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Train the Trainer report – Austria – February 2018

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At the beginning of 2019 the Youngsters in Austria were working together on some international YOTA projects, for example the YOTA online shop where you can buy clothes and accessories with YOTA branding. Of course the profits go to support YOTA projects such as the summer camp. Furthermore we were meeting to plan events in the summer months. Most of our plans are for the summer holiday period for 2 reasons. Firstly the weather makes outdoor activities much more enjoyable so it is possible to organise camping trips and field days for example. Furthermore  most youngsters are still at school or university so in the holidays they have time and are not worrying about exams and the like. We have some big plans, however we can’t talk about them just yet.

Furthermore some of the youngsters were preparing for future contest operations by acquiring new masts for the contest station oe1w where there are always many youngsters helping out building the station and operating. Another activity which we are preparing and which will happen soon is the expansion of the antenna system in the Austrian club’s headquarter station. A 12 metre Hummel mast and a 4 square will be added to the station soon. Most of the construction, mounting antennas etc. is done by youngsters. It’s always a fun day of working together on such projects. These kind of get togethers are also the perfect opportunity to introduce new youngsters to the community and to show them the kind of fun things that we do.

Train the Trainer report – Sweden – February 2018

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Swedish team report ”The start of 2019”

What are we working with right now?
Right now we are planning the trip to NOTA in april (which we are looking forward to a lot!) while trying to recruit as many people as possible to join. We have also started planning for the autumn events via meeting over skype.

What are our goals?
We continue with the same goals as in the last report. That is to keep regular activities each year as follows:
To give the Swedish youth an opportunity to get friends and further get into the hobby. YOTA
For youngsters to develop more fun ideas to bring back home to our activities.
Fall weekend event
A smaller follow up event to meet our NOTA friends in Sweden from the previous NOTA and for the youngsters who did not manage to participate in NOTA.
3 December YOTA events
Lighter, more casual events at three club stations for the youngsters to get active with the exciting DYM-Signal during three entire weekends (fri-sun).

When a youngster who has never before heard of amateur radio asks you what it is, how do you explain it in a few short sentences?
Ham radio is a way to talk with basically anyone anywhere, you only need a radio and an antenna and you are off! And yes, of course there’s internet and mobile phones that makes it possible to talk to anyone in a very simple way, but that is not the point for us. We can compare it with sailing as an example, even though you can take the ferry to Islands such as Gotland, people still sail. Radio is a hobby just like sailing which gives you more control over what you are doing while you can continue to learn even more about it.

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73 de Team Sweden!

Train the Trainer report – Slovakia – February 2018

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Ham exams took place in February. Four students of our course gain courage and managed their Novice class. Another three members of OM3KFF upgraded themselves to Extra class. Now, we will have more time for practice and also we are going to start Morse code lessons.

We also use contests for training of beginners, mainly SSB and RTTY. We did part time easy operation in CQWW SSB, Mexico RTTY, CQ WPX RTTY. CQ 160m SSB, ARRL SSB and CQ WPX SSB are following soon.

I gathered participants for summer YOTA camp in Bulgaria who replied public call. After discussion with youngsters and their parents, we agreed a new team leader (Bety OM1DP).

…how do you explain it in a few short sentences?

Amateur radio is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. 

Train the Trainer report – Czech Republic – February 2018

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OK team February report

During the winter we have some interesting contests in OK. So we were sure to take part in them. First was 2m Christmas contest where OL18YOTA made huge success by taking 4th place in Adult Multi category, Martina will tell you more. In February there is 2m/70cm QRP contest. Honza has really adventurous story from this contest. So keep reading.


Under a callsign OL18YOTA we took a part in the Christmas contest.
Contest was on 26th December, in two parts from 08.00 – 11.00 and 12.00 – 15.00 UTC.
With the ICOM IC-7600, TR 144 H, PA-800W and 2 x 10 el. Yagi antenna we did 204 QSOs. Best DX was DL1KFS with 838 km. This number of QSOs brought us the 4th place in the Multi category 144MHz. For some of us it was the first time in Christmas contest and also the first longer contest.

Martina OK2YLQ


One of the best opportunities for real men is the annual Winter QRP contest held every year on 1st Sunday of February. The contest starts at 9:00 UTC and consists of two separate two-hours periods – first on 70 cm and second on 2 m bands. Only 10 W power output is permitted, so the best way how to win the first place (awarded by the little „snowman“ statuette) is participation from the highest hill you can find in your neighborhood. But imagine, that it’s winter time and in Czech republic there is normally about approximately two meters of snow cover in the mountains!

