Some 450 sites in the US are among nearly 3,000 locations around the world that will host Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) stations over the October 19 – 21 weekend.
“It looks [like it will] exceed last year’s registration number by next weekend,” JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, said.
One site that will be activated for JOTA is the Voice of America (VOA) Museum in West Chester, Ohio, which hosts the West Chester Amateur Radio Association’s club station WC8VOA. WCARA member Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX, grew up in Canada, where, as a 12-year-old, she took part in a JOTA event, making a friend in France and becoming pen pals. Years later, she became a Scout leader and a radio amateur. The station in the VOA station has been hosting JOTA for the past 5 years and allows anyone in Scouting to participate from the museum.
“For JOTA last year, we had over 100 Scouts stop by and get on the air,” she recounted. “They could also explore the VOA Museum.” Brault said that at one point, stations in five states conducted an on-the-air roundtable, sharing stories and experiences. “That was a great way to do it, it made it much more fun for the Scouts and for us as well. I’m looking forward to repeating the experience again this year,” she said.