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Train the Trainer report – Italy – December 2018

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This is our first TTT report, here is Fiodor IZ7YBG – someone know me from the 2016 Austrian summer camp, as well as from Friedrichshafen and crazy trips across Europe – taking the task of collecting the wide variety of YOTA activities, which the Italian group does across the country.

But, as this is the first Italian report, it’s important to write down “how we get here”, our “little” but amazing history, we are proud of it, as everyone that trust in the YOTA importance, and, more widely in the HAM RADIO is.
Before 2015, YOTA Italy was just a small group of Italian youngsters, from north, centre and south, taking part to some YOTA summer camps; there wasn’t any kind of organization, bond with the ARI (Italian ham radio society) and growing plan.

Between 2014 and 2015, Silvio IZ5DIY and Alex IV3KKW – you will know them for sure – they started to revolutionised the Italian idea of YOTA, being able to “look to the future” in the right way, despite of the bad ARI internal situation, clearly with no time for the YOTA world. Silvio and Alex – with the big help of OMs from Toscana – organized the 2015 YOTA summer camp; strange but true, at that time there weren’t so many youngsters, or to be precise, they weren’t GATHERED.

From the summer of 2015, our group has seen an amazing exponential grow, due several some important strategic activities:

  • –  Creation of a Telegram group to gather all the – already known – youngsters;
  • –  Continuous survey on and national ham radio forums, looking for new youngsters to add to our telegram group and to involve in YOTA Italy activities;
  • –  Meeting during an important national ham radio exhibition (Montichiari, Brescia), with brain storming activities and games to collect new ideas for the future;
  • –  Participation to the Friedrichshafen exhibition, using to hamcamp as suggested from the Austrian guys (we started to learn from the other country too); At the end of 2016, YOTA Italy counted around 50 members, off course just a 30 % of this big number was active, but, it has been a BIG GOAL, due to an improvement circle that was started from some oldsters like Silvio and Alex, but kept active and increasing tanks to the Italian YOUNGSTERS.

– The participation of the Italian team to the Austrian 2016 summer camp had in important effect on our group, we discovered new people in our country as well as outside, made new important and never-ending bonds, placing the foundation for our growth.

A big group of guys from the I3 region – Trento, Verona, Venezia, Udine areas – started to gather some years ago. An amazing number of new youngsters – new as well as already licensed – gets involved in ham radio and YOTA.
New activities took places from 2016 until now:

  • –  Participation to the YOTA DECEMBER MONTH, from personal and team stations, involving newbie, clubs license class students and scout guys;
  • –  Scout JOTA-JOTI activities and “open days” shared with scout groups to mutual exchange knowledge about ham radio and scout activities: they taught us how to communicate by flags and morse code and, we gave them some kits to build a simple CW key; beautiful time spent all together;
  • –  Participation to several national and international HF and VHF contests in teams;
  • –  Presence in main Italian national exhibitions;
  • –  Montecassino subregional camp, we all knew how much it has benn amazing! But, maybe, a specific article just for that subregional camp – maybe wrote by the organizers too – could be better;
  • –  Friendship made between youngsters and many oldsters across the country. Really important point to grow being supported be lot of people, that give always us lots of important life and technical notions;
  • –  Verona’s ARDF fox hunting – opened both to our youngsters and to local scouts – after a national VHF meeting, held in the big Verona’s ARI club;
  • –  Sota and VHF contest from mountain to gather more and more our youngsters, as well as the oldsters;
  • –  Several rally assistances, after attending a course – in the local radio club – to manage this particular kind of radio comm;
  • –  Team building social and relaxing activities like bowling, pizzas, birthday parties as well as funny trips during winter and summer holidays. Summarizing, the Italian group saw a big growth in the last two years, now, we can count about 70 members on our telegram group. We have a good affluence at our periodic meeting, like ham radio exhibitions, as well as contests and casuals visits to other youngsters due to work or please travels. The interest for the participation to the annual summer camps is growing and we try always to send new people, sure that there will be always other amazing opportunities for the rest of the group to gather with the international part of the YOTA group.

