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IARU R1 Youth activities – HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

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We are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 15-7-2017
Time: 10.00
Place: Room Liechtenstein
– Welcome and short introduction of attendees
– Lecture of the youth contesting program at 9A1A, by HA8RT DK6SP OE3FTA
– Open mic, Share experience on youth activities. This is the moment to share your experiences on youth activities and to ask questions to other attendees.
As tradition we will end the meeting with a group picture

Youngsters On the Air
Members of the UK YOTA team will be in HAM Radio Friedrichshafen to receive the YOTA flag.
Everyone is invited to join on Saturday 15-7-2017, 15:30 hr, the flag ceremony.
The official YOTA flag will be handed over from the YOTA Austria 2016 team to the organizers of YOTA 2017.
We hope to see you at the RSGB stand!

Youth Contest Program – Young operators visit 9A1A in Croatia

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For a while now the YCP (Youth Contest Program) event has been organized by the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) group, funded by IARU R1. It offers young hams under the age of 26 the opportunity to operate in a team during international contests from so called “Big Gun” stations around Europe. This includes the stations: ES5TV in Estonia, 4O3A in Montenegro, SK3W in Sweden or even 9A1A in Croatia. All levels of contest experience are accepted but a participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver. Also, the fun of contesting and the opportunity to learn new things about how to operate more efficiently in contests, are important points for the events success. This year three contests were announced on the webpage of YOTA to be in YCP 2017 (http://www.ham-yota.com/youth-contesting-program/).

So, on the 13th and 14th May seven Youngsters from all over Europe gathered at 9A1A station to take part in CQ-M International DX Contest. The Contest takes place on all classic shortwave bands from 160m to 10m in mixed modes, so CW and SSB. The special thing about this contest is that Multi-operator stations are allowed, but only one TX signal at any time is allowed on the air. Our Croatian hosts provided a really nice PTT interlock system at the station including software (DXLog) and hardware to assure we followed the rules.

Tomi, HA8RT, asked me at the beginning of the year if I was up for participating in a contest from somewhere abroad (and I couldn’t say NO!), so shortly after I signed up to the YCP on the YOTA website. Also Florian, OE3FTA, organizer of the YOTA Youth Camp 2016 in Wagrain, Austria, was immediately ready to join us without question. After an email giving us the all clear from our hosts in Croatia, the three of us planned our travel to Zagreb.

Tomi came by train from southern Hungary, whereas Florian came by car from Vienna. My journey was the shortest though, I checked in at Munich airport on late Friday evening and headed towards Zagreb by plane. At 22:30 local time Nikola, 9A5W, waited for me at the arrivals and afterwards we drove together about 20 minutes to the location at the heights of Kojaca. All the other participants of the Croatian Contest Club, Marina, 9A5CKM, Mihaela, 9A7MIM, Aron, 9A7ROR and Domagoj, 9A7CDZ from the local youngsters club 9A1RBZ, as well as Emil, 9A9A, Braco, 9A7R, Flo and Tomi already gathered there. After a warm welcome we had some dinner together. Afterwards, we felt really tired and went to our beds in the dormitory to gain some power for the upcoming contest.

On Sunday morning we had a rich breakfast and saw the impressive antennas in daylight.  Four towers with a height of approximately 50m astonished us. For usage in the contest we had switchable monoband yagi stacks from 10m to 40m and dipoles for 80m as well as 160m. In addition, no effort was spared, because for the low bands they provided us with beverage antennas.

After the network of the logging software and the six microkeyers, after reinstallation of their software, were fixed, we had a little team meeting in the shack and an introduction to the station.

Afterwards Tomi and I started on time at 1200 UTC with interlocked CQ on 20m and 15m CW. Meanwhile the available mults were hunted and shot on the other bands in CW and SSB. The interlock switching of hardware and software between all the stations prevented two stations transmitting at the same time. Especially in CW we managed to accumulate high QSO rates.

While we had many QSOs in the shack, the culinary well-being was not left out. Braco, 9A7R, our chef, always prepared some delicious food, from risotto to roast pork. This way we could always fill up our energy during our breaks, before we headed back towards the radio.

After about 2 hours of operating we changed from CW to SSB. Unfortunately, we had not had pileups, as expected from last year, in this mode. Shortly before dusk the nightshift began. We thought that 20m had died but fortunately we ran on that band until around 4am. High rates on 40m and 80m were mostly only doable in CW though. But we had also a lot of attention on the DXCC multipliers on every band. On Saturday morning our two female secret weapons opened up 15m and 20m SSB. Shortly after Tomi had to leave us. Emil, 9A9A, drove him to the train station in Zagreb.

But the contest was still ongoing. We had a big fight with our rivals on www.cqcontest.net, where we uploaded our score during the contest. Until 1159 UTC we fought for every QSO and for every mult and had a good reason to celebrate our result afterwards. After 2728 QSOs in 24 hours and a bit over 2 Million points we were claimed in front of UA4M and RT4F, and claimed number 1 in the world.
Many thanks for all your calls during the contest at this point!