Two teams of youngsters decided to participate this tough event this year – Martina OK2YLQ (17) took part from home and tried to give some points to as many portable stations as possible, and Honza OK1JD (24) made a choice to take part from the Velka Destna hill (1115 m asl) with intention to reach at least one of the first three places in each category. Here is his story:

„Sometimes in December I made a choice to take part in the Winter QRP contest on VHF/UHF. And because I have never participated this competition before, I didn’t realise that portable operation in winter from mountains is not so easy as I imagined. So I decided to visit the highest hill nearby – Velka Destna (asl 1115 m). I persuaded also my friend Martin (he is not a ham) to come with me, because I needed someone to help me with all the necessary equipment – FT-817, batteries, 6 el and 10 el yagis, tent, shovel, and so on.
Our little expedition started at 7 am when we packed the car and in 40 minutes we reached the parking place in 900 m asl, 3,5 km far from the top of the hill. First three kilometers were quite easy. The „road“ went through the forest, so the 80 km/h wind (which we expected according to the weather forecast) was not a problem so far. But the last 200 meters to the top were a real hell – every second step we falled down into the snow cover so deeply, that it was very physically difficult to stand up again, especially with heavy backpacks. Aprx. 30 minutes before contest we started to build the tent and both antennas. In the strong freezing wind it was not so easy and we finally started our CQ´s almost 40 minutes after the beginning of the contest!

Because of bad propagation, short antennas, terrible FT-817 (it is really not a TRX for a real contesting HI), icing and of course because of the lack experiences with this contest (it was our first participation) we reached only 24 QSO´s on 70 cm and 52 QSO´s on 2 m. So the result was a far far away from our expectations (we wanted to manage 40 QSO on 70 cm and minimally 65 QSO on 2 m).

Nevertheless the most important thing than number of QSO´s is the excellent feeling that we managed this hard challenge and even when the nature is against you, you can deal with that and you overcome yourself. Looking forward the W QRP 2020!

Honza OK1JD

Train the Trainer report – Germany – February 2018

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How to explain amateur radio

Explaining amateur radio in a few sentences can be quite challenging. Here are a few ideas collected from german youngsters:

“We use radios to call out into the whole world, waiting for a response from someone. We don’t care at all about who is coming back, we’re excited about who is answering and where our signal was received. We might even get an answer from countries of which we don’t know much about.”

“It’s comparable with a random chat with someone around the world. But the main point is that we use our own communication system with radios and antennas, so we’re completely independent of the internet, mobile or telephone network.”

“As radio amateurs we deal with a lot of different topics from natural sciences, e.g. satellite radio, contacts through the world with less power or electronic self-building projects.”

A possible counter-question to why we still concern ourselves with amateur radio these days is

“Why is horse-riding still a popular hobby, if there are cars, trains and airplanes?”

Besides all the colloquial explaining, it might be still the best idea to actually show, what ham radio is. A possible way to do so is to introduce it through school or local youth activities, e.g. a small fox hunt, some on-air-activities or a classical introductory course to soldering.
As an example: This was just done by an active radio club (DARC E09 near Hamburg) where they organized some activities for an open-door day in the mid of February at a school in their town.

TrainTheTrainer-report: Update February

We‘re finally looking forward to our Subregional Camp in Baunatal in March! During the last two months we focused on everything concerning the camp.

Besides a lot of organizing points, we also tried to advertise our camp as well as possible, so that nearly every youngster knows about it. This includes: promoting the camp on the DARC website, post on the social media accounts of the DARC and YOTA as well as reposting it, writing a general email to all young DARC members, advertising in the CQDL magazine (German ham radio magazine) and also directly contacting youngsters.

It actually worked well since the camp is completely full and we also got a high number of participants from Germany itself.

Besides the planned activities for all youngsters, we want to use the chance to get to know the German youth and try to figure out, what they think about youngsters in amateur radio and what kind of youth activities they’re interested in. Together with them and depending on all youngsters preferences, we want to find a strategy, how we can improve the youth situation in general.

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Train the Trainer report – Finland – February 2018

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Here is our report no. 3. And pictures can be found here:

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Also our Instagram is @nordicsontheair


Next two months won’t only make a big difference for young Finnish hams, but it will also be a step ahead for whole Nordic European amateur radio community! As we have mentioned before in December Train The Trainer report, we are organising a sub-regional YOTA-camp, NOTA (Nordics On The Air) In Finland.