However, as whatever group of people/association, we had some troubles in our group too; sometimes we misunderstood – especially due to the use of chats, instead of real life interaction – the actions of each other, reaching the point to argue. But, what is important is that we managed to clear our minds and focus on the next goal, reconciling and, surprisingly, getting new power, as well as new people – both youngster and oldsters like Cristian IN3EYI – involved in our rise to the future.

We still have problems with our national society management, they know that we exist, but, maybe, they are too old to give us a real place, a real importance in their “system”. We continue to spread out the verb of YOTA “just” with the helps of local clubs and/or single enthusiast oldsters, but there isn’t a big common national interest for us, at the important level of the association. We rely always on the interest of someone, this is why, maybe, most of the members of the Italian YOTA group are in north Italy – especially around the club of Verona, which is doing a remarkable job – where the common interest for the ham radio and, thus, for the youngsters is higher.

This is an another situation that has to be strongly improved: 90% or more of the group is in north Italy. Just for example, I’m quite alone here in I7 Puglia area, 700 km south of the main centre of activity.

  • –  Make the centre and south clubs aware of the existence of YOTA, but we still need a big help from the national society management to do that.
  • –  Spread out the voice of YOTA more and more in the south, involving scout and intermedium and high school students;
  • –  Create events in the south, like meeting or presence to exhibition to show our existence;
  • –  Do activities like EM comms to show how to use radios with no mobile phone network with scout and students;
  • –  Introduction into antennas setup and necessary equipment to run a ham radio station
  • –  DIY projects as the one that were organized during the various YOTA Summer Camps
  • –  A good and interested audience could be found in scouts groups. A collaboration with them could be very productive and fun as well. Best 73s de Fiodor de Palma IZ7YBG

Call for Application – YOTA Bulgaria 2019

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Call for application: Youngsters On The Air Bulgaria 2019

We are proud to announce that the 9th edition of Youngsters On The Air will be held in Bulgaria, close to the capital city Sofia. BFRA (Bulgarian Federation of Radioamateurs)will be hosting the event, which will take place in the summer of 2019.

In this YOTA Camp we will be continuing with our train-the-trainer (TTT) program, which will be the main theme of the week. Participants will be working on the future of amateur radio and will be involved in workshops where they gain skills to start similar amateur radio youth events when they are back home. With this we are aiming to create a snowball effect, there will be more and more YOTA events all over the world. This also allows other youngsters and newcomers to enjoy amateur radio.

Last YOTA we kicked off our train-the-trainer program, the first outcomes are available on the TTT website.

TTT will not be the only topic of the event, there will be time to enjoy amateur radio as well, think about visiting LZ9W, kit-building or visiting the factory of ACOM. We will be enjoying Bulgaria and get the opportunity to see a part of the beautiful country. Since there are many nationalities visiting the event, there will cultural elements in the event. One of them will be the intercultural evening, where all participants bring foods and drinks from their home country.

Previous events have shown that all participants are having an unforgettable week, where many new friendships are started. To obtain a better understanding of such an event you are encouraged to have a look at the gallery and video clips from previous YOTA camps at

Each IARU R1 member society is invited to take part with a team. A team consist of a team leader and team members. We request member societies to select motivated youngsters with an organisational and hands-on mindset. This request requires a commitment from member societies to support these youngsters when they return home after the event.

Team leader
– Age 18-30 years, since we are highly focussing on a train-the-trainer program, it is preferred to select a youth coordinator or person who is eager to organize amateur radio youth events.

A person that already attended to a previous YOTA Camp is preferable.

Team member
– Age 15-25 years
– Have not been on a previous YOTA summer camp.

If a member society has a valid reason to select a participant who has been to a previous YOTA event, the IARU R1 Youth WG needs to be aware of this and will make the final decision.

All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.

When: 11 to 17 August 2019

Location: surrounding of Sofia, Bulgaria

Fees: €25 per participant

All other costs (accommodation, food, activities) are covered.

Teams will be picked up at the airport and transported to the venue.

After the event

It is expected from all participants to take after the event actively part in the TTT program of IARU R1 and that they submit their youth programs and plans. This will be shared as well on the TTT website. All participating teams are committing to write an article about the event for the magazine and/or website of their member society,

Should your member society be interested to participate, please respond by filling in the form ( before 1 February 2019. Remember, there is a limit of 80 participants. Make sure that you apply in time. We will announce the participating countries, including number of team members, shortly after the deadline date.

