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Train the Trainer – Finland – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team Finland


Main Questions:

What kind of activities you have found the most succesfull during Covid? If you have not held any activities, what kind of activities would you like to have?

The most successful activities have been skeds and social media activity for youngsters. We also participated in an online hobby fair which was a new way of introducing our hobby to a new audience. We participated with a video. (which you can find from the bottom of the page)

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

We have a WhatsApp chat and it has been active throughout the pandemic. We have been thinking of ways to improve activity in the group like starting conversations and sending news types of messages. The chat group is also one way of informing the youngsters about our activities.

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

For spring and summer we are planning to have more regular skeds and to activate our social media more often. We have also started to plan for youth activities at SRAL summer camp. We also have a date and place for a youth camp scheduled for September.

We have planned a newsletter to be sent out to our society’s youth members. The idea for a newsletter came from the realization that still not all of the youth members know or participate in our youth activities. In the newsletter, we are going to introduce our youth committee, social media, and upcoming events. 

We also try to post on our blog regularly about youth activities and YOTA news. The blog posts are printed in our society’s magazine. That’s also a way for us to show people there are youth activities and youth work at the moment. 

Currently, we are also looking for a new youth committee member to our team.

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

In a national society, the change of ways to do youth work, marketing, and getting new ideas and projects started is hard and slow. Especially with youth involved, we need to follow the current trends. Social media as a tool is one example of that.   

Many people still don’t recognize YOTA and youth work being done.

 

Anything else you want to share? / Ideas or feedback for the future of TTT?

The role of YOTA is big during these times as providing events and leading the way. Not all societies have the resources and people to do youth work. For many people organizing online activities and social media is still a big challenge. 

From our experience in Finland, youth work needs to be part of the top priority in every society. Youth is the future.

 

 

 


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Train the Trainer report – Iceland – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team Iceland


Main Questions:

What kind of activities you have found the most succesfull during Covid? If you have not held any activities, what kind of activities would you like to have?

I’d (TF2EQ) love to do a collaboration with the Icelandic Astronomy Club on presenting the communications / technology used with both telescopes and satellites (could do a O-100 “show and tell”) to children or even university students.

 What tips would you like to give to other societies when arranging activities during Covid? Describe as good as you can so others can benefit the most from your answer!

Keep your youngsters communicating with each other with meetings on certain time intervals

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

Had some contacts on air during DYM but also on Telegram and through the phone with some NOTA friends.

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

No plans for the spring.

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

No problems, lots of support, don’t have time to rally up youngsters to take exams since the first one is scheduled hopefully for next autumn.


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Train the Trainer report – Italy – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team Italy


Main Questions:

What kind of activities you have found the most succesfull during Covid? If you have not held any activities, what kind of activities would you like to have?

We are keeping going on the online classes, we had an online meeting to spread the YOTA group during a webtv show

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

mostly on telegram group and some online meeting

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

mostly on telegram group and some online meeting

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

ARI gave us some problems about the DYM callsign, our current regulation does not allow to ask for a special callsign and use it by more people, only the guy which requested it can use it and be responsable for that. ARI is not helping us at all to try talking to the national regulations manager


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Train the Trainer report – Czech Republic – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team Czech Republic


Main Questions:

What kind of activities you have found the most successful during Covid? If you have not held any activities, what kind of activities would you like to have?

We didn’t held any activities (or at least I don’t know about them). I think that the very first activity would be a weekend together, to invite new young radio amateurs. Of course, when the situation calms down, we would like to organize other KOTA activities.

 What tips would you like to give to other societies when arranging activities during Covid? Describe as good as you can so others can benefit the most from your answer!

I think the most important thing is to do something! Have a Skype meeting, if possible meet in person. The most important thing is to support young people and spend time together.

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

We have a Facebook group, so whatever important stuff is going on, we post there. The truth is that there are not many of us (youngsters), so in most cases we keep in touch mainly in pairs and write to each other privately.

