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YOTA online – Session #2 on Thursday, 25th June 2020

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Press Release by Youngsters On The Air
Wednesday, 24.06.2020

YOTA online – Session #2

Are you ready for the second YOTA online session already?
Did you set your alarms to 25.06.20201800 UTC?

BUT WHAT IS YOTA ONLINE?

The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a newly developed program called “YOTA online”. In these monthly gatherings we will try to bring the YOTA feeling towards the online community and spread the word that there is youth in ham radio. A YOTA team consisting of active youngsters will present different topics, while answering questions from the community. There will also be a section where different recent YOTA event hosts will be able to present the highlights, while also giving participants the opportunity to share stories. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the group presenting. At the end of the event we will also do a prize raffle amongst all participants.

WHERE WILL IT BE HELD?

We will be streaming live again on our Youtube, Facebook and Twitch channels. Furthermore, we try to stream via the QO-100 geostationary satellite in DATV mode again.

Here are the links to our channels.
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/hamyota
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/hamyota
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hamyota

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions while the event takes place do not hesitate to ask them.
Please keep in mind that we will be monitoring only the chats on Facebook, Youtube and Twitch while we are streaming live. All other comments will be answered afterwards for sure.

https://www.ham-yota.com/yota-online-session-2/

 

We hope to welcome you on the show!

 

 

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Youngsters On The Air is an initiative by the IARU Region 1

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International Kids Day event on Saturday, 20th June 2020

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Press Release by Youngsters On The Air
Monday, 15.06.2020

Twice a year, ARRL – the American Radio Society – offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to the youth as well as share excitement with your family, grandkids, friends, scouts or even to the public. This day can be the first time for youth to experience a real radio QSO, hopefully they get interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator.
You could make use of this suggested exchange: Name, age, location, and favorite color.
Be sure to work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day”.

When you want to participate in IARU R1 we suggest you to use the following frequencies:

10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.080 to 7.120 MHz
80 Meters: 3.650 to 3.750 MHz

For more information please visit our homepage at https://www.ham-yota.com/kidsday-4-january-2020/.

Saturday, 20th June 2020 will be the next Kids Day activity. Of course, this one will be a bit different than the previous ones. Therefore, we recommend everyone to follow the COVID-19 guidelines in these difficult times. Nevertheless, if you are young, close to a radio and do have an amateur radio license, get on the air and share a picture of your activation via social media and tag @hamyota on Twitter and Facebook, @hamyota_official on Instagram or by email to pr@ham-yota.com until Sunday, 21st June at 2359 UTC.

We will send 1x original YOTA Hoodie in the color you like to the person who shared the coolest Kids Day activity picture with us! Check out our collection at http://www.ham-yota.com/shop/.

Please visit the ARRL homepage for participation awards and further information useful during the upcoming Kids Day activity at http://www.arrl.org/kids-day.

Let us hope we can show Amateur Radio to our friends, family, and other kids during next Kids Day activity again!

 

 

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Youngsters On The Air is an initiative by the IARU Region 1

Get in contact with us at pr@ham-yota.com

Follow us on our homepage ham-yota.com and please leave us a like on our Social Media Channels at facebook.com/hamyota, twitter.com/hamyota, instagram.com/hamyota_official, youtube.com/hamyota
twitch.tv/hamyota, tiktok.com/hamyota

YOTA online – Session #1 recording and feedback

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Press Release by Youngsters On The Air
Monday, 08.06.2020

A huge thanks to everyone watching the first YOTA online session on Thursday, 28.05.2020.
The successful session gathered more than 600 unique viewers from all continents except Oceania and Antarctica, as far as we could track. Considering this we can say that the event was indeed taking place worldwide. The session was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. For the first time ever, we have been streaming on Twitch as well. Therefore, it was a great success with a total of 30 unique viewers on this new platform bearing in mind that this was our first time using it. We also had the opportunity to stream via the Es-Hail QO-100 geostationary satellite from a QTH in Belgium using ATV mode where we received good reports as well.

The event itself begun at 1800 UTC on all platforms. After a warm welcome and a short explanation of the significance of the event, we headed over to our main topic of the day, Youth Contest Program, also known as YCP. Claudia DC2CL and Tom F4HWS, as participants of the events at LX7I and DM9EE, had talked about the program itself and answered audience questions afterwards.  Later general follower questions regarding different YOTA related topics were answered by the members of the working group. After about an hour later at 1900 UTC the night was sealed with a YOTA merchandise prize draw which was attended by around 70 people. With this first YOTA online session came to a very successful end.

If you didn’t have the chance to join the live event or just want to see all of it again, you can re-watch the recording of the event on our Youtube channel.

