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January 2017
JOTA Newsletter

JOTA-JOTI 2017 Mark Your Calendar — 20 to 22 October

Radio Merit Badge Requirements 2017

The Radio Merit Badge requirements have been updated for 2017. Here's a quick preview of the changes:

A new option for the Radio Merit Badge is Amateur Radio Direction Finding.  This combines orienteering and foxhunting and opens a new interactive component to this program.

In addition, cellular telephone topics have been added along with different types of radio modulation.  Key requirement changes were dropping open, closed, and short circuits as well as schematic symbols and components as these are covered in the Electricity and Electronics merit badges.

Other revisions include: minor edits and reordering of requirements in the Amateur Radio option; Radio Broadcasting option now includes Internet streaming, regulations, and power levels; Medium Wave and Shortwave Listening option includes both types of listening as well as listening via streaming services on your smart phone.

You can learn more about the new requirements, including frequently asked questions, at Radio Merit Badge Requirements.

2016 JOTA Station Report Winners

The winners of the prizes donated by Icom America have been announced. WA4OTD was the grand prize winner and has received an Icom ID-51A Plus

Shown here, Crew 125 in Carmel, Indiana, will be putting the HT to good use. Thank you Icom America for your continued support to Scouting.

Radio Scouting Net

Chris Overbey, WA5DM, hosts a monthly Radio Scouting Net on the second Thursday of every month. Time is 9 PM Central on Echolink *JOTA-365* (480809). Check in and compare notes about your JOTA station and all Radio Scouting topics.

JOTA Event Planning Timeline

Many station reports stated that they needed to start their planning weeks and months in advance. We agree. We've provided a full planning calendar with recommended steps all along the way.

It starts in January. So it's time to get started. You can find it at JOTA Countdown

New JOTA-JOTI Introduction Video

As part of our overall communication efforts, we've produced a short video introducing Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet. It can serve as an excellent introduction for all Scouting audiences, from parents, to unit and district leaders, to planning roundtables. Use it as part of your efforts to line up Scouting events, like district and council camporees, with Jamboree on the Air.

Scout Camps on the Air

Have you activated an amateur radio station at a Scout camp? It could have been for summer camp, a camporee, a troop camp, or perhaps for Jamboree on the Air. With Scout Camps on the Air you can not only register your own station but you can also find others to arrange contacts. Plus, you can earn points as part of the SCOTA activity program.

You can learn more at Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA)

Online Scout Station Scheduling

Many station reports suggested they needed an online scheduling tool. It was available but under utilized. It works year round. So give it a try for your next event.

Scout scheduling page at You can use this to post your frequency and to pick up on other stations as well.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
The ARISS program announced that the K2BSA 2017 Jamboree and the Heart of America Council's Scouting 500 were both on the list of events taking the next steps in setting up an amateur radio contact with an astronaut on the ISS.
Stay tuned for further updates.

Radio Scouting Brochures

Another suggestion from the 2016 station reports was to use brochures to introduce Radio Scouting to various audiences. You can find them at Radio Scouting Brochure and the Mentoring the Next Generation of Hams Brochure. And don't forget the Radio Scouting Poster and the Infographic.

Scout Station Loans

Icom America and the Boy Scouts of America have a sponsorship agreement. One aspect of that agreement is that Icom America will provide up to 10 complete amateur radio stations for use by local Scout councils. Stations can be requested for long-term development loan stations and for event loan stations. You can find the details, application, and loan agreement here.

K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Sponsors

DX Engineering and MFJ Enterprises have joined Icom America as official Jamboree Sponsors of the K2BSA operation. Icom is providing all transceivers, power supplies, microphones, as well as the three repeaters they installed at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in 2013.

DX Engineering is providing beam antennas, vertical antennas, cables and connectors, as well as band pass filters and a multiplexer. MFJ Enterprises is providing headphones, dipole antennas, and a rotator. You can find more details about their support at our K2BSA 2017 Jamboree Sponsors page

Thank you to our three wonderful sponsors for supporting our Jamboree operation. Please share your appreciation for their support when you see them at hamfests and when you purchase that next addition to your station.

We've posted an overview that captures the essence of our plans for the K2BSA operation along with our full operations plan. We hope to work you on the air during the Jamboree. Or, if you're attending the Jamboree, bring along your HT and work the three repeaters that Icom America has provided.

K2BSA Amateur Radio Association

Everyone is welcome to join the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. Dues are $12 for a lifetime membership. Join here

Follow the Radio Scouting Conversation

You can keep up with the latest developments in Radio Scouting by following one or more of these social media links or signing up for an email group.
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