Radio Scouting

World Radio Scout Frequencies

Band SSB (phone) CW (morse)
80 m 3.690 & 3.940 MHz 3.570 MHz
40 m 7.090 & 7.190 MHz 7.030 MHz
20 m 14.290 MHz 14.060 MHz
17 m 18.140 MHz 18.080 MHz
15 m 21.360 MHz 21.140 MHz
12 m 24.960 MHz 24.910 MHz
10 m 28.390 MHz 28.180 MHz
6 m 50.160 MHz 50.160 MHz

Interference by the WAG contest.

During the JOTA weekend there is unfortunately one contest (amateur radio competition). It is an exception to the agreement that there will be no contests during the JOTA weekend. However, an agreement has been reached with the organizers of this German WAG contest on the use of amateur radio frequencies during the JOTA in such a way that it allows both events to operate in parallel. This worked satisfactorily last year, so we would like to continue it for this years’ JOTA as well. The German contest stations will not operate in the following segments (called “contest-free zone”):

80 m 3650 – 3700 kHz,

40 m 7080 – 7140 kHz,

20 m 14100 – 14125 and 14280 – 14350 kHz,

15 m 21350 – 21450 kHz,

10 m 28225 – 28400 kHz

There is no contest traffic on the 17, 12 and 6 m bands. This leaves all World Scout Frequencies in the clear !! Scout stations may use the whole of each amateur radio band. But if you experience any interference from the WAG contest, please move to the segments listed above to enjoy an interference free contact.


Amateur radio and Scouting have been together since the Wireless Merit Badge was created in 1918. The first BSA amateur radio station was K2BFW in 1951, supporting the Boys’ Life Radio Club. Jamboree on the Air began in 1957. K2BSA was first licensed in 1971.

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