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Train the Trainer report – Albania – October 2019

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Albanian radio ham youngsters.

Our team participated for the first time in a YOTA activity and was an honour for me to be the leader of the albanian team. This experience motivated us to keep going and better ourselves. As difficult as it is to be a radio amateur in Albania we are committed to push forward and to bring more people in. With the help of all the presentations and the tips that were given we now are trying to implement those to our reality. Also thanks to YOTA we know have friends from different countries and are so happy to share experience and learn from each other .

Our group consists of 10 licensed youngsters, from which just 5 of us are active. We try to find a day in which we can come together to operate on the radio. Now it has become more hard as we go to different universities.

After YOTA I have come with some ideas and I have communicated them to the rest of the  team. To make those ideas come true we need funding and that’s what we have tried to do .

We went on the open sports day and presented our sport to the locals. Which were curious enough to listen to us and showed interest in it.

We have found it difficult to make those ideas reality because of the wrong idea people have for our sport and the lack of funding from the government.

For now we are just focusing on creating new time tables with the days and the hours of the week in which we can operate from the radio station( for lack of our own radios) and also on the new classes for beginners who were intrested from the open sport day.

We look forward for any tips.


Ledina Kamami, ZA1LK

Train the Trainer report – Romania – October 2019

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When the YO team returned from this year’s YOTA camp, the girls were very excited and eager to learn more and to help spread the word about this hobby. The HST world championships were approaching though and the first month was a bit of a slow burn because even though some people from the society (the ones who made it possible for the team to take part in YOTA this year) were interested in doing more and helping the youngsters do more, championships at the moment still take priority since they require quite a bit of funding.

Still, right after the camp, the YO team wrote a report on their experience there which was posted on the society’s Facebook page and it was also published in the society’s magazine. The article covered all that was done during the week, how the girls felt about learning more and it had a positive tone and pictures – both taken by the participants and that were posted on the YOTA page. All of the girls also posted about the camp on their social media, pictures and impressions, since the YO YOTA does not have social media, yet.

The HST competitors that were part of the camp did operate the station that was available during the world championships from Albena, mid-September. The other youngsters on the HST team were interested in the stories they heard about YOTA and some have started going to their local club stations. Our YOTA participants are also more acquainted with this hobby now than they were before.

At the moment, this is what is in store from the YO youngsters:

  • Mihaela Macsim (YO8TLK) is writing an article about ham radio that will be published in the magazine of her university, the school year has just begun a couple weeks ago. Other youngsters have already written for their school magazines.
  • A youth committee is in the talks, there are more youngsters that are interested, however the committee has to be elected and that will take place around the end of the year. Still, the youngsters are going to operate and find other means to spread the word.
  • During national training camps for HST there will now be stations (or more, if there were any before) available for the youngsters to work while taking a break from practice. HST competitors must be licensed, so that part is already taken care of for them to work the radio.
  • We want to maybe start holding presentations in high schools, this however will take a bit of time to prepare.
  • There will be an awarding ceremony at the end of the year for winning contesters in all fields (HST, ARDF, etc.) where people from various television channels will be present and the youngsters will be interviewed/will interview various people and thus discuss YOTA and future YOTA activities.
  • Presently, the society does have social media and youth activity is being posted there.
  • Recently, holding a subregional camp was discussed between members of the society and some youngsters, however nothing has been specifically decided yet. Still, there is a possibility that that will take place at the end of the next year and is definitely something the youth wants to take part in.

Even though it is slow, things are changing in Romania too and hopefully the youngsters won’t lose energy nor momentum.

Train the Trainer report – Italy – October 2019

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YOTA Italy

October 2019

TTT Report October 2019

The Italian situation is quite stable and waiting for the new national committee to set up (we had ARI committee election in this summer), the group of youngsters has slightly increased with a new member from Bologna. One of the goals of the new committee is to change some details in the way that ARI sees the YOTA project and the youth in general, they created a “radio club” allowing all young guys (YOTA, Scouts and school) to take part at the ARI events. The next step (we hope) will be to make a dedicated reduced fee to take part of the national association, as for today is quite expensive (around 70 euros).

The summer was mostly dedicated to the preparation of the LZ19 camp, we then had a meeting in Prato (the hometown of Amelia IU5LVM – the Italian lady that went to the camp) explaining the camp, the activities that has been done and our feelings after the camp.

