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JOTA/JOTI Weekend at Eaton Vale

The radio mast, tuning into the JOTA and JOTI Internet Cafe

The radio mast, tuning into the JOTA and JOTI Internet Cafe

Hello, my name is Jane Warden – Assistant County Commissioner Foundation (6-14 years) and this weekend I went to the fabulous JOTA and JOTI event at Eaton Vale.

I have to say I was a little apprehensive as a lot of the language used regarding radio communication as all way over my head, but the team brought together a fantastic experience for all the cubs and scouts that attended and I learnt alot too!

cubs-certsThe programme was based around the Communicators Badge, so as well as learning all about radio and call signs, how to relay a message they also touched base with other groups from Russia, Moscow, USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, Gilwell, Costessey, Spixworth and Roughton Mill – just to name a few!

The internet side was based around the secure JOTI chat rooms and again it was a great way for them to chat in a safe environment to young people from around the world – Indonesia, USA, Brazil, and they also established it was snowing in Switzerland – but they didn’t want to build a snowman!

As well as these 2 main activities – the young people also had a go at ‘fox hunting’ using radio masts looking for a signal around the site, a great telephone quiz and also part of the cub badge was to write and email – Matthew got quite a lot into his inbox – (one of which is below)

thank you for a lovely day at eaton vale.I have enjoyed my time at jota /jamboree on the air.

love charlie boast wangungu pack 1st taverham.

Overall a great experience for the young people who attended, the leaders also said they learnt a lot!  Thank you to the great technical team of Shew, David and Emily plus the volunteers from the Norfolk Amateur Radio club who made it all possible!

I think they may already be planning a larger event for next year…