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

So far, none

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

I would say that the main problem is to keep young people aged 15-25 involved in the hobby. If we’re active, it’s mainly because we are part of the CRC Youth Committee. And at the moment we are mainly focusing on the kids and we are organising Kids On The Air activities together, which have proved to be very beneficial so far. We believe that if we attract this age group, it will not be a problem to organise YOTA activities later on.


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Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team Lithuania


Main Questions:

What kind of activities you have found the most succesfull during Covid? If you have not held any activities, what kind of activities would you like to have?

My colleagues in the capital city managed to launch a balloon with an APRS/WSPR tracker several times (https://www.facebook.com/kelionebalionu) and that seemed to be quite an atractive activity for fellow hams and most importantly – non hams.

 What tips would you like to give to other societies when arranging activities during Covid? Describe as good as you can so others can benefit the most from your answer!

Since people stay indoors during covid, I believe that a great way to keep interest of society members are online projects that can be tracked/interacted with. As an example: balloon satelites. They can be tracked, and it is interesting to see where it went and it can make others interested to launch their own satelite.

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

Our local youngsters telegram group became more active during covid, it almost trippled it’s member’s count.

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

Since going outside is fun, I believe we’ll have a lot more SOTA activations and satelite activity. Possibly many will go outside to upgrade/maintain their antenna set-ups.

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

Personally, I live far away from many young hams so doing projects together is not possible. However during normal circumstances (Not under covid lockdown), many come back to bigger cities to study and can do projects together.


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Train the Trainer report – North Macedonia – April 2021

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In this edition of Train the Trainer, our aim was to get ideas for all the societies to use. Therefore the main questions were made in the way that the societies answering them would give as many ideas as possible, so other societies could benefit from them and make their own activities! Answering in this particular report are by representative(s) of team North Macedonia.


Main Questions:

How have you been able to get youngsters to communicate during Covid? (Telegram groups, Skype calls, etc.)

FB groups and chats mostly

Other Questions:

What are your plans for the spring?

Some DX on 160m

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society? Do you need any help with it?

Not enough founding


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YOTA Progress in the Americas – April 2021

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Neil Rapp, WB9VPG – Camp Director
Sterling Mann, N0SSC – IARU Region 2 Youth Liaison

YOTA Camp

A week long camp was organized for the Americas (Region 2) to take place in 2020. Due to the pandemic, this camp had to be postponed until 2021. Currently, we are on track to host the event during the scheduled dates, July 11-16, 2021. The camp will take place at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio, USA. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. We will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation, and adjust accordingly. If we find that we can’t host the camp that week, it will be postponed until 2022. Our core staff has been vaccinated, as well as most (if not all) of our volunteers. W8Y will be the special event callsign for the camp. We have room for 30 campers at the event, and most of those spots have been filled. Topics that will be included will be: contesting, kit building, D-STAR, APRS and WSPR with high altitude balloons, satellite operation, fox-oring, and antenna building. We also have VHF sprints planned for a day trip to Kings Island Amusement Park. We are in line to possibly take part in an ARISS contact during the week as well.

Virtual YOTA Day

Since the camp was postponed for 2020, we took one day out of the week when the camp was supposed to happen to gather as many campers as possible together on Zoom. We also streamed it on YouTube for anyone who cared to watch. Some of our workshop leaders made presentations and hosted activities that could all be done at home without a radio, such as SDR direction finding, copying callsigns out of a pileup recording, and using WebSDR to find stations around the world. The day also provided a preview of some activities that would take place during the 2021 camp, such as satellite operation basics. We gave away prizes from DX Engineering, Heil Sound, and R&L Electronics including an ICOM IC-7300 from R&L.

YOTA Special Event

Also during the week that the camp was scheduled to take place in 2020, we had a special event station using the W8Y callsign. Youth operators took shifts throughout the week from their home or remote stations. Marty Sullaway, NN1C organized the event, managed the logs, and uploaded to LoTW. Kees Van Oosbree, W0AAE, began serving as our paper QSL manager during this event.

Field Day Station

Jay, K4ZLE, offered up a very nice remote station in Ohio to use during Field Day 2020. Since the callsign W8Y was already assigned for that week, we used that callsign on the remote station. This allowed for youth to operate even though they may not have antennas or a radio at home. We also offered the club entry category “Youth on the Air” to try to gather as many youth points as possible during Field Day.