YOTA Italy October 2019

Other Projects:

  • –  Some Youngsters took place in big ham radio stations during the last contest, such as IO2HQ
  • –  A significative amount of youngsters participated to the “alpe adria VHF/UHF contest” which now

    has a specific chart for young people. Future Projects:

  • –  From 17th to the 20th of October YOTA Italia will be present at the Maker Faire in Rome, a big event which will give us the opportunity to meet a huge number of young guys interested in electronics and informatics, our goal (in partnership with the national association) is to try to give some interest in ham radio to more people which basically shares our hobby.
  • –  In the last weekend of November there will be a big fair in Pescara (center of Italy) and we’re looking forward to be there
  • –  In December we have 7 youngsters that are going to be in the PA19 subregional camp

Train the Trainer report – Iceland – October 2019

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First off, Iceland is small. Like tiny. My ham radio license is number 434, from the beginning. I am the 18th YL to have a callsign, since 1960ish. We are very few but also very close. The Icelandic way of doing things is “Doing a lot but no planning involved because that’ll scare people off.”

The youth team in Iceland is technically just me and TF8RN. But in reality it is us and mainly radioscouts. There are 1-4 people involved and they have a supporting network of IRA members, scouts and family around them.

Next week is going to be the biggest JOTA/JOTI of the past 10ish years. There’s a team of YLs and IRA members that will help the scouts with the shack and TF8RN is going to try and activate TF3YOTA from his own station. This is solely planned by scouts, a lot of people who attended the JOTA/JOTI last year and saw its potential (it hadn’t been very active in a long time).

I plan activities by calling one person and asking if they’d like to do something, like would they be up for activating TF3YOTA with me from the IRA club station in December? If yes, then we let other people in the society know when and where and invite them to come and meet us there.

Second, I live in the Netherlands and I have voiced my concern to the IRA of how I can help there by being here but I have their full support and say that they actually think being in mainland Europe gives me more opportunity to network, which is true.

Next year, I plan to assist in any way I can with NOTA 2020, I am also laying groundwork for NOTA Iceland 2021. This will be presented at the IRA main meeting in February and I will propose that a % of the membership fee goes solely towards youth activities.

The main focus now is to build up events in a consistent manner so that the environment for youth activities is there if anyone is interested. Planning NOTA 2021 is a big step in doing that. Getting youth into the hobby in Iceland is still an issue that needs to be addressed. I have inquired about holding presentations in schools but so far they have fallen through since I am only there about a month of the year.

I discussed this with the head of the IRA and I regret to say that I will not be making bi-monthly reports when there is nothing to report. I will of course inform you when we have news but for now it’s going to be sporadic.

YOTA summer camp was on the front page of the CQ TF this month.. if that helps. And there will be an extended article on what I’ve done in the past year in the next magazine. (I attended NOTA/FHN/YOTA Bulgaria and will participate in PI4DEC/J next week)

73 de Elín, PA/TF2EQ

Train the Trainer report – Czech Republic – October 2019

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Maker Faire Prague June 13th-14th Prague

Czech Radio Club took place in the biggest maker fair in the Czech Republic. Because of the large number of parents with children we decided to prepare games for youngsters together with the National Technic Museum. They had the opportunity to try out morse code or their task was to light up as many lightbulbs as possible using different circuits and other fun activities. At the fair we met two boys who are interested in and excited about HAM radio, we are still in contact with them. One of them has already done the license, the other wants to take the exam soon. 

Electro camp 1st-12th August 2019

As we already mentioned in past reports, Electro camps have been  held every year since 2012. This year 48 youngsters 13 years and older participated. They soldered electronic kits, learned theory and also took part in a HAM radio contest. As always, it took place in Olbramkostel. Although we increased the capacity with a second camp date – Electro camp Junior which is for youngsters from 10 to 13 years old, the number of applicants was so great that we still had to refuse some of them. It’s a voluntary project organised for children to get them interested in and make them fall in love with (electro)technology and to show them the wonderful radio amateur world. Most participants are unlicensed, and have their first experience with amateur radio at the camp.

Summer Radio-electro camp Akademik 13th-17th July 2019

This camp is for youngsters 15 years of age and older, who are interested in electronics and radio technology. They learned the basics, met new friends and much more. We tried QSO by satellite and talked with people from all over the world, we built a light based walkie-talkie and learned the morse code. They had a lot of fun and made many memories. For some participants it was the first experience with amateur radio.

