Bandar Seri Begawan: Some 100 members of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association yesterday participated along with millions of other scout association members worldwide in the 56th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and 17th Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI).
The Bruneian participants included cub scouts, junior scouts, venture scouts, rover scouts, air scouts and sea scouts, who all participated in activities over two days on October 19 and 20. JOTA and JOTI is organised every third week of October annually
The uniqueness of the jamboree is that every participant communicates with other members globally via High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) Amateur Radio as well as over the Internet, especially when organising video conferences using Skype.
The Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association has opened three amateur radio stations located at the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Headquarters in Jalan Gadong using the call sign V84CBS; in Tutong District at the Raja 1steri Pengiran Anak Saleha Secondary School with the call sign V84CDT and; in Belait District located at the Pantai Peranginan Kampong Sungai Liang with the call sign V84CBP.
Officiating the activities was the Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association, HO Badar Haji Ali. Also present were the association's Vice President, Haji Abu Bakar Haji Ahmad, scouts commissioners as well as scouts officers, leaders and other members.
The chief commissioner opened amateur radio communications with the village head of Kampong Lumut 1, Awang Haji Mohd Shafiee bin Ahmad, located in Sungai Liang in the Belait District. Brunei Scouts have successfully established amateur radio communications with over 30 countries and 60 countries via the Internet.