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YOTA UK Participant’s stories #2

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YOTA UK has come to an end. Another great week where a lot of information was exchanged and many new friendships were made.

Today we have Sebbe and Michele describing the ISS contact and their experience with ham radio respectively.

YOTA UK ON8WS

Sebbe, Belgium, ON8WS

Hi, I’m Sebbe from the Belgian team and I am an amateur radio operator for 6 years. This is my first time participating in the YOTA event. The activity I liked the most was the ISS contact. In the past, I have heard a few school contats of the ISS just by using handheld radio and a directional antenna from my garden. It was one my dreams to see a space station contact in real life and thanks to YOTA, this dream has come true. This was really a once in a lifetime opportunity. We had a contact with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. We could see him live via video and he answered a lot of our questions about ham radio in space and onboard the ISS. We had some technical issues in the beginning but these were solved very quickly thanks to the ARISS operators, Nasa, and Paolo Nespoli himself. I would like to thank YOTA for this wonderful experience.

I am Michele, IZ1YPF, from Italy. Amongs all the activities we’ve been doing the foundation exam interested me a lot. It’s challenging beeing examinated in another language. Even if I got my italian full licence, was actually interesting knowing how the rules and requirements are in the UK. The tricky part was actually think withe britain’s mind set. Most of the questions were really hard to answer just because, after some years in the hobby, I forgot the proper procedures. I would say that this activity gave me a good re-education, on what are the actual laws before, during and after transmitting on the air.
I just hope to get my call, and make some qsos just before leaving the country.

YOTA UK IZ1YPF

Michele, Italy, IZ1YPF

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YOTA UK Participant’s stories #1

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YOTA UK has officially set off Saturday the 6th of August, and who better to tell you about it than the youngsters themselves.

In addition to the daily diaries made by the RSGB and the various social media updates. We will be providing short blogpost that describe some of the, radio and non-radio related, activities that the participants have been taking part in.

Today we have Gergana and Mihaela describing their visit to London and Bletchley Park respectively.

YOTA UK LZ1ZYL

Gergana, Bulgaria, LZ1ZYL

All of the participating teams in YOTA UK are divided into groups with a couple of teams per group. Every group, or stream is assigned its own stream leader who is a part of the organization team and is responsible for the teams in his stream during activities off site. On different days, the different streams go off to take part in the scheduled events. The stream leader of the Hertz stream (called that way after Heinrich Hertz) is Milo Noblet 2E0ILO. On Tuesday under his guidance we went on our way to England’s capital city London for a day of sight-seeing. First in the schedule was a guided tour through the most important administrative buildings and monuments some of which included the Palace of Westminster, the Buckingham Palace as well as the monument in honour to the women of the Second World War and the tomb of The Unknown Warrior among others. Thanks to our brilliant guide Maggie who set a friendly mood from the very beginning we learned a lot and had a great time wondering around town. In the afternoon we visited the Science Museum where we spent a few hours enjoying all the museum had to offer. After that at our request our stream leader and the guys from the organization team were kind enough to take us to the very fictional, but very exciting for Harry Potter fans platform 9 ¾ at the King’s Cross train station. When we were done taking pictures, we made our way back to the YOTA camp to prepare for the activities for the next day.

On Monday morning teams from Morse stream under the leadership of Kieran Clarke 2E0NCN went to Bletchley Park where we were divided into two groups of nine. One group stayed at the station RSGB uses to demonstrate ham radio and had the opportunity to make some QSOs and attempt communication via satellites. While the second group went on a guided tour through the museum where we learned information about Alan Turings life, what inspired him and how he came up with his machine (named the Bombe) which decoded encrypted German messages during the Second World War. In the museum we saw a replica of the Turing machine on which we had a demonstration of how it works. Then we proceeded to another part of the museum dedicated to the Lorenz Cipher and its role in the creation of a digital mode RTTY and vice versa. In the afternoon we went to do a SOTA (Summits on the air) activation. Once on site we joined forces and worked together to put the antennas up and make some QSOs in CW and SSB on 17m band. After we all made enough QSOs we got back on the minibuses and traveled back to the camp to rest for other activities during the week.

