HF and Shortwave bands can be full of strange voices and noises. Some good fun can be had by experimenting with radio and PC , Mac or Android devices to try to decode the data within some of the noises we hear.
One company who has released some interesting apps is Black Cat Systems.
Visit http://blackcatsystems.com/ to view their catalogue.
While our license conditions may restrict our foundation operators from transmitting digital signals, everyone can receive and try to decode the data signals we hear on air.
Have fun… Philip – VK3JNI
Just a reminder that we need to collect information over the weekend to compile your reports. Can you remind your JOTA JOTI stations to capture numbers over the weekend? The following would be great:
Number of Scouts
- Scout sections involved
- Number of Visitors (non-Scouts)
- Number of JOTA JOTI Stations
- Number of Amateur Radio Operators
- Number of Contacts/QSOs
- States Contacted
- Countries Contacted
Also it would be interesting to get a better picture of JOTI, eg how many stations ran JOTI, were there any stand alone JOTI stations. What apps were used over the weekend etc.
Any stories or photo’s/video would be great as well.
I will confirm the deadline for reports early next week however it would be great to get these done ASAP while the event is still fresh.
Have a great JOTA JOTI.
National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
0422 588 110
<jota.joti-@-scouts.com.au> (remove the – )
The 2016 JOTA-JOTI reports has been published – over 1 million participants across 156 countries and 33,000+ locations.
Read all the details including individual country reports by downloading the World JOTA-JOTI 2016 Report FINAL
This is a big report so it may take some time to download. One quote from the report…
“This was our first JOTA-JOTI experience and I think the Scouts had more fun than expected. We really enjoyed chatting with all of the different groups around the world. Uniforms, badges, and awards were a common topic. One thing we learned is that it is very common for people in other countries to speak multiple languages. All of our conversations were in English, and for most contacts English was not their first language. Another fun thing our Scouts learned is that other Scouting organizations have co-ed groups. Our longest chat was with a remote group in Australia who were 4.5 hours away from the nearest McDonald’s. They were sad to see us go as we had run out of time at the end of our event.” – Boy Scouts of America
Philip – VK3JNI
Can you believe it? Cub Scouts are turning 100 in 2016. As part of the celebrations, many Cub Scouts will be taking part in JOTA / JOTI this year.
CUB 100 call sign extension. If you are operating Amateur Radio with Cub Scouts present, you are invited to add the suffix CUBS 100 after your callsign. This will signal that your station has Cub Scouts present and keen to say hello.
Murray VK3MJT will be encouraging a number of radio clubs to operate as a drop in centre for Cub Scouts over the JOTA / JOTI weekend.
In Murray’s words, if I had a Cub pack with me, the extended call sign I would be using would be VK3MJT-CUBS100. By using and by listening for the extended call sign you know that Cubs are there on the air.
Please don’t forget to register your Cub Pack’s involvement in JOTA / JOTI you can order your JOTA/JOTI 2016 badges here too.
A special CUB callsign has been applied for and this will be on air from nominated location through the year including JOTA weekend. More information to come.
Lorraine O’Hare (VK2FICQ), National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator, Girl Guides Australia
has produced a new PR video for JOTA/JOTI 2016. Well done!
The gauntlet is down let’s see what we can do for scouts.
Philip – VK3JNI
J-Codes ( or J Code ) are designed to enable very basic communication between Scouts that do not share a common language. By ‘talking’ in J-Codes individuals are able to ask and answer questions without either person being any to speak any of the language of the other.
Follow this link below and you will find some sheets to download, print and share in time to help your members ‘talk’ in multiple languages during JOTA-JOTI.
Looking for J-Code information? see http://jotajoti.info/j-code/
Marine vessel locatons see:
Wondering how they track these vessels, it is done via AIS receivers located around the coast. Vessels carry a AIS transmitter connected to a GPS and regularly transmit their locaton.
If you would like to try to build a little AIS receiver and you are located around the coast, read on.
SDR AIS Decoding using a cheap USB DVB-T Stick
Hi all, here is a little project for the tech savvy Venturer, Rover or Leader. This project will be of particular interest if you live near the coast. You can use a DVB-T STICK to build a low cost AIS Receiver. Full credit and thanks goes to the team from MarineTraffic.com … For more detail see: http://tinyurl.com/oo4r594
If you have not played with the AIS display provided by MarineTraffic.com this may be something new for your JOTA / JOTI station.
During the warmer months I run a smart phone app that puts me on the MarineTraffic.com map when on my little boat.. You may even spot our real yacht SwingShift around the bays or lakes. Enjoy! – Philip VK3JNI