The YOTA online event was created by a multinational team consisting of nine people from six countries: Monty OE3VVU from Austria, Pieter ON1GPS from Belgium, Martina OK2YLQ from Czech Republic, Otava OH3OT from Finland, Claudia DC2CL, Philipp DK6SP & Markus DL8GM from Germany and Lisa PA2LS from the Netherlands.

Dozens of hours of planning were used, and several team calls were held to make the free YOTA broadcast available to everybody all over the world.

For all of those who watched the event either live or afterwards, we kindly ask you for feedback.
Please fill in our Google form or text us directly on our social media channels.
By filling the form you can also suggest topics for our future YOTA online sessions.

Our second edition of YOTA online will take place on Thursday, 25.06.2020, at 1800 UTC. Therefore, save the date already. Our team is working on an interesting new main topic to be presented in the show. We will also answer YOTA community questions again. So, if you always wanted to ask a question regarding YOTA – this is your time! Let us know by contacting us on our social media channels or by email. In the end we prepared another prize draw for all participants. See you all next time!

 

 

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Youngsters On The Air is an initiative by the IARU Region 1

Get in contact with us at pr@ham-yota.com

Follow us on our homepage ham-yota.com and please leave us a like on our Social Media Channels at facebook.com/hamyota, twitter.com/hamyota, instagram.com/hamyota_official, youtube.com/hamyota
twitch.tv/hamyota, tiktok.com/hamyota

 

YOTA online – livestreams of session #1

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Are you ready for today’s first YOTA online session already?
Did you already set your alarms to 28.05.2020 – 1800 UTC?

Here are the links to our livestreams:
Youtube – https://youtu.be/6xKnd2UN9z0
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/hamyota
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hamyota/live/
Instagram – Check the livestream within our story

If you have questions while the event takes place don’t hesitate to ask them.
Please keep in mind that we will be monitoring only the chats on Facebook, Youtube and Twitch while we are streaming. All other comments will be answered afterwards for sure.

We hope to welcome you later tonight on the show!

SAVE THE DATE: YOTA online – 28th May 2020 from 1800 UTC

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Press Release by Youngsters On The Air
Friday, 22.05.2020

WHAT?
The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a newly developed program called “YOTA online”. In these monthly gatherings we will try to bring the YOTA feeling towards the online community and spread the word that there is youth in hamradio. A YOTA team consisting of active youngsters will present different topics. While answering questions from the community there will be also a part where different recent YOTA events will be described and participant stories will be shared followed by a Q&A session with the presenters. At the end of the event we will also do a prize raffle amongst all participants.

WHY?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all planned YOTA events until September 2020 had to be cancelled or postponed. This included for example the Summer Camps in all IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3 as well as Subregional Camps, Youth Contest Programs, or our presence during the HAMRADIO fair 2020 in Friedrichshafen. This and the fact that lots of youngsters want to join YOTA activities each year lend us to create an interactive format to gather youngsters online on a regular basis.

WHERE?
The first meeting will take place on 28th May 2020 from 1800 UTC as a livestream and will take around one hour. Of course, the participation is for free and open to anyone who wants to take part worldwide. We will share the link to our server one day prior to the event on our homepage and social media channels. The event will also be livestreamed to our Youtube Channel and will be recorded to be available online at any time.

 

We hope to have the chance to welcome you in a few days during our YOTA online meeting!

 

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Youngsters On The Air is an initiative by the IARU Region 1

Get in contact with us at pr@ham-yota.com

Follow us on our homepage ham-yota.com and please leave us a like on our Social Media Channels at
facebook.com/hamyota, twitter.com/hamyota, instagram.com/hamyota_official, youtube.com/hamyota

 

Postponed – YOTA Summer Camp Croatia 2020

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Unfortunately, due to the current development of COVID-19 the following decision has been made.

It has been decided that the 10th edition of Youngsters On The Air Summer Camp will not be held in 2020.
There is luckily a light at the end of the tunnel, which is called YOTA 2021.
We are very glad to announce that the croatian amateur radio societey (HRS) will postpone the event and organize YOTA 2021 in Croatia.

We are looking forward to this event – stay safe around the world!

73 YOTA PR Team

Postponed – Region 2 Summer Camp 2020

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Press Release by YOTA Region 2:

“As of April 15, we have made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to postpone the Youth on the Air Camp until the summer of 2021.

As word of further restrictions and cancellations became public, the committee decided postponement was the best option given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and well-being of our campers, faculty, staff, and the public is our top priority. A postponement to July, 2020 was also considered.

The committee is planning for July, 2021 to host the postponed camp. Campers who were accepted to the 2020 camp will have the first chance at registering for the 2021 camp. The daily schedule and plan for the 2020 camp will be the same for the 2021 camp as much as possible apart from the dates. The committee found that July was a more accessible date for the widest range of campers to attend.

The committee is also looking at ideas for a shortened, virtual camp in the summer of 2020 so that campers can participate in limited activities from home. Details of the online “camp” information will be made available once the plan has been completed.