YOTA Subregional OL19CAMP – Weekend of Experiences with Czech Radio Club 27th – 29th September 2019

The whole event was made possible by the youth commission: OK1VHB (IARU R1 Youth coordinator) and Líba OK1LYL (secretary). The decision to organise the YOTA subregional camp was made 3 months before the start of the event, which meant we had to work extremely hard and fast to get it ready in time. Because everyone lives somewhere else, we had to discuss everything by group chats and calls. First of all, we split the tasks among us. The most important things were finding a place where we could accommodate approximately 30 participants, come up with a program and find sponsors. We also contacted experts from different fields to make presentations for youngsters about HAM radio. After that the real work began, Honza OK1JD came up with different games for children and also prepared a presentation about the physics side of amateur radio, antennas, radios and QSO basics. Martin OK1VHB made an introduction presentation about HAM radio and the HAM spirit, showed them ARDF. Jindra OK1NOR did a J-Pole workshop in which each participant built their own antenna. Vlada OK2ZKR taught the kids basics about electronics in a form of a game and Leo OK2UUJ taught them how to make contacts via satellite. Liba OK1LYL and I decided to deal with the paperwork and I also had a presentation about all the events and activities which YOTA organises.

You can find more information about the event here.

We plan to do a weekend meeting during the December YOTA Month using the callsign  OL19YOTA, on the weekend of 6th-8th December 2019. It will be a chance for youngsters to get together and get on the air. We will also organise other fun activities, more details about that in the next report.

We have a lot of plans for the future so stay tuned! We will talk about them in the next report once we have finalised them!

Martina OK2YLQ

Subregional camp Czech Republic – Feedback

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First of all, I would like to thank all the organizers because the preparation and implementation has been a great effort and time. With the participants, we planned to go through the theory of radioamateur broadcasting, after testing without transmitting to a practical radio contest with radio stations. In the form of competitions and questions we went through all the corners of amateur radio operations. Children could then try all of these types of supervised operations, either through satellite and shortwave operation, or even FM operation including DSTAR and DMR. In the end we thanked all participants and rewarded the winners in the individual competitions.

Martin Černý OK1VHB, IARU R1 Youth coordinator


YOTA in the Czech Republic was my fourth YOTA event and the first one on a subregional level. Therefore, I found myself not knowing what to expect, because I knew there would be much younger attendees compared to the big YOTA summer camps. However, during the whole weekend, every participant, without exception, was focused on learning the basics of ham-radio operation and finding their own joy in it. I really liked how all activities were in a form of competition, which motivated the new potential future operators to always do their best and create new friendships. The days at the camp flew by, due to the very packed program the organisers of Czech Radio Club prepared for us. In three days, they managed to enlighten the participants in all of the areas which ham-radio offers, such as fox-hunting or connections through satellites. At the end of the weekend, I felt really happy about spending time among all of the curious minds and look forward to the next YOTA events.

Bety OM1DP

I’ve really enjoyed this Subregional camp. The program was just perfect. I learned a lot about ham radio and made new friends there too. Trainers at the camp were well experienced and they explained everything you wanted to know. The hotel we stayed at was a really good pick, because the rooms were in good shape and the food was good too. Everything was just great and I’m looking forward to another Czech Radio Club event.


Subregional camp Czech Republic – Sunday

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The last day of our camp started with presentation about PMR followed by a PMR contest. The youngsters made huge progress in their operation skills, many of them could soon take part in a real contest! After lunch there was a presentation about DX on VHF, UHF and microwave by Petr OK2ULQ. Those youngsters who were relatively new to hamradio were amazed at how far one can reach using only simple equipment. We finished our camp with the awarding the winners of the Of-Air contest and PMR contest.

During the whole weekend there was a competition to paint OL19CAMP QSL cards. The most beautiful one will be used as an official QSL card and will be distributed via bureau.



Subregional camp Czech Republic – Saturday

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On Saturday the program started at 6 a.m. –  kids are unstoppable! A lot of them couldn’t stay in bed and started to operate the radio in the early morning. The official program started with workshops. The participants were divided into 4 groups which rotated between five stands –

1) Fox hunting theory

2) J-Pole antenna building workshop

3) Electronics basics (taught by using a game)

4) Satellite operation

5) DX and contest basics

Dividing the participants into groups allowed the presenters to make their presentations more interactive and interesting for the participants, for example by using a game.

