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The 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held over the October 19 – 21 weekend. What began as an idea with ham radio operators sitting at a coffee shop over 61 years ago, JOTA has become the single largest scouting event held every year. Amateur radio links scouts around the world, whatever their age, nationality, gender, ability or disability to learn about the world they live in. JOTA lets scouts around the world use amateur radio to experience different cultures, and become aware of the diversity in the world and that they are a part of a global society.   In 2017 1.5 million Scouts participated and organizers hope to reach a goal of 3 million participants by 2021. This year it is expected that over 2 million scouts of all ages or gender from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts and in some areas Sea Scouts will participate.

Here locally the MidState Amateur Radio Club in Franklin, using the call sign W9J, will make the clubs radio station available on Saturday Oct 20th from 12 noon to 8pm for local scouts to participate in JOTA. Interested groups are asked to email the JOTA team of the MidState Amateur Radio Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your group in advance of arriving since we have limited space.



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