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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 Sked Every 2nd Thursday of the month

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Hi dear Youngsters on the Air,

We’re searching for you 
This is something brand new and it’s starting soon! The YOTA Skeds.
We’ll be starting this new program by Thursday, 10th of November 2016.

The aim is to bring more and more youngsters on the air, make the YOTA community bigger and do some practice on HF of course.
The YOUTH Skeds will take place every 2nd Thursday first on 20m SSB (14255 +/- QRM) at about 1830z followed by 40m SSB (7155 +/- QRM) at about 1900z for now.
Please have a look at DX-Cluster.
Leading station will be the special call DA0YOTA, operated by YOTA Team DL.

So … let this become a new must have in amateur radio!
Vy 73 de YOTA Sked Crew


Call for application: Youngsters On The Air UK 2017

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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
– 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:
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]


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.