 After lunch we went out and tried ARDF, this was connected to the SOTA activation. Each youngster was given a receiver and their task was to find the fox hidden three kilometers from the camp. Despite our assurance that there is no need to leave the roads, of course the youngsters decided to follow the signal exactly and set off straight into the impassable forest! The finish was close to the look-out tower where the HF and VHF SOTA set-ups were prepared in advance. The lookout tower was the perfect place to test the J-pole antennas made in the morning. Unfortunately, it started to rain very heavily on the way back, the outside activities scheduled for the rest of the day were cancelled.

In the evening there was an “Off-Air contest”. First the participants learned how to make a contest QSO and how to log it correctly. After some time practicing, Honza OK1JD announced that he is satisfied with the contesters performance and that the big Off-Air contest could start. It was a great success! Considering that most of the youngsters had never had a QSO before the start of the camp, it was simply unbelievable how they were suddenly able to make 3 – 4 QSOs per minute.

The day ended with a presentation about all the activities organized by YOTA, for example the December YOTA Month, the Youth Contesting Program and the summer camps by Martina OK2YLQ. The participants were enthusiastic about participating in more of the YOTA activities in the future.


Subregional camp Czech Republic – Friday

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The first Czech YOTA Subregional camp started in the afternoon of Friday the 27th, with the arrival of the first participants. The registration of newcomers lasted until 7 p.m.. The program was started by Martin OK1VHB who made a presentation to introduce the participants who are new to hamradio to HAM radio and the HAM spirit. The program continued with a lecture by Honza OK1JD about physics, antennas, radios and QSO basics. All of the participants learned how to make a SSB contactsand in the end of the day everybody was able to understand the principles, so during the night 80 m operation using OL19CAMP could follow.

After a little stress before the first CQ calls, the small expectations of the organisers were quickly exceeded. The Youngsters were really comfortable operating the radio and their enthusiasm and open mind were a big surprise.What makes this camp different to previous YOTA subregional camps is that a large part of the participants were not yet ,for many of them it was the first time learning about amateur radio.


YOTA Summer Camp Bulgaria 2019 – Looking back

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From the 11th to the 17th of August 2019 around 80 youngsters from 27 countries met in Bankya, near Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria to connect and learn from each other. The event was organised by the Bulgarian Federation of Amateur Radio as part of IARU Region 1’s “Youngsters On The Air” program, abbreviated as YOTA. The summer camp is held in a different country every year, over the last years it has been held in Austria, the United Kingdom, South Africa and many more. YOTA is growing quickly, this year’s summer camp demonstrated this especially well. The great majority of participants had never participated in a YOTA summer camp before, they are a new generation of young amateur radio enthusiasts. Another thing showing YOTA’s success is the number of girls at the camp, 40% of the participants were YLs, a percentage not often seen in amateur radio.

During the week youngsters did a variety of workshops such as building VHF and HF antennas, electronic kits, and much more. However the focus of this week’s presentations was on learning from each other: YOTA is shifting more and more towards a “youngsters for youngsters” approach where youngsters teach each other, rather than relying on older generations for input.  A number of participating youth teams presented their youth activities. For example, the Finnish team gave an insight into the Nordics On The Air sub-regional camp, they not only showed how successful it was, but gave great tips and a good guide to organising such an event. The main goal of the YOTA summer camp is to give youngsters the ideas, knowledge and experiences they require to go back to their home country at the end of the week and start their own youth activities. The practical workshops are mostly easily reproducible so that youngsters could use them to introduce new young people into the hobby. For example youngsters might do a kit building workshop at a local school or use the antenna built at the camp to do a SOTA activation together with some new youngsters.

Sub-regional camps like those held in Finland, Italy and Germany in the last years are being organised more and more. For example, the next one is already being held in September in the Czech Republic, followed closely by a camp in the Netherlands in December. The idea behind a sub-regional camp is to bring together around 30 youngsters for an extended weekend, for example from Thursday until Sunday. Other than the YOTA summer camp, these camps are also used to bring new youngsters into the hobby. Un-licensed youngsters who know relatively little about amateur radio are invited to these camps to show them how interesting and fun amateur radio is.

The Italian youth team’s presentation showed very well that a sub-regional camp can be organised on quite a limited budget, their camp only cost 25 euros per participant per day. Furthermore they showed how such an event can re-vitalise a local radio club. The radio club supporting the event gained many new members as many of the participants of the camp did their license after the camp and joined the club. Furthermore the existing members of the club became more active as they organised the camp together.

A large number of youth teams now want to organise such an event, and during the coming months there will be many applications to IARU to hold a YOTA sub-regional camp. What the participants learnt at the YOTA summer camp will be an invaluable resource for organising sub-regional camps and youth activities on any scale.