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Train the Trainer report – Sweden – January 2020

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1 December YOTA Month

The swedish youth team, SK0YT arranged a camp at SK7AX, SVARK amateur radio club. The camp gathered 5 youngsters from Sweden and one from Germany, currently studying in Sweden. During the weekend, we activated the callsign SH9YOTA. There was an article about the event published in the swedish QTC paper afterwards. The event generated positive response from the other parts of the swedish board.

There was also a day activity in Sundsvall, where SA3BPG, Markus activated the callsign together with three local youngsters. There was only three partici- pants but everybody were invited.

 

Figure 1: SA7GGO, Gustav and SA6BET, Wille taking down the masts after the DYM-event

Figure 2: Gustav, SA7GGO and Alexander SM7-8451 operating the station

Figure 3: Oliver, SA5ODJ and Claudia, SA5YCL operating

Figure 4: SA7GGO in the schack

 

2 Nordic youth meet

The nordic youth meet was held in Uppsala between 14th and 15th of December 2019. Participants from all the Nordic countries where there and the general planning for NOTA was made. There was also planning for youth activities and what one can do for a youth camp.

3 Upcoming events and youth team situation 3.1 NOTA 2020

Team Sweden will take part in NOTA 2020. The team will go by car in a big NOTA transport to camp Killingsholmen.

3.2 Youth team situation

The problem in sweden is still the geography. It’s hard to organize camps, to which people can get easily and still get enough participants since the travel time often is about 4-6h for a majority of the paricipants.

Train the Trainer report – Spain – January 2020

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Hi everyone! Another TTT report from the YOTA EA Team.

During October we enjoyed being on the front page of the national ham radio magazine, which caused some movement in social media, talking about YOTA camp, and the recent announcement of the