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YOTA South-Africa 2018, a start of something bigger

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Can you imagine? 23 teams, from all over Africa, Europe and USA travelled to South-Africa to take part in the annual Youngsters On The Air event. Yes, it did happen. 74 Young radio amateurs found their way to Gauteng, close to Johannesburg. This made it also happen that we had in total 7 African countries taking part, more then ever. 25 Persons had the opportunity to take part, after an intensive training, in a HAREC license exam. 20 Of them passed, great achievement, especially if you are aware that most of them don’t have the opportunity to take part in an exam at their home country.
Enough numbers for now, the youngsters took part in many activities in the week itself. A programme was made which was showing amateur radio in South-Africa with focus of train-the-trainer. SARL is making good progress on youth and amateur radio. Think about Hammies, Jeugland radio club or JOTA/JOTA.

Train-the-trainer? This was the first event with our renewed focus. There were several sessions were teams showed their ideas on how to develop amateur radio and attract newcomers to the amateur radio hobby. With this we are creating a snowball-effect, organizing similar activities back at home will make it happen that more persons can join YOTA or amateur radio. The teams all got homework to do, in 2 months we expect from them an article in their national amateur radio magazine about the event and a plan on starting their own youth program or organizing new amateur radio events. They all are free to come up with their own ideas, but got inspired the entire week.

A week has only 7 days, believe it or not, SARL made it happen to put more days in a week. Still being impressed about what we did in one week. There were many lectures and workshops, about contesting, DMR, Marconi and a demonstration of Marconi’s used equipment, a presentation on radio in wildlife (tracking animals) and much more. Starting with building own YAGI antenna’s and using this later to make satellite contacts, followed by a technical and hands-on SDR workshop. Working as a real project team to prepare a payload for a BACAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio) balloon flight, we also launched the balloon, used the SDR and antenna to make contacts and gather data. After a good braai (South-African BBQ) all participants showed in a presentation the analysis of the recovered data of the payloads.

The youngsters did kit building with QRP labs, some of them couldn’t get enough and kept on building late in the night. There was a radio shack were ZS9YOTA was activated in modes as SSB, CW and FT8.
With so many cultures taking part in the event, we continued our yearly tradition of the intercultural evening. All teams brought food, drinks and even traditional clothes from their home-country.
Luckily the youth got the chance to see a bit of the South-African beauty, the group went on safari to see the big five! The farewell party, including an African drumming session, was a great last goodbye.

All this organized by SARL, the South African Radio League, under lead of Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL (President of SARL) and Koos Fick ZR6KF (Youth Coordinator of SARL). They didn’t do this all alone, they had a great group of volunteers helping them out to make this all happen. A special thanks to the entire organizing team and SARL!

This is only a part of everything the youngsters took part in. Do you want to read more or see more of the event?It’s all covered, have a look here.

A popular question, where will YOTA 2019 take place? Unfortunately we still did not receive any application. Are you interested in organizing an unforgettable event which will change the life of many young radio amateurs and be part of the future of amateur radio? Contact Lisa, PA2LS, Youth WG Chair IARU R1.

IARU R1 International Youth Meeting at HAM Radio

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Did you know that there are about 300 educational licenses, all hams under 18 years, in South-Africa? Koos ZR6KF and Nico ZS6QL, youth coordinator and president of SARL, the South African Radio League, presented their youth program at the IARU R1 International Youth Meeting.
The youth meeting started with a short introduction about all YOTA activities in 2018. There is still enough to come! You can still sign up for YCP events, the Italian sub-regional event is coming closer, as well as YOTA South-Africa and YOTA December Month.
We had a discussion about the future of amateur radio. IARU R1 dedicated task groups which are working on this topic, keeping in mind that a huge part of the audience is our future, the taskforces encouraged several discussions and are going to use this input to develop their programs. More to follow regarding this topic which is still at a starting point.

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YOTA and IARU present at HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

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HAM Radio is coming closer! YOTA is present and you are invited to all events:

YOTA Flag Ceremony
Friday 1 June, 16:30, Mainstage
YOTA UK 2017 (RSGB) will officially hand-over the YOTA flag and CW key to the YOTA South-Africa 2018 team (SARL).
Interested in YOTA and want to learn more? This is also a perfect moment to meet YOTA, next to the official flag ceremony we will give a short introduction about Youngsters On The Air.
Hope to see you at the mainstage!

IARU R1 International Youth Meeting
Saturday 2 June, 10:00, Room Liechtenstein
This youth meeting is especially for young radio amateurs, young radio amateurs to-be, youth coordinators and persons who are interested in organizing youth activities.

Program:

  • Welcome and introduction by Lisa PA2LS & Florian OE3FTA (Chair + Vice-Chair IARU R1 Youth Working Group)
  • Presentation Youth Program SARL/South-Africa by Koos ZR6KF (Youth Coordinator SARL)
  • There will be two short workshops. IARU R1 is working for the Future of Amateur Radio and created 3 Task Groups dedicated to this topic. We need your help to gather input and want to have a fruitful discussion with the Education Task Group (by Florian OE3FTA) and the Outreach Task Group (by Lennart PD5LKM)
  • As tradition we end the Youth Meeting with a group picture!

 

Can’t get enough of YOTA? Visit us at the IARU stand A1-449 in the main hall

YOTA ZS 2018

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The most prestigious event on the International Amateur Radio Union Region One (IARU -R1) youth calendar is the “Youngsters – on – the – Air “(YOTA) Summer Event. This year, South Africa and the South African Radio League (SARL) are honoured to host this international event.

This is a first for Africa, and a first for South Africa to host this major youth event. Eighty participants aged from 16 to 25, and from over 30 countries have been invited to attend a fun-filled week of Amateur Radio from the 8th to the 15th August 2018.

This annual event brings together young people from various IARU R1 member societies in Africa and Europe for an entire week. This week creates, in addition to amateur radio, the opportunity to learn all about different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill as well as learning new communication and technical skills.

It will be the first YOTA event which will focus on a train-the-trainer principle. In the week itself the participants will get tips&tricks to start own youth activities or youth programmes in their member society. With this, we will reach a bigger audience on national and local level, which makes it happen that more young people and newcomers can be involved in amateur radio.

The event will be held in the beautiful central region of Gauteng, providing participant’s access to South Africa via O.R. Tambo International Airport.
This event is organised by the SARL Youth Working Group and supported by a dedicated events team.

YOTA Subregional camp Italy 2018

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YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st  to 24th  in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters in IARU Region 1 and mainly those in Mediterranean countries.
A detailed program will be published close to the event and it will include several radio activities, a day to share radio knowledge with Scouts, ARDF and a visit to the Montecassino Abbey. An amateur radio station will be on air from the camp operated by all the youngsters with a special callsign for the event.

Are you interested? Find here more information and a detailed description. Use this link to apply for the event.

Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2018

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In 2018 the Youth Contesting program of IARU R1 will be continued. Young members are invited to take part in a contest from one of the following stations:

• ES5TV: ARI International DX contest (5-6 May 2018)
• 9A1A: CQ M International DX contest (12-13 May 2018)
• EC2DX: His Maj. King of Spain contest (23-24 June 2018)
• 4O3A: CQWW RTTY contest (29-30 September 2018) 

• A44A Oman (CQWW 160m contest SSB February 2018)
(applications closed)

Are you interested? Here you will find more information and also the application link.