JOTA Activities


JOTA is not just about making radio contacts - there are a host of other activity & programme ideas which can be included during the JOTA weekend. Listed below are a few ideas. They are not complete programmes on a plate, but should allow you and your planning team to start thinking about what you want to include in your event.

  • Listening on the amateur bands for Scout and Guide stations. Bands limited by equipment - modes limited by equipment - Scout freqs - log - report to NJO
  • Transmitting station to contact other stations, especially Scout stations - bands limited by equipment and licence - modes limited by equipment and licence - Scout freqs - log - report to NJO.
  • PMR466 - no licence - Scouts talk to one another over short range (camp site) - practice procedure.
  • Bands - Scout frequencies - propagation
  • Modes - SSB (AM) - CW? - PSK31 - SSTV - fast scan TV - Packet - TTY - Hellschreiber - etc.
  • Logging.
  • Plotting location of stations heard or contacted on maps - UK, Europe & world
  • Greetings messages.
  • Build up a weather map based on asking the stations contacted about their weather.
  • Collect "Be prepared" in the language of each station contacted.
  • Collect the word for Scout, Cub, etc. in the language of each station contacted.
  • Determine the distance to each contacted station (Great Circle)- see what the total is for the weekend - is it more than 100,000 km?
  • QSL cards - design your own.
  • Design JOTA/JOTI participation card for next year.
  • Draw poster for the event (preferably before the event by those who have attended in previous years).
  • Morse buzzers - Morse computer programs.
  • Semaphore
  • Nautical signal flags - Sea Scouts.
  • Phonetic alphabet - Phonetic alphabet game.
  • Q-code and other abbreviations - Q-code dominoes.
  • Secret codes and ciphers (not permitted in amateur radio but good fun in the shack).
  • Construction of simple electronic circuits.
  • Fox hunting (direction finding) - one fox - special equipment and needs Tx licence.
  • Radio Orienteering - many foxes - special equipment and needs Tx licence.
  • Treasure hunt.
  • Pioneering - aerial masts - aerial rigging (perhaps before and after the event).
  • Refreshments - talking is thirsty work and visiting Radio Amateurs need supply of tea or coffee.
  • Cooking - visitors staying all day might prefer something other than sandwiches - Cooks Badge.
  • Scout Radio Communicator and other proficiency badges - parts of the Scout programme

Do you have an idea which you wish to add? Do you want to tell us about how you have undertaken some of these activities in your JOTA event so that we can include these in a update of this page? If so please get in touch with our news.