After the contest we had a roundup and a cold ice-cream in the shack. Despite the great effort, the positive team spirit was emphasized, without which we would not have achieved this result.

Afterwards, we took some pictures of the awesome antenna forest outside. Flo left the group shortly thereafter, because he wanted to return home before the imminent storm. The Croatian Youngsters left the location shortly after Flo.

I used the time and wanted to do some activity as 9A/DK6SP on 20m. First I had a great pileup on CW with about 200 QSOs and afterwards a pileup in SSB with about 300 QSOs put into my logbook. But because of the upcoming thunderstorm we shut down the station and unplugged all the antennas from the transceiver.

A short time later, it became a blow to the dark, because a lightning bolt hit the substation in Zagreb. No more electricity around us. After a short dinner together with Nikola, 9A5W, and Emil, 9A9A, with flashlights, we could all make up for the missed sleep of the previous weekend.

When we had electricity at the station on Monday morning again, all transceivers and microkeyers were dismantled and loaded into the cars. Afterwards we left the station and Emil and I left for Zagreb.

There Marija, 9A6PAX, the daughter of Braco, 9A7R, was waiting for me to give me a tour of the city. From the foundation of Zagreb, the government buildings and the statue of Nikola Tesla to the new city, the history of the city was really well explained and shown to me. Mihaela, 9A7MIM, joined us after her lecture at the university and we sat down in a café next to the bureau of the Croatian Amateur Radio Society (HRS), where Marija works as a secretary. Local delicacies and beer ended the wonderful city tour.

Then Emil, 9A9A, picked Mihaela and me up by car to meet up with Nikola, 9A5W, again for dinner in a grill just outside the airport. We had really great local BBQ specialties there and ended the very successful and eventful weekend before I was taken back to the airport by Nikola. After about an hour and a half flight I came back exhausted, but with many new impressions, in Munich.

by Philipp, DK6SP


Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2017

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In 2017 the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of IARU R1 will be continued. Youth members from IARU R1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called “Top-Gun” stations. These young HAM’s will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team. A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.

Announced contest locations:
ES5TV ARI International DX contest (6-7 May 2017)
9A1A 9A1RBZ CQ M International DX contest (13-14 May 2017)
4O3A CQWW RTTY contest (23-24 September 2017)

Are you interested? Have a look at this page for more information.

Registration YOTA December month started

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During the month of December, several youngsters will activate callsigns with YOTA as the suffix. The idea of this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active within the hobby! Consider giving a demonstration at a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up. Let’s show this great hobby to the world!
Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever so give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby without getting impatient, we all remember our first contact.
Like previous years there will be a special award available for persons who worked several YOTA stations.

To apply for a YOTA callsign you need to follow some rules:

1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in the suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country. If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask you to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSOs must be sent as an ADIF file before 10th January 2017.
6- All QSOs must be made in December 2016.
7- This is NOT a contest; we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- Use the same YOTA callsign which was used in your country in the previous year(s)
*We are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*All applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2016.
Registration page: http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/register/

YOTA 2016 WSPR Contest results

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The winner is the callsign with the average of the 10 furthest distance contacts.

Furthest contact
Cat. A Average of 10 furthest distance contacts (km) Date Time Band Power Reporter Reporter grid Distance (km)
1 DC2CL 6525,5 14-08-16 23:46:00 20m 0,01W K4COD EM73sc 7685
2 KC2LRC 6190,3 11-8-2016 20:50 20m 0,01W I1SOP JN44lm 6534
3 PA2DK 1508 11-08-2016 19:32 20m 0,01W  LA9JO  JP99gb 2032
4 ON2TD 1105,1 11-8-2016 15:34 20m 0,01W LA9JO JP99gb 2135
Cat. B 1 7X2UV 15815,1 10-08-2016 15:38 20m 5W VK2TPM QF56of 17120
2 PD5LKM 6503,3 16-8-2016 18:02 20m 5W DP0GVN IB59uh 13620

Raspberry Pi used by PA2DK

YOTA 2016 WSPR Contest

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It’s time to start the WSPR contest with the kits we built at YOTA. We challenge all teams to take part with their kit.
Next to this we make a separate category for everyone without a kit, since there was only 1 kit per team available.

Contest rules
The contact with the longest distance wins the contest.
1200UTC Wednesday 10 August to 1200UTC Tuesday 16 August 2016
a. use the WSPR Raspberry Pi kit as built during YOTA Austria
b. use any equipment you want, max. powder 5 Watts.
Use the Excell example in the attachment to make your log. You can request the results using this database: http://wsprnet.org/drupal/wsprnet/spots

Write in the log only the 10 contacts with the furthest distance (in km).
Save the log with your callsign as title.

Send in your log latest on 20 August to austria(@)ham-yota.com

The 10 contacts with the furthest distance (in km) will be divided by 10. The person with the highest number will win the contest.