December YOTA Month 2018 Final Report

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Another December came and went, and with it another edition of December YOTA Month did as well. We are happy to host an event which brings young people – licensed HAM radio operators and youngster who are new to the hobby and are making their first QSOs alike, and inspires them to be more active on the bands and shows them there are many people listening on the other side. For a better overlook on the past month we make sure to keep statistics; this is not to say that the joy isn’t in the experience, but rather to confirm it. This year as many as 44 participating stations made 82,938 QSOs in December, proving once again that neither the weather nor the holidays can keep a radio amateur away from the station. And while December YOTA Month is not a competition, for the truly devoted to catching as many special calls as they can, there were awards and in 2018 there were 1516 awards downloaded throughout the DYM period. Most active this December were II5YOTA with the whopping 8,387 QSOs made from their station, whereas the 28th of December proved to be the most active day for the participating stations as 5,326 QSOs were made on that day alone. The most popular mode remains SSB with 46,989 QSOs made in this mode, followed by 28,064 QSOs made in CW, while 40m (30,280 QSOs) and 20m (31,004 QSOs) were the preferred bands. You can find the respective charts under where a more detailed presentation might be entertaining for you, but while the numbers are important to keeping track of things, what has been the most important to us from the very first December YOTA Month and will keep being the prime goal for the future as well, is that it continues to be an event that is awaited with excitement and concentrates on bringing young people in a world they might have not known anything about, yet might find themselves mesmerised by. So to all of you who show them the way to their first QSOs, keep up the great job and we can’t wait to hear from you next December.

Train the Trainer report – Ethiopia – December 2018

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Training Young Operators:

As it is already mentioned in the previous report, there are new youngsters actively engaging in our society. They have been taking introductory courses about ham radio for the last three months and now they can turn on radio and work QSO easily. Currently, those youngsters are operating only on SSB and FT8 mode, but they are also interested to learn other modes like CW and RTTY.

CQ Worldwide DX:

This year ET3AA participation in CQ WW DX contest was successful like previous years. Our operators were able to made 1350 contacts with 55 zones both in 20m and 15m. This contest was a great opportunity for the new youngsters to get an exposure to the idea of contesting.

December YOTA:

This year December YOTA was very successful compared to previous years experience. We were able to made about 4000 contacts and won a silver award for the first time in our station history. In addition to this, two guest operators (Bob Johnson W9XY and Ken Claerbout K4ZW) from USA were operating from our station for one week and this was a very good opportunity for our members to get experience about 160m and 80m bands.

Other Activities:

In addition to the above activities, our youngsters were working on 10 Watt QSX kit building and construction of Spider Beam antenna which can work on both 160m and 80m with the help of Ken Claerbout (K4ZW).

Plans for the Next two Months Organizing Workshop:

For the coming two months we have a plan to organize more workshops with strong emphasis in creating awareness about ham radio in our community.

Training Session:

We also have a plan to organize different training session both by our senior members and guest ham operators. In these training sessions we are planing to include other modes of operations in addition to SSB. The main objective of the training sessions is to attract as many youngsters as possible.

Train the Trainer report – Estonia – December 2018

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The most recent activity from Estonia has been activating ES9YOTA callsign from various cities giving youngsters a chance to work other stations around the world. Not only usual everyday QSO’s but also getting experience on handling pile-ups. During the YOTA month, our biggest event was from ES5TV’s station where a group of youngsters (mostly from ES5 region) had the opportunity to participate in RTTY contest. Some of them made a QSO for the very first time.
Our plans for the next two months are to participate in 3 contests. One of them is NRAU-Baltic (which is Scandinavia+Baltic region oriented). NRAU contest have a certain Multi operator category, where at least half of the team has to be 20 years or younger. As of now we don’t have any long term plans.
We also have one new license – ES7GR (age 21).

