Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet Extravaganza
National Scouting Museum
October 17, 2009
The JOTA/JOTI Extravaganza on October 17, 2009, was operated by the Boy Scouts of America’s International Department, the Irving Amateur Radio Club, numerous amateur radio operators, Keith Pugh, K5IU, and ARISS (Amateur Radio in the International Space Station). The Circle Ten and Longhorn councils provided support and promotion.
More than 400 Scouts, parents, and leaders from all over North Texas shared ideas and Scouting experiences with their Scouting peers around the world using two-way amateur radio and the Internet. The National Scouting Museum was selected to be the only JOTA/JOTI location in the world that enabled local Scouts to communicate directly with NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, a former Star Scout who is currently aboard the International Space Station. Unfortunately, a problem prevented a full two-way communication. The Scouts could hear the International Space Station, but the astronaut could not hear the Scouts.
The JOTA/JOTI annual event contributes to better understanding and mutual respect between youngsters in different countries. Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world participate. More than 500,000 Scouts in 100 countries, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, take part in JOTA each year.
All participants at this year’s event received free Museum admission, food and drink, a special JOTA patch, and a designated QSL card for the JOTA.
The next worldwide JOTA/JOTI will be October 16–17, 2010. The National Scouting Museum is planning to host the event on October 16.