The camp, which was held in Sweden last year, will happen in Southern Finland this April from 19th to 22nd. The Programme of the event will be similar to YOTA camps including, for example, beginner-friendly radio orienteering, working from OH2YOTA, popular intercultural evening and of course, sauna, the Finnish way of having conversations!

Even though the camp is mainly meant for Nordic youngsters, we also welcome people from everywhere else in Europe! Be quick, we have a limited amount of places for participants and the sign up closes on February 24!

In the next two months, Finnish youth will be represented in the spring event and biannual meeting of Finnish Amateur Radio League. As usual, youngsters will be taking part in the event as well as helping in organizing it. Also, amateur radio hobby will be advertised in a couple of fairs during the end of winter and spring. In later 2019, we will be organizing more camps to get the youngsters better into the community.

Biggest problems in getting new youngsters are usually in them, people just aren’t interested anymore or on the other hand don’t have either time or resources for the hobby. In Finland, we have a great experience in recruiting new people to the hobby. How we describe the hobby to a youngster goes something like this: Amateur radio is about being international, making contacts with other radio amateurs all over the world, and of course, making new friends. These are not the only things that this hobby has to offer, there is something for everyone!




Train the Trainer report – Ethiopia – February 2018

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With the collaboration of Addis Ababa University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a seminar has been organized which was presented by Ken Claerbout (K4ZW). In this seminar, an overview of last December’s HF propagation study of the 1.8 MHz and 3.5 MHz presented. Attendees have also gained awareness about aspects of HF radio propagation, the unique challenges of the 1.8 MHz and 3.5 MHz bands, lessons learned, and technology available to improve reliability.


For the last couple of months, we have focused more on equipping the new youngsters with the necessary skill and knowledge that would help them to become a better amateur radio operator. Currently, the new youngsters can perfectly operate on SSB and FT8 modes.


We have organized a small workshop that emphasized on creating awareness about amateur radio. In this workshop, an overview of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS) presented and the attendees have also visited the society’s only club station, located at Addis Ababa University.

Plan for the Next Two Months

  • Recruiting new youngsters
  • Kit building

Thanks for Reading!

The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA)

February 2019

Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – February 2018

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Train the Trainer report

14 February 2019

ACTIVITIES SINCE 18th OF December 2018

  • ●  Haroldas LY5IM has been further working on the High-Altitude Balloon project. The website is being further developed (​​) .The balloon project has aired on national television alongside with LY5IM Haroldas, LY3FF Vilius and LY2EN Simonas Kareiva, telling more about the hobby of amateur radio itself . The video can be found at the ending of the report.
  • ●  Software and hardware for the baloon are being tested.
  • ●  Domantas, LY1JA has been developing Amateur radio manual for beginners.
  • ●  People of all backgrounds are periodically invited to participate in ARDF activities,however as it is winter, there were not that many volunteers. 10 new ARDF

    receivers are built to be available for newcomers for the next season.

  • ●  Vilnius University club members on a regular basis have brought interested peopleto the radio station in order to gain new people. As of last month we have a new

    club member – Gedas LY5GK.

  • ●  A news article featuring radio sport about Simas LY3EU was published [2].
  • ●  Simonas Kareiva has also presented the hobby during national LRT radio show„Ryto garsai“ [3], and LRT TV show “Savaitė“ [4]. During both occasions, the

    hobby was presented to a wide public.

  • ●  Over 1400 qsos were made during the YOTA activity month on air.PLANS FOR NEXT 2 MONTHS
  1. Continue working with new interested people;
  2. Further work towards LY high altitude amateur radio balloon experiment;
  3. As the weather gets warmer – start doing portable and ARDF activities (ARDFseason starts on 11th of Mar)


  1. Further improvements on Amateur Radio manual site to make it international guide to amateur radio;
  2. Lithuanian amateur radio society youth committee expansion, participation in amateur radio related activities – the yearly meeting will take place this March, suggestion for youth committee have been already proposed;
  3. Design of memorable apparel and stickers to give exposure to amateur radio and the hobbyists themselves;
  4. Connecting Lithuanian amateur clubs into one single network: having synchronised calendar of upcoming activities, creating a discussion thread online, hosting all-club summit;

Special question: When a youngster who has never before heard of amateur radio asks you what it is, how do you explain it in a few short sentences?

We had a few suggestions…:

Train the Trainer report – USA – February 2018

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In the past few months, a lot has happened with Train the Trainer in the USA.  Our main focus these past few months has been the YOTA month and what we call “CQ Santa.”  CQ Santa is where we set up a station at a local hardware store and let kids of all ages talk to Santa over the air.  This year, fourteen kids got to talk to Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas, along with any questions they had about him or his reindeer.  Our plan is to do this in the coming years as well.