Train the Trainer report – USA – October 2018

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When we (AE4FH and WX4TV) arrived back in Florida from YOTA 2018, we immediately started Train the Trainer.  As soon as we got out of the airport, we drove for 12 hours to the Huntsville Alabama Hamfest to tell about our experiences at YOTA and encourage youth to get involved.  About a week later, Faith Hannah (AE4FH), spoke about YOTA at several club meetings that youth attend and tried to get the youth in those clubs active.  The most success we have achieved is with our YouTube channel, Ham Radio (dot) World, where we encourage more people to get into the hobby, many of them youth.  Since YOTA 2018, we have been able to inspire about ten people to get their license or upgrade.

In the next few months, we plan to participate in the December YOTA month with the callsign WK1DS/YOTA.  During December, this callsign will be active with hams and potential hams of all ages.  We are considering having a “YOTA day” where it would be like a YOTA summer camp, but just for one day.  In the next few years, we hope to have YOTA started in the United States and YOTA events in IARU region 2.

With these ideas, we expect to get several youth get into the hobby and youth that are already in the hobby more active.


Train the Trainer report – Germany – December 2018

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Although the amount of youngster in DL is high, the general situation still has to be improved. Around 1000 youngsters (aged 14 to 26) are members of the DARC, whereof nearly 500 are even licenced. This shows that the best way for improving the situation is to work with the existing youngsters.

Therefore our first steps will be to find out more about our already existing young members. While working with them together, we first want to get an overview of why they are doing ham radio, which issues are the most fascinating for them, what do they like and what do they think about ham radio in general. But besides those who can give more detailed answers in these questions, our aim is also to involve those who aren’t active (anymore). Some already have been active but somehow lost their interest. Finding out the reason for this can help us not just to reactive them, but also to avoid that new youngsters will loose their interest.

Another point where we especially in Germany need to focus on are those who are members through a family membership. Since they know a little bit of radios and since they do often have an active family member, they already have someone close who can help them in the beginning. They just need to experience that it’s not just a hobby of their parents, it also is a hobby which is interesting for youngsters and that they there is youth in ham radio!

This is why we want to bring youngsters together and create a youth network where they can share experiences and ideas, but mainly also to get to know each other. There already are smaller groups, but we would like to reach also cross-regional contacts between all those youngsters, especially those who don’t have a youth group in their club. To achieve all of this, we’re currently planning a youth camp, where we invite all youngsters to take part and get to know each other so that youngsters will stay in touch with one another.

Some youngsters, who didn’t know each other before, spend a weekend together at the DX-Hotel at DM9EE through the YouthContestProgram. During the whole weekend and besides the contest there was still enough time left to get to know one another. Through this weekend we realized that even such a smaller event has already been enough to get youngsters connected, since the most important ice-breaker seems to be to meet each other. All participants also highly welcomed the idea of a german youth camp.

We’re happy to finally announce the first german youth camp, which will also be a subregional YOTA-camp! It will take place in Baunatal from 15th to 17th March 2019.  To achieve enough attendence of german youngsters, the main language during the camp will be German. All activities are also held in english (at least with an interpreter) so that both, our international guest can take part without any disadvantage and german youngsters who aren’t speaking much english can improve their skills.

The idea behind our camp program is to bring youngsters with same interests together since this constitues the basis of further exchange beyond the camp. The programm also includes the idea of “youngsters for youngsters” and “choose your interest” because we want to avoid to bore youngsters with long presentations of topics where they might not be interested, but also to give enthusiastic young hams the change to share their ideas with other interested ones.

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Now, during the December Yota Month, the German station DF0YOTA is QRV at various stations with a lot of Youngsters! To coordinate the time slots for the callsign, we created an online calendar, where everyone can see which time slots (for the whole december) are still available and which are already taken. All interested youngster can easily book an available time slot by sending an online reservation inquiry which is then approved by the callsign coordinator.

For all taken slots you can see by whom this time slot is taken. This entails that youngsters can arrange shifting if it is necessary. Especially for those who just have limited or rarely access to a station this can be pretty helpful.

Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – December 2018

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  • Haroldas LY5IM handles LKB project’s (our High-Altitude Baloon project) public relations:
  • Development of a new website and merchandise line (will go up in the next few days);
  • Revival of the Facebook feed on LKB activities;

Since our last report we are glad to expand more on LKB’s goals and accomplishments:

Our goal is to launch the first lithuanian-made circumnavigating high altitude balloon.

