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Oct 15, 2016
2016 Jamboree On The Air

OCT - Jamboree-on-the-Air 2016

JOTA is an annual event in which Scouts of all ages utilize Amateur Radio to communicate with other Scouts throughout the United States and other countries. Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operators ham shack. Many times you can find the hams will come to you by setting up a station at your Scout camporee, at the park down the block, or perhaps at a ham shack already set up at your council’s camp.

  • JOTA 2016 will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Texas Transportation Museum. 11713 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78247 (NW Corner of Wetmore Rd. and Wurzbach Parkway)
  • RSVP is requested but not required to Bob Rodriguez at or (210) 887-6618. Additional JOTA resources can be found at or

Scouts in uniform and Scout leaders will be welcomed on the museum grounds at NO charge. After participating in JOTA, Scouts and their leaders are encouraged to visit all of the museum displays. Radio equipment and operating expertise are provided by members of the San Antonio Radio Club and the venue by Texas Transportation Museum.

JOTA Talking Points

Downloadable PDF Here

  1. “What would you think of a world-wide Scouting event that brings almost a million Scouts together, where OUR Scouts could participate at virtually NO COST to the council/district/unit/or Scouts?”
  2. This will be the 59th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air.
  3. San Antonio Radio Club ham operators have assisted with JOTA for several decades.
  4. It is the largest gathering of Scouts worldwide – over 700,000 Scouts, 6,000 Ham radio stations, and 150 countries.
  5. JOTA is always held on the third full weekend of October every year. (Oct. 15, 2016, Texas Transportation Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  6. It uses the fun, technology and magic of Amateur Radio. (Talk around the country or the world without the internet, wi-fi or any wires)
  7. Ham radio is one of the few hobbies requiring a Federal license.
  8. Ham radio is wireless, portable, fun and educational – it works when other forms of communication fail, making it an excellent emergency management resource.
  9. The related merit badge is “RADIO”, which can be taught in 4-6 hours.
  10. Upon passing the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio Examination, a Scout is eligible to wear the Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip on his uniform.

For more information on JOTA 2016 please visit Link or contact Bob Rodriguez at or (210)887-6618. 

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