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December YOTA Month 2017 has started!

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It is finally December and we are excited to announce, that December YOTA Month has officially begun! It is time to get on the bands again to spread the YOTA spirit and have fun while showing young people how amateur radio is not only alive, but also active and ready to grow as an activity even in a world, where communication is by other means faster. December YOTA Month also encourages us who already have our licenses to come together as a community and interact even more actively. The readiness and eagerness of societies around the world to partake is each year proved by the number of registered stations that we have; this year more than 35 stations with a YOTA suffix were registered and will be on the bands for all of us to try and make a QSO with.

If you are interested in knowing more about the stations that are taking part in DYM you can check the main website www.ham-yota.com or the event’s website https://events.ham-yota.com/ for more information about them.

Last but definitely not least, we always love to receive feedback on your experience during December YOTA Month as it is a mirror of our work and helps us improve! Furthermore it’s a great way to share impressions with fellow HAMs and everybody who for some reason is not able to get on the bands to feel included in the event. This is why we encourage you to send us your stories and of course pictures that we will share on our page.

With all the formalities out of our way, we wish you a December full of QSOs in the local club or at home and perhaps many new editions to the local amateur radio society. Don’t forget that December YOTA Month is not a competition – it’s all about having fun and spreading the spirit here!

See you in the log during December!

Article: Gergana, LZ1ZYL
Picture: Claudia, DC2CL

Youngsters at A44A in Oman

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During the last weekend of October a group of youngsters successfully participated in CQWW SSB 2017 contest from A44A station. After arriving on Thursday morning in Muscat we immediately headed to the station. Together with the team, we started to prepare the location for the contest including tuning antennas to SSB etc. The next step was to create a well thought out operating plan. The contest started at 0400 local time. During the entire 48h we experienced amazing teamwork and hospitality even though we have been in a very tight race with A73A in Multi/Multi category from Qatar. For the time of our visit we stayed at a villa next to the station and the beach at Oman sea. Unfortunately, we did not plan enough time for visiting places around Muscat. Still the team did a great job to show us the must sees, e.g. Jeep tour in the omani desert, Muscat city, traditional places and many more. Furthermore we had the great opportunity to meet up with two good friends we met at YOTA 2015 in Italy and spent some quality time together. At the end it looks like our competitors from Qatar may have worked some more stations … but we will see after logcheck.

We would like to thank the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) as well as all team members of A44A / A47RS for making this beautiful trip a real success.

73 de Philipp, A45VG (DK6SP) – Flo, A45VH (OE3FTA)

 

 

YOTA is this week in the UK, listen out for GB17YOTA

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80 Youngsters from 26 countries will be enjoying an exciting week in the UK. A week full of ham radio and making new international friends.

They are taking part in an interesting program, here a few highlights:
– Tuesday an ARISS contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli
– Intercultural evening where everyone brings food from their home country
– Kit building
– SOTA activity
– Visit to London, Bletchley Park and Ofcom
– Operating the station GB17YOTA, in all kind of digital modes, CW and Phone
– ARDF
– All youngsters will be taking part in the UK foundation license exam

These daily diaries are giving a brief summary of the activities they have joined. Take a look.
Follow the youngsters on the RSGB and YOTA social media pages.

YCP contest at 4O3A cancelled

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Unfortunately we have to cancel the next contest in the Youth Contesting Program which was planned at 4O3A. It was scheduled to take part with a youth team in the CQWW RTTY contest next September.
4O3A suffered from fire in the area for a week. Luckily the station house survived. All cables, boxes and control units outside the house suffered from the fire. The pictures are showing the impact of the fire.
4O3A will be rebuilding the station soon and will be available again for YCP.

YOTA vlog #13 with Kevin G0PEK and Lauren M6HLR

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Father-and-daughter-team Kevin, G0PEK and Lauren, M6HLR will speak to YOTA teams during the week about their experiences on the UK hills and mountains. Following that, team members will build a portable antenna and take it up the nearest official summit, Wendover Woods, G/CE-005.

Before the event, 11-year-old Lauren plans to have just finished activating all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District – a great achievement which will give her lots of experiences to share!

Take a look at this and all the other YOTA vlogs and info on the RSGB website – www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs

International Youth Meeting and YOTA flag hand over at HAM Radio

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Last weekend the IARU R1 International Youth meeting took place at HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. An enthusiastic group of young people and youth workers attended the meeting. Philipp DK6SP and Florian OE3FTA gave a presentation about their experiences in IARU R1’s youth contesting program at 9A1A. Find here the presentation.
The meeting ended with a discussion where many youngsters and youth coordinators shared their experiences on youth activities in several IARU R1 member societies.
A few highlights:

  • HamCamp had this year more than 100 participants, mostly youth
  • A youth team activated for a weekend PA6YOTA and PD6YOTA from club station PI4CC
  • Many Italian youngsters attended the meeting and shared several activities, such as taking part in a contest from IY4FGM, the location where Marconi transmitted the first radio signals
  • OeVSV shared their positive experiences of hosting YOTA 2016 in Austria
  • Radio amateurs from Japan and the USA joined the meeting, with interest of bringing Youngsters On The Air to IARU Region 2 and 3

 

YOTA key and flag hand over
On Saturday afternoon the official YOTA flag was literally brought from OeVSV booth to the RSGB booth under loud cheering of a group of youngsters. With a ceremony at the RSGB booth the flag and morse key where handed over from the Austrian youngsters to the British youngsters. Which means YOTA UK is now almost going to start, with only 3 weeks left. We are looking forward to the event which will welcome more than 80 participants from around 30 member societies.

Daily YOTA Update #2 – FHN 2017

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Daily YOTA UPDATE #2 from the HamRadio in Friedrichshafen 2017.

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Daily YOTA Update #1 – FHN 2017

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Daily YOTA UPDATE #1 from the HamRadio in Friedrichshafen 2017.

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