LKB project is progressing well:

  • Payload weight is being successfully reduced (now below 40g., still awaiting custom circuit board and optimising energy usage for a smaller quantity of batteries);
  • Expected balloon quantity and inflation has been accounted for, with many thanks to Hans Summers;
  • Software is currently in a debugging stage;
  • New social channels are being developed to show ourselves for more people and spread the information on benefits of such projects;

In summary, we have a clear goal of launching a lightweight circumnavigator as a stepping stone for further HAB projects and all of it  is nicely coming together.

Barbora, LY1KB, as of 20st of October 2018, conducted the JOTA-JOTI Scouting event where 80m-10m HF station was successfully active on air;

  • Domantas, LY1JA:
    • has configured and started operations of FT8 in Vilnius University radio club;
    • toured the club for VGTU aviation students and installed ADS-B rx station on club’s premises
    • together with potential ham’s has participated in winter ARDF events;
  • A new fully fledged youngster ham, Lukas Bartkus,
    • has retained his exams for B and A class licenses, receiving a call sign  LY1LB;
    • Connected local club repeater LY0RVN through echolink;
  • Furthermore LY1LB and LY5IM toured the VU radio club for Vilnius J. Basanavičiaus Gymnasium students, two of them found using baofeng radios for everyday chatter;
    • Thus both (LY1LB, LY5IM) provided information on public-usage frequencies as well as information on preparation for examination to attain ham licenses;
    • They still keep in touch (creation of two new ham’s is highly expected);
  • LY1LB and LY5IM have soldered proper outdoor wiring for a new HF antenna rotator as a part of preparations for the YOTA month;
  • LY1LB, LY5IM, LY5AT, LY1JA used the LY5YOTA call sign most frequently and among the club members, were the most active VU radio shack’s visitors during this YOTA month;


  1. Continue working with new interested people;
  2. Setting up proper SDR working station;
  3. Further work towards LY high altitude amateur radio balloon experiment;


  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;
  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;


Train the Trainer report – Sweden – December 2018

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What have we done since last report?

Leader meeting:
During a weekend in October, the Swedish time met up with the Finnish and Norwegian team to talk about the Nordic cooperation. We also Skyped together with the Icelandic team and have tried to reach the Danish team without any success. The weekend was a great success and we have made a good plan for the future together.

Yota December:
Our early plan for December worked out quite well and we were able to hold YOTA-December camps during three weekends, starting from the north in Umeå at SK2AT  in the first weekend with three participants. After that Stockholm one week after at SK0QO once again with three people participated, finishing the task with three participants down in Jönköping the last weekend at SK7AX. We used the call sign SH9YOTA and have over the three weekends accumulated a total of around 1000 contacts.

We have had the opportunity to hold a speech about ham radio at the technical museum of Stockholm which Joakim SA0BSJ took care of. He talked about YOTA and how the youth work in Sweden works.

What are we working with right now?

Right now we are planning next year and we are making our budget. We are also planning the trip to NOTA and recruiting people to join that. We have slowly planning a camp after the summer next year.

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.

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).

73 de Team Sweden

Train the Trainer report – Sweden – October 2018

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What have we achieved?

Regular youth group board meetings

We now have a larger youth group which all takes part of monthly meetings to discuss activities and strategys of our continous work. We find it important to have the meetings regularly once a month to stay updated on our ongoing projects.

Planned December YOTA month activities

We have planned three activities during three weekends in December for youngsters to get to know each other. The main focus will be activating the SH9YOTA signal. Because our country is tall, we decided on three different locations to cover the most area. In the middle of Sweden (Stockholm), the north (Umeå) and in the south (Jönköping) to make accessible for as many youngsters as possibly to attend.

What are we working with right now?

Together with our neighbouring countries we are planning coming NOTA 2019 Finland for the nordic youngsters.

For the youth group to develop further and plan an entire budget for the coming year, which will allow much faster decisionmaking during planning and organizing of events for youngsters.

Invitations for 3 December YOTA month events has been sent out and we are brainstorming for fun activities besides working QSO’s.

What are our goals?

Keep regular activities each year as follows:


To give the Swedish youth an opportunity to get friends and further get into the hobby.


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).