The 7th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place in the United Kingdom. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will be hosting this event led by its very own Youth Committee and supported by a dedicated organising committee.
The venue will be Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting, set in many acres of woodland north west of London, and easily accessible from a number of airports, the railway network and with good road access. The site has some great facilities and a dedicated radio shack, complete with a number of antenna towers and beams.
2017 will see a week of activities that comprises of a great mix of amateur radio related activities and general fun! Here’s a brief summary from the draft activities plan:
– Intercultural evening
– Visit to the historic Bletchley Park (home to the National Radio Centre and the codebreakers who managed to crack the Enigma code)
– A day in London to explore its Science Museum, famous landmarks, and maybe do some souvenir shopping
– Building your own radio kits
– UK Foundation Licence Practical Assessments and Exam
– Build your own radio receiver
– Take part in the EU HF Contest
– Operate the GB17YOTA station
– Rifle shooting , kayaking , raft building, archery , zip wire, leap of faith
– Antenna Building & SOTA Activation
Much more to come! It will be a great experience for all participants which they will never forget. To get a better feeling about this, have a look at the gallery and movies from previous events.
When: 5th to 12th August 2017
Each IARU R1 member society is invited to take part with a team. A team may consist of maximum 3 people, 2 people with the age 15-25 years plus one person who is dedicated as team leader.
All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.
We ask member societies to select motivated participants and preference to participants who have not attended a YOTA camp before.
Team leaders should be appropriately qualified to lead young people and also able and willing to take part in the activity programme.
A team leader must be in the age range 18-30 years, the ability to manage a team of youngsters is most important.
Location: Gilwell Park, North London.
Fees: €50 per participant
All other costs (accommodation, food, activities) will be covered.
Travel to the UK is the responsibility of the visiting Team. The event will collect Teams from local airports (Luton, Stanstead, Heathrow) or Chingford Railway Station.
If your member society is interested to participate, please respond to [email protected] by 31st December 2016 by sending in this application form. Remember, there is a limit of 80 participants. Make sure you will apply in time. We will announce the participating countries shortly after the deadline.
For any questions, please contact [email protected]
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/
The winner is the callsign with the average of the 10 furthest distance contacts.
|Cat. A||Average of 10 furthest distance contacts (km)||Date||Time||Band||Power||Reporter||Reporter grid||Distance (km)|
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.
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.
This Saturday, 16th of July, already the 6th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place. Over 100 youngsters from 30 member societies, including an IARU Region 2 team from USA, will travel to Wagrain in the Austrian mountains.
This edition will be organized by OeVSV which is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary.
The youngsters will be having a lot of fun with amateur radio, there will be many workshops, they will be optimizing their skills in electronics and contesting and will make new international friends. To name some activities from the exciting program: SOTA, COTA, propagation in an ice cave, homebrew HF antenna and using the same antenna in the mountains as a SOTA station, HAMNET, working with a Raspberry Pi and making a WSPR beacon out of this or use it with DV4mini for digital voice and the famous intercultural evening where everyone brings food and drinks from their home country. On Monday 10:25 UTC there will even be a telebridge ARISS contact with astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ, which will give the youth an unforgettable experience. All this is only a small selection of the program.
More info and real live updates of the event are available here.
If you would like to make a QSO with one of the youngsters, listen for OE2YOTA which will be on air on most bands in several modes.
The 5th International Youth Meeting took place during HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. Youth, youth coordinators, youth workers and interested persons from at least 12 countries joined the meeting. In this meeting we had 3 interesting lectures. Click on the title to download the available presentations:
La Radio è Giovane: YOTA the italian way – Silvio Gaggini IZ5DIY, Alex Carletti IV3KKW
(Statistics) about the success of ham radio training in Germany – Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH
HAM Radio training in the Berlin area – Lars Weiler DC4LW
We all gained new information, spread knowledge and have new ideas for the future.
We are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 25-6-2015
Place: Room Liechtenstein
With the following lectures:
La Radio è Giovane: YOTA the italian way – Silvio Gaggini IZ5DIY, Alex Carletti IV3KKW
(Statistics) about the success of ham radio training in Germany – Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH, Lars Weiler DC4LW
Youngsters On the Air
Host OEVSV of YOTA 2016 is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary. OEVSV is inviting youngsters to meet at their booth in hall A1 which will be fully in YOTA theme!
