The 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held over the October 19 – 21 weekend. What began as an idea with ham radio operators sitting at a coffee shop over 61 years ago, JOTA has become the single largest scouting event held every year. Amateur radio links scouts around the world, whatever their age, nationality, gender, ability or disability to learn about the world they live in. JOTA lets scouts around the world use amateur radio to experience different cultures, and become aware of the diversity in the world and that they are a part of a global society. In 2017 1.5 million Scouts participated and organizers hope to reach a goal of 3 million participants by 2021. This year it is expected that over 2 million scouts of all ages or gender from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts and in some areas Sea Scouts will participate.
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring Service (IARUMS) reports interference on 40 meters from various Russian sources. The Russian coastal over-the-horizon (OTH) radar “Sunflower” was very active on 40 meters and audible in Europe in the evenings, transmitting FM on pulse. The site is believed to be northeast of Vladivostok. IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said it was monitored in September.
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