YOTA month was slower than we expected, but we were able to make over 1000 contacts.  Many of these contacts were made by young hams helping kids and kids at heart (a.k.a. adults) get on the air for the first time and experience amateur radio.  There is nothing like the feeling a kid gets when they call CQ for the first time and someone answers them from another country, or even just another state.

One other thing has contributed to Train the Trainer.  Faith Hannah (AE4FH and the author of this report), Hope (KM4IPF), and their dad James (WX4TV) did a four-day DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas (112 km off Key West, Florida in the USA) using the callsign N4T.  During this, we were able to educate around five people in person about amateur radio.  One of these people was a ham that was camping.  He heard us on the air and went scouring the island to find us and ask us what we were doing.  Eventually he found us and, after explaining what was going on, we got him on satellite for the first time ever.  He was extremely excited to have talked to someone through a 10 cm by 10 cm cube flying through space.  Most of the encouraging of youngsters that we did was talking to them on the air.  We were able to work around ten kids from all over the USA and Mexico.  The girl from Mexico that we worked was excited about talking to another girl.  This contact gave me a chance to encourage her to pursue the hobby.  Seeing that she was having trouble understanding English over the radio, I talked to her in Spanish when I could to help her out.  After all, that could have been her first time on the air.

In the future, we plan to continue our YouTube channel Ham Radio (dot) World, where we have been able to inspire people of all ages to get their license.  We are also considering a YOTA day, which was described in the last Train the Trainer report.  In the next few years we hope to have a YOTA summer camp in the USA.  We plan to have events throughout the year where we set up a station and allow anybody to get on the air for the first time.  We also plan to spread the word of ham radio by going to hamfests and encouraging people to get active on the bands.

Train the Trainer report – Macedonia – February 2018

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Firstly, the YOTA Month 2018 was a bigger success in Macedonia than the one in 2017, since the number of youngsters participating in the event increased by a lot. As opposed to last year, when only a handful of young hams took up the activity, this year many more joined us, even ones who hadn’t been active on the air very much before. Together, on both callsigns, we made around 1000 QSOs. Even though that is relatively few, we still consider it a success and improvement as it was an opportunity to introduce at least ten new young hams to the hobby. We hope that their respective mentors do not wait until next December to activate them again, and instead provide them with the skills required to work QSOs year-round.

Alongside last year’s participants Andrej Mickov Z33RTF, Andrej Antunovic Z35TUN and Veljan Gjorgiov Z33C, joined this year by Vane Jovanov Z31VAJ, the YOTA Month also proved to be great motivation for youngsters who did not have a licence yet to get into the hobby. These were:

  • Ivan Stoilkov, age 12
  • Metodi Donev, age 12
  • Ivan Zafirov, age 14
  • Darko Gjorgievski, age 14
  • Boban Gerasimovski, age 14
  • Mia Zakev, age 10
  • Stefan Jovanov, age 10
  • Stefan Trajkovski, age 10

Specially mentioned are Lina Janeku via her mentor Petrika Janeku Z34PEC, Petar Hristovski who at 10 years old made his first QSO during the activity, and Neda Koceva, mentored by her father Igor Kocev Z33IKN, whose photo of her operating a rig in Gazi Baba Park became viral among the ham community on Twitter and Facebook.

Moreover, six people under the age of 14 passed the licence exam and now have their own callsigns. These youngsters also participated in the IARU Kids Day on 5 January this year.

It has to be said that the activities during the month of December were predominantly during the weekends, because the youngsters had school obligations as part of the end of the semester, as well as because of the lack of fixed stations in Skopje and Stip, where instead the youngsters worked /P or from the contest location in Sushevo.

While so far the majority of young ham activity has been centered in Bitola and Skopje, in the year 2019, the Radioamateur Society of Macedonia will invest more time in activating the other cities and towns of Macedonia where there is potential for activity, as well as an abundance of more experienced hams, who can mentor the youngsters.

Recently there has been an interest in setting up stations for remote use, with the reasoning that youngsters can now work QSOs from home during the school days. This solves the issue of some youngsters not having access to a local radio club or station. By no means is it meant to replace regular club activity, as that is a vital part of the hobby, but instead to boost activity by Macedonian youngsters on the air in periods when they are too busy to go to a club. Remote stations were implemented by Z35TUN and Z33RTF in the Radio Club “Stevo Patako” in Bitola and by Z33C in his local radio club in Kavadarci.


73, and we will hopefully report back in two months with more good news.

DE Z35TUN Andrej Antunovic