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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.

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

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YOTA Austria is about to start

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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.


International Youth Meeting

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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.

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YASME foundation announces grants to support youth involvement in Amateur Radio

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As you probabbly already know, the sixth edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place in July 2016 in Wagrain, Austria. Over 100 young amateurs from all IARU regions will gather in the Austrian Alps to participate in a series of programs and workshops about amateur radio as well as inter-cultural exchanges and social interaction. Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work together across national borders and ethnicities in the best “ham spirit” of friendship. Today we got the good news that the Yasme Board is pleased to assist in helping young amateurs attend this meeting that otherwise would be unable to attend.

Read all about it in the official YASME press release!


IARU R1 Youth activities – HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

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We are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 25-6-2015
Time: 10.00
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!


YOTA @ Ham Radio 2016 Friedrichshafen

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As you know, we want to give our international visitors opportunities they would not have elsewhere and we want to make the experience unforgettable.
The Austrian amateur radio society has been celebrating their 90 years of existence by looking back at their past. Now, we are ready to look at our future and will do so at the ham-radio fair in Friedrichshafen by celebrating the OEVSV’s 90th anniversary and by setting the Youngsters On The Air program as its top priority not only for this year but for the future of existence. We hope to meet lots of youngsters at the booth of OEVSV and YOTA in hall A1!
Of course we will try to raise some more money from sponsors and donations at the Ham-Radio to be able to make the camp even better and offer you the best possible experience with gadgets such as raspberry pi computers and more!

Make sure to come and check out all the new gadgets and radios we plan to reveal this year!
Also keep in mind that our merchandise shop is online and fully stocked with awesome clothes and accessories. Profits will go directly to YOTA!

We hope to see you all at Friedrichshafen at the YOTA and Oevsv booths!

If not, see you in Wagrain, your Yota-Austria Team!


Youth Contesting at ES9C and 9A1A

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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).

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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.


YOTA Logos

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Hey All!

Have you ever wanted to express your feelings for YOTA? Mention us on your QRZ.com page, facebook page or whatever floats your boat? Now you can! Feel free to use these logos online or on social media. Oh, don’t forget to mention our website!

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Yentel – ON3YH