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Wednesday, 7 October 2009


The 52nd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) will take place on October 17-18, 2009 but for reasons better known to themselves the German WAG contest has been arranged for the same weekend. What a way to introduce our youngsters to the joy of amateur radio with the battle of bad manners that is HF contesting. I remember the tale of one competitor operating SSB in or close to the CW section of Forty Metres who was told “If you were a gentleman you would move off the CW section” to which he replied “I’m not a gentleman, I am a contester!” which just about says it all.

I don’t know who is to blame for the clash as such but this time the contesters have taken the high ground and acted as both gentlemen and good radio amateurs by declaring contest free zones for the Scouts to use. No one can guarantee an interference free zone but at least they should be contest free.

The contest-free frequencies are:
80m: CW: 3560 - 3800 kHz, SSB: 3650 – 3700 kHz
40m: SSB: 7080 – 7140 kHz
20m: CW: 14060 - 14350 kHz, SSB: 14100 – 14125 kHz and 14280 – 14350 kHz
15m: SSB: 21350 – 21450 kHz
10m: SSB: 28225 – 28400 kHz

Best of luck to those running a JOTA station from CQHQ

See the announcement here
World Scout Frequencies http://www.scout.org/en/information_events/events/jota/world_scout_frequencies

Radio Scouting - JOTA http://www.scout.org/jota
Radio Scouting UK www.radio-scouting.org.uk

Information on the WAG Contest http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/fgdcg.htm


  1. The problem only occurs because every radio club thinks it has to run its own contests. There are way too many contests anyway. If we just had the big international events like the CQ, IARU contests, Field Day, JOTA etc. then clashes like this would not occur and there would still be weekends free for non-contesters.

  2. http://pc1mh.blogspot.nl/2013/04/wag-contest-stalin-still-tormenting.html

    If the WAG contesters would stick to the rules there would not be a problem.
    Check out Saturday-evening (third in October) and night and you will see that all open channels are full an JOTA communication is impossible.

    Please check out http://pc1mh.blogspot.nl/2013/04/wag-contest-stalin-still-tormenting.html for more info.