radio in your Scouting activities. Note, too, that one of the options for the "Five Star Activator" Award is to activate a National Park System unit with a youth group or Scouting program. Get on the air at a National Park.
BSA International Newsletter
The BSA January International Newsletter highlighted the JOTA-JOTI 2015 report. You can see it at International Communication. The newsletter also identifies the councils that do not currently have International Representatives. If you see your council on the list, perhaps it's time to step up to an important council level role.
2015 Patches Still Available – See the Archive
The 2015 JOTA patches are still available if you need them for your collection. It's BSA Supply Order Number 622541. Order Online. You can see the full patch archive dating back to 1983 at JOTA Patch Archive.
K2BSA Amateur Radio Association
Everyone is welcome to join the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. Dues are $12 for a lifetime membership. Join here. The 2015 Annual Report has also just been published.
K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Vision
We've developed a short document that captures the essence of our plans for the K2BSA operation at the 2017 National Jamboree. Follow this link K2BSA Jamboree Vision.
We currently have nearly 30 staff members signed up – some for the full Jamboree and others for either first or second half. We still need more staff members.If you're interested in serving on the Jamboree staff, here's how — Jamboree Volunteers.