YOTA UK 9A7MIM

Mihaela, Croatia, 9A3WW

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YOTA 2016 Austria – Bulletin 2

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PDF Download: YOTA Austria Bulletin 2

To all participants:
Please read the entirety of the attached PDF, it contains IMPORTANT information about the YOTA camp!

Bulletin Contents:

  1. Arrival
  2. At the Camp
    • Language
    • Badge
    • ARISS
  3. Local Frequencies
  4. US License Exam
  5. Practical Information
    • Local Time
    • Currency
    • Credit cards
    • Climate
    • Electricity
    • Telephone calls
    • Emergency Numbers
    • Contact Information
  6. Photorights

PDF Download: YOTA Austria Bulletin 2

YOTA 2016 Austria – Bulletin 1

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YOTA 2016 Austria Bulletin 1

PDF Download: YOTA 2016 Austria Bulletin 1

To all participants:
Please read the entirety of the attached PDF, it contains IMPORTANT information about the YOTA camp!

Bulletin Contents:

  1. Friedrichshafen HAM RADIO MESSE
  2. CAMP Location
  3. Preliminary Timetable
  4. Participating Countries
  5. Checklist (proposed things to bring)
  6. Interculteral Evening information
  7. Radio Station information
  8. Homework
  9. Payment
  10. Airport Pickup/Drop Off
  11. Alcohol & Smoking Policy
  12. FAQ
  13. Contact Information

PDF Download: YOTA 2016 Austria Bulletin 1

YOTA Italy Friday

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Sea. Beach. People hanging out and just enjoying the evening. Nothing special about that. Or is there? It’s the twenty fifth of July and, essentially, the last day of the YOTA week. It started out pretty much like every other day – breakfast, energizer that was initiated by the SM team. But one could still feel that the end of an amazing week is rippling on the horizon by the sight of sullen faces and thinning audience at the D4C presentation (lead by Fabio).

Friday - D4C A contest on top of the world

Friday – D4C A contest on top of the world

After Fabio’s detailed and quite impressive introduction to the station in Capo Verde and the activities that take place there, the teams that hadn’t still taken off had to prepare a two-three minute speech for the YOTA Open Day. The concept was clear – vocalize your impression of the week on behalf of the team you belong to. Except how do you express the feelings of gratitude, satisfaction, of joy and yet – a tinge of bitterness that all is coming to an end? We came to the conclusion it wasn’t an easy task, probably even harder than CW is for absolute beginners. But we accepted the challenge anyway. We used our free time to cool down, take a breath and really think about what YOTA 2015 meant to us. As a result followed a tear-inducing get-together. It started with a presentation again, this time by Silvio, a computerized goodbye, to say so. And then there was the youngsters’ turn to speak. Although representing different countries and cultures, the feelings we shared were similar. The words came hard not because they were insincere, but because they came from the heart. We laughed together at the splendid sketch the boys from the OK team played out, which involved a comic view of the past couple of days (and a lot of pasta, pun intended). Then some more emotional words were said, to wrap up the program, and we were free to go to dinner and prepare for the farewell party at the beach. The fifth edition of Youngsters On The Air is almost at its end and it passed with the velocity of the light. We learned together, laughed together, sang together, but most importantly, we had the same meal together for seven days, and if something like that doesn’t bring strangers and friends alike closer together, then I really don’t know what does. This year, once again, we managed to prove that HAM Radio means family and that radio, whereas it is often perceived as dead or dying, is very much alive and in the hands of very talented, dedicated young people. And, above all, isn’t that what YOTA is about? Sea, beach and people hanging out. A familiar scenario, yet precious to those who are a part of it. Tomorrow will be home, or traveling to get there, but the memory of our week together will linger about long after. And the friendships we begun? Oh, these will remain forever.

Gergana
Member of Ace Team