While many sponsors and donors have already expressed support for just keeping funds to use in 2021, refunds of donations made to the camp are being offered. Groups or individuals wishing to receive a refund should contact director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at director@youthontheair.org.”

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Please stay safe!

73 de YOTA PR Team

Cancelled – HAMRADIO + HAMCAMP Friedrichshafen 2020

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DARC (German Amateur Radio Society) and the Messe Friedrichshafen just stated that the 2020 HAMRADIO exhibition and fair are cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This also effects our YOTA booth, the Flag Ceremony, the annual International Youth Meeting as well as the HAMCAMP which is organized by the DARC Youth Department.

We are currently working on a proper solution to bring most of this stuff “On The Air” through other means – please stay tuned.

Please stay safe!

73 de YOTA PR Team

 

Youth Contest Program 2020 – LX7I + LX20I

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Report by YCP team member Tom (F4HWS):

How the ARRL DX SSB 2020 has been managed by youngsters at LX7I ?

Arriving in the farm, you are already excited by everything you see, stacks, TX, amp, anything you see motivates you a lot to enjoy the upcoming contest by doing your best.

This year was special, we were only two, Simon DL3SPS (first time at LX7I) and me, Tom F4HWS (from the 2019 YCP team!).

Because we were two, we reflected with Phillipe LX2A about the category we should enter.
The choice was quick, I would enter in SOHP40 signing as LX20I while Simon would be SOLP20 signing as LX7I.

I already said this last year, but it was one more time, the first time for me as SOSB. Because I really enjoy contesting, I looked for previous logs, previous SOHP40 ops., and previous results, in mind that in 2019 as M2 we managed to put 900 US stations on 40 in the log.

The contest itself :

At 0000 UTC, I started the contest, signing as LX20I, a special call for the 20 years anniversary of the station. Everything was great, rates were good with 200 Qs/h during the two first hours but limiting myself to go faster to avoid wrong spots and tons of dupes (seen spots as LX0I-LX2CI-LX2ZI).

At 0900 Saturday I decided to have a nap with a satisfying number of 923 Qs in the log and 54 mults. The second night was interesting, always up 7175 to get a maximum of novices in the log, even if signals were very light, the low level of noise and the tremendous propagation conditions allowed me to run few hours at 160 Qs/h without any break time, what a pleasure!

On the Sunday morning 2054 Qs were in the log, with 62 mults, fun night with sometimes hard fight with other big guns to keep my frequency clear, with always a win from the LX one, secret weapon hi.

Monday morning at 0000 UTC, LX20I end the contest with 2384 Qs (206 dupes, not included) and 62 mults. I’m pretty satisfied. During the contest even if the first place was not my goal, I had the feeling that it was not very far. It was a very interesting but hard fight against CR6T and I4VEQ, finding them on the band and listening to a pile that I couldn’t hear, especially in the morning with CR6T. After the claimed, I saw myself at the rank #2, between CR6T and I4VEQ, congrats to them for this intense run 😊.

Around the contest :

Having some extra time behind the TX giving LX to YV, KP, CM, PJ, LU, JA, and VK was cool! When you’re not in the shack, you discuss with locals and teammate Simon who was not a contester before, but he managed to put around 480 US guys in the log! We spoke during break time when he was not on the air and I was not sleeping. That represents lots of nice moments.

Around the contest, there was also support from Phillipe LX2A and other awesome club members. Speaking with them about the club, the ham activity in the area, and of course, talking with Phillipe about contesting, contests experiences and station evolution puts you lots of stars in the eyes!

To finish, I strongly recommend to those who already had a few experiences in their area, to those who don’t have access in their country to some big stations and want to compete from that kind of place, to apply asap to be the next YCP contesters!

CU in the next, LX20I op. Tom F4HWS.

Cancelled – IARU R3 Summer Camp, Subregional Camp HA, YCP at EC2DX

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Unfortunately, we have to announce more cancellations of upcoming YOTA events due to COVID-19 also known as Corona-Virus.

This includes the upcoming IARU Region 3 Summer Camp in Thailand, the YOTA Subregional Camp in Hungary as well as the Youth Contest Program at EC2DX in Spain.

The mentioned events are all postponed to a later moment already when spreading of the virus calms down.
Participants will be directly contacted by the organizers.


Currently cancelled YOTA Events:

  • BOTA Subregional Camp in Serbia
  • NOTA Subregional Camp in Norway
  • Subregional Camp in Hungary
  • IARU Region 3 Summer Camp in Thailand
  • YCP at 9A1A in Croatia
  • YCP at EC2DX in Spain

Info:
We are in close contact with the organizers to check possibilities to postpone these youth events to a later date!


Thanks for your understanding and stay safe at your homes around the world!

73 de YOTA Staff