JOTA Ideas - Station Folder

JOTA Ideas

Station Folder

The Station Folder was designed to provide a summary of the information that a visitor needs at a Scout Special Event station. The ‘front’ of the leaflet might have the name of the station, its callsign and logo, etc. This is the only part that refers to a particular station because the text is general. In common with most printed matter used at Scout events, it is available in English and French.

The following pages have text but the ‘front page’ panel is left blank. Run these through your printer and then run them again to print your design for the front. This should give a sheet of A4 paper that is printed on both sides. Then ‘Z’ folded the sheet with the station callsign and logo on the front and the message and log panels on the rear.

The folder covers:

  • Phonetic alphabet Useful everywhere, not just in amateur radio.

  • Q-codes Originally used in Morse, these abbreviations are essential at an amateur radio station.
  • Callsigns Scouts are most likely to hear European stations. Others can be introduced when they are heard.
  • QSL Cards These colourful cards from previous events are frequently used to decorate the station.
  • A Brief History of Radio Scouting Few Scout Leaders are aware of BP’s enthusiasm for wireless.
  • Health and Safety By handing this leaflet to all visitors, one can assure any H&S inspector that they have been advised of the hazards.
  • Message panel -Visitors are encouraged to speak on the air and here is a space for them to make notes.
  • Mini-Log sheet Visitors frequently wish to make a note of the stations they have heard or spoken to.

A Brief history of Radio Scouting

Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, was keen to encourage Scouts to try new inventions and thought radio would be an excellent activity. One of the very first transmitting licences was held by a Scout group. Restrictive regulations and expense limited interest until a demonstration station at the 1957 World Jamboree at Sutton Park re-kindled activity among Scouts with Amateur Radio licences and the following year Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) was born. On the third weekend in October Scouts contact Scouts round the World by Amateur Radio sharing their common interests and spreading friendship. Regular nets, pre-arranged meetings at a certain time, also operate nationally and internationally linking individual Scouts and groups who may never have met face to face. Many camps and Jamborees have Amateur Radio stations like the one you are visiting.

If you would like more information about Radio Scouting and JOTA, visit the World JOTA Organiser's website ...

or one of the many national Radio Scouting

websites, eg. ...

for the UK.


Station safety

There are a number of potential dangers in an amateur radio station which may be summarised as:

Mains supply - The same care here as elsewhere in the home. Do not use equipment with frayed flex or damaged plugs.
Disconnect equipment if a fault is suspected and before looking inside. Site electrical equipment well away from wet areas.

Batteries - Car batteries are used sometimes, these can supply a sufficiently large current to cause burns or fires if misused.

Trailing leads - Radio stations tend to have many leads, take care to position them so that no one can trip over them.

RF Voltages - When transmitting, the voltages on aerial wires may well be high enough to give an electric shock or a burn.

Erecting aerials - Take care when using ladders, climbing trees, etc.

Soldering - The tip of a soldering iron can cause a burn or even start a fire.

Tools - Many tools have sharp cutting edges which require care. When cutting wire with side-cutters, the short end can shoot off. Goggles are recommended to protect the eyes from these bits.

A First Aid box should be available at a Special Event Station in case there are any minor injuries.

In the event of electric shock, switch off and disconnect the supply immediately. Do not touch the casualty until this has been done, otherwise you too may receive an electric shock.


Phonetic Alphabet

When reception is bad or to avoid errors it is sometimes necessary to spell out words such as names and places. The Phonetic Alphabet below is the recognised version accepted worldwide though other words from earlier versions are still heard.

A alpha H hoteL O oscar U uniform
B bravo I india P papa V victor
C charlie J juliet Q quebec W whisky
D delta K kilo R romeo X x-ray
E echo L lima S sierra Y yankee
F foxtrot M mike T tango Z zulu
G golf N november    


When all transmissions used Morse code, a series of codes were developed for frequently used words or expressions to save time. These are still used today even in speech transmissions where they form a shared language invaluable where two Radio Amateurs do not have a common tongue.

QSO - Radio contact

QTH - Location of station

QSB - Fading

QSL - Confirmation

QRM - Interference from other stations

QRN - Interference from static noise

QRZ - Who is calling me?

QRP - Low power

QSY - Change frequency

QRT - Close down


Call signs and prefixes

Every transmitting station, Amateur and Professional, has an unique station identification known as the call sign. This station’s call sign is shown on the front of this leaflet and each of the operators has an individual call sign.

Can you discover where they are from? Here are some European prefixes ...

G, M & 2 are all the United Kingdom

OE Austria I Italy
ON Belgium LX Luxembourg
OZ Denmark PA Netherlands
EI Eire LA Norway
OH Finland SP Poland
F France CT Portugal
D Germany EA Spain
SV Greece SM Sweden
TF Iceland HB Switzerland

QSL cards

When the first long distance contacts were
made those involved wanted proof of their
achievement and started exchanging written
confirmation of all the details. Today Radio
Amateurs collect cards, known as QSL cards,
from their contacts to display or as confirm-
ation for awards. To prevent confusion all
radio contacts are recorded in UTC irrespec-
tive of where in the world they are taking
place. This station keeps a log of all the
contacts and will send each one a QSL card.

The Station Folder is available to download as a PDF here.