December YOTA Month

We stepped up our involvement in December YOTA month in 2019 and 2020. Previously, only 1 station participated. We were able to use 4 special event callsigns that spell YOTA… K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. These callsigns were shared on a daily schedule among 24 operators, all age 25 or younger. We made 14,699 contacts during the month. Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO served in his second year as our region YOTA month coordinator. We also contributed to the QSL card fund for DYM.

Youth Contesting Program

YCP is operated by YARC, the Young Amateurs Radio Club. Due to the pandemic, there was no activity in YCP this year.

Bi-Weekly IARU Region 2 YOTA Zoom Conferences

Along with the long-awaited YOTA region 2 camp finally occurring this year (if all goes well), YOTA-R2 has also been starting other activities inspired by YOTA Region 1.
The newly appointed IARU R2 Youth Liaison’s primary effort has been a campaign to inspire, research, and facilitate more youth radio activity and general awareness throughout the member societies of IARU R2. The main activity has been a regular bi-weekly meeting between youth leaders across the American continents and the Caribbean. The roster is up to over 40 like-minded folks who realize the lack of youth in amateur radio and the challenges of bringing it to them, who also have tons of experiences trying to meet the challenges, both successes and failures.
The meetings are intended to both inform a working group of the cultural, social, and economic differences across R2, as well as inspire youth leaders to form their own youth communities that gravitate towards common cultures and languages.

Other Activities

YOTA R2 is also frequently collaborating with R1, especially with the upcoming on-air event, and some more contest-related innovations to come.
Even though almost 5 years have passed since it’s founders first went to YOTA Camp in Austria, YOTA R2 is still in a stage of infancy compared to YOTA R1. Ironically, though unsurprisingly, we’ve had more impact on older demographic of hams than younger, which may be a blessing in disguise: it’s good that our elders have awareness of the need for young blood in our hobby.

 

 

 

 


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Train the Trainer – Societies social media channels

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From this page, you can easily find the social media and Facebook groups of the youth teams participating in Train the Trainer. If you don’t see your societies youth social media on the page, please email trainthetrainer@ham-yota.com

Train The Trainer – Summary report – January 2021

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This is a first ever “Train The Trainer” summary report by Youngsters On The Air. Gathering answers and ideas from more than ten societies’ youth teams into one short text, to give you an idea what youth work within ham radio all over the world is about. The report is divided into two categories: “General observations” and “What to learn?”.

General observations

This summary report contains answers from July 2020 to January 2021. The main thing that reoccurred in nearly every report from that time is that the activities were nearly completely down. This is a shame, as community and meeting people are one of the biggest parts of our hobby. Luckily for us, we hams can also always communicate on radio frequencies. This was the case for some, but unfortunately as radio clubs were closed in many countries, others completely lost their ability to operate.

From the reports you can see that ham radio related activities have quickly leaped into online activities. Most of the societies answering the report have had at least some online activities, most common ones being courses and (club) meetings. Some of the societies took online to next level by even having online exams. Several societies also used messaging software’s such as Telegram and WhatsApp to communicate among them. Also skeds, which are scheduled contacts, and other on air activities such as NOTA (Nordics On The Air) Easter activation were organized.

DYM – short for December YOTA Month – was the main activity during December 2020. With Covid restrictions given, DYM seemed to be a success for many societies under those circumstances. Multiple societies said in their reports that they saw a lot of new faces operating DYM callsigns, as well as several answers said that they had made QSOs using QO-100 satellite. The remote operating possibility of 9A0YOTA also made an on the air activity during DYM possible for many youngsters around the world. Every youngster under the age of 26 with a CEPT license had the chance to operate from this big gun station in Croatia. Unfortunately, the flipside of DYM was, that some societies were not able to have any activity at all this year.

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Kids On The Air camp in Czech Republic was one of the only camps arranged last year. Picture: Team Czech Republic

What to learn?

