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City amateur radio club stations take part in Scout Jamboree

Staff Reporter

It is an event in which five lakhs Scouts and Guides participate


  • Scouts and Guides joined the radio station to understand amateur radio
  • Lions Club International Station was active with Sri Chamundi Scout Group

    BANGALORE: Four special amateur (Ham) radio club stations in the city were busy on Saturday and Sunday, participating in the 48th World Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), conducted along with the ninth World Scout Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI).

    JOTA, for starters, is an annual event in which nearly five lakhs Scouts and Guides meet each other through amateur (Ham) radio contacts across the world. "Short wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world and it is a sheer excitement to have a live conversation with a fellow Scout or Guide at some other place in the world," says Lion Ajoy, a disaster manager and custodian of the Lions Club International Ham Radio Club Station (VU2LCI). Boy Scouts, Girl Guides from bulbuls, cubs, rangers, rovers and teachers joined the radio station not just to take part in the event but also to understand amateur Ham radio and its operation. The Lions Club International Station was active with the Sri Chamundi Scout Group (21st Bangalore) for the event at Bala Mano Vikasa Kendra, where Lion Ajoy (VU2JHM) and Suresh (VU3NOI) were the coordinators. The Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) had set up a special station at the Bharat Scouts and Guides Karnataka State headquarters, where Sandeep (VU3SXE) coordinated the proceedings.

    Both the JOTA and JOTI were organised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

    JOTI is an international Scout meeting on the Internet which takes places every year on the third weekend of October. This is an official event of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. During that weekend, Scouts from all over the world meet and communicate with each other over the Internet, using the technologies locally available, from web browsers to e-mail, chat programs, microphones, scanners and digital cameras. Scout groups often combine this event with JOTA.

    Most of the communication takes place over e-mail and in a chat network called IRC, the Internet Relay Chat. JOTI allows participants to build friendships with Scouts in other countries and to find out more about their civil and scouting life.

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