Everyone is invited to join on Saturday 25-6-2016, 15:30 hr, the flag ceremony. The official YOTA flag will be handed over from the YOTA Italy 2015 team to the organizers of YOTA 2016.
We hope to see you at the OEVSV booth!
In 2016 we continued IARU R1’s Youth Contesting Program (YCP). Youth from Region 1 travelled to the station of ES5TV (ES9C) and took part in the ARI International DX contest while another group went to 9A1A to take part in the CQ-M International DX contest.
The youngsters have written down a summary of the amazing experience they had during both contests, you can read them below:
Peter (SA2BLV) from Sweden, Teodora (LZ2CWW) from Bulgaria, Dagi from ET3AA club station in Ethiopia and Fiodor (IZ7YBG) from Italy travelled to compete together with ES youngsters (ES7GM, ES5HTA) and a few local old timers at the station of ES5TV. The goal of winning the world was supposedly met with plenty of margin despite horrible propagation and somewhat limited contesting experience. Everyone was able to try out contesting in 3 different modes and 3 different operating positions (RUN/S&P/MULT). Having all the stations interlocked to each other provided the ops with a great challenge of trying to synchronize with each other’s transmissions and avoiding getting killed by the mad RUN op who was blocked by 4 different stations all the time. Due to having another contester born into my family (ES5TV) Sunday morning I was not able to be present but everyone was having plenty of fun without it. Not to mention abundance of food prepared by Tonu, ES2DW on constant basis.
In total 1848 QSOs were made in Phone, CW and RTTY. Score: 3,086,350
Once again, the Croatian DX Club 9A1A, had the pleasure of being the host of the IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Programme. Young contesters came from Hungary to participate in the CQ-M International DX Contest together with our club youngsters.
The members of the contesting team were the Hungarian youngsters Tomi (HA9T) and Novice OP Gabor; 9A1A young team members Mihaela (9A7MIM), Domagoj (9A7CDZ), Eugen (9A5AEV), Marina (9A5CKM), and Luka (9A5CPL); and experienced 9A1A team members Emil (9A9A), Braco (9A7R) and Nikola (9A5W).
The youngsters arrived on the contest location on Friday May 13th where they spent the late afternoon and evening talking about the SAC SSB event, YOTA 2015 and future YOTA activities.
On Saturday morning in accordance to the contest rules the team prepared a strategy. With goal of allowing the young part of the team to handle the majority of the contesting participation.
We used the 9A1A call throughout the event. Equipment set up was as it is for Multi-Multi but with use of Multi OP-single transmitter contest rules. Propagation conditions were nice. A big surprise was that the there were 10 meter band openings on both days. As Saturday and Sunday were very rainy days, even with heavy rain showers, beverage antennas helped a lot to receive signals on 160, 80 and 40 meters bands.
Within 24 hours, 2273 QSOs were logged of which 90% were logged by youngsters!
It was obvious that they really enjoyed huge pile-ups on all bands after band or mode exchange.
Main business for 9A9A, 9A7R and 9A5W was coordination of band and mode use of the running station and multipliers.
In the end we achieved a promising score and we expect to be have top results in MOST categories.
Braco, 9A7R, was our main chef and took care of preparing food in big quantity and excellent quality.
Event impressions are excellent. Bigger than after SAC contest. World wide and multi mode contest gave the youngsters more fun and dynamcs in making QSOs. All of them agreed that in future 9A1A should organize YCP in such type of the contest.
Event was closed Sunday afternoon with pan-cakes in Velika Gorica, a city 17 km away from the contesting location. This city is also the was arrival and departure location for Tomi, HA9T and Gabor.
It was another nice occasion to exchange contest impressions, speaking about the possibility of a new YCP event in the second half of 2016 and in case that we repeat YCP participation in CQM 2017 how to improve QSO rates like some Russian stations did this year.
The youngsters’ future plans in amateur radio were also discussed, where less experienced youngsters told us about their plans, specialy regarding knowledge of Morse code.