Looking at the past TTT reports, it is easy to say that during the current Covid pandemic online events have been “the thing”. However, this is a time to evolve and improve. Community and communication is one of the key ways to get people involved with the hobby. Therefore, to improve this, it’s highly suggested that every society would have at least some way for youngsters to communicate. This could for example mean having a chat group for youngsters. If your society does not have a chat group and you don’t want to establish one yourself, you’re always free to join the big YOTA Telegram group having more than 200 youngsters! Just get in contact with us at pr@ham-yota.com to get access for your youngsters.

Further, online events are easier to approach if they interact the viewers somehow. Having a possibility for participants to comment something or even speak with the organizers is a huge benefit which makes having online events near to “real-life” ones. As said before, there are a lot of different kind of activities that are possible to be held online or directly on the air). Presentations, courses, club meetings. You name it! Everything is possible. If you want to see what YOTA has come up with, please see our YOTA Online sessions on www.youtube.com/hamyota.

Moreover, feel free to see every report on our website at www.ham-yota.com/ttt for full and detailed information about their progress within youth work.

Now I want to wish everyone good luck with the future activities. Hopefully, we will soon be able to meet in-person again. Until then, we will have to do our best, innovate, and show that there’s youth in ham radio!

73,

Otava Tuomi, OH3OT

Train The Trainer Coordinator

 

 

 


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Train the Trainer report – Finland – January 2021

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Beginning from 2021 there are some changes to Train the Trainer reports. The biggest of them being that the participating countries are from now on asked direct questions in order to make answering the report easier. The answers in this particular report are from member(s) of YOTA team Finland


Main Questions:

How was the last summer in your country when it comes to youth work within ham radio? Did you come up with any new exciting ideas? 

Last summer we had very little activity compared to last year. We activated the Finnish youth on-air with skeds and we had Instagram live sessions. We also did some research and had polls for our members. Instagram lives were something that we tried for the first time and they were nice add to our activity.

How have your activities changed in the past six months? Have you been able to hold e.g. online events or activities within a smaller group of people?

Youth activities in Finland have changed in the past six months. When covid stopped us from planning activities and events we had to rethink our plans. We have now slowly started to organize activities on social media and also on-air. Online activities have been our main focus.

What kind of activities and operating possibilities did you have during the recent December YOTA Month? How did your activities differ from last year, and how did people respond to them?

As usual, in DYM 2020 we offered the OH2YOTA callsign for our society’s youth members. We also planned skeds for youth members to participate on-air. Also we had social media activations. 2020 activities were partly different from what we have done in the past years. Usually we have organized a weekend event during DYM to kickstart the month. So people’s response was a little different.


People were more active towards the possibility to operate the YOTA callsign at their own home’s as well as in flora & fauna area. The weekend event has usually been the way to bring youth together during DYM. Because it was missing, we lacked about 4000 QSOs from usual amount. However, we were happy to hear some new voices behind OH2YOTA this year.

Other Questions:

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society?

Our current youth members have been quite passive somewhat maybe also due to covid. It’s a challenge to keep our current youth activated and to offer new interesting activities.

We recently had an opinion poll for our society’s member clubs. We asked questions about their youth activities, how many youth members do they have and would they be interested in organizing activities for youth. These were the answers and conclusions we got from the polls:

      • 80% of the clubs that answered did not have active youth activities
      • Only 48% of the clubs were interested in organizing youth activities
      • 13,5 % were interested in working with the society’s youth team in the future to organize some youth activities together.

Many of the clubs that answered felt that they needed more resources for organizing youth activities and for improving their club activities to support youth and other new members. Lots of clubs needed presentation materials and people that would be interested in leading/organizing youth activities.

Clubs that had youth related activities usually organized training for the amateur radio licence or were doing collaboration with scouts. Some interesting ways few of the clubs were organizing youth activities were electronic building club nights for kids and e-sports activities. Overall, the poll gave us ideas for the future of youth activities as well as co-operation with the clubs.

Anything else that comes to your mind or you want to share?

This year and in 2020 one of our goals has been and will be to improve work with scouts. We see scouts as a big potential for ham radio to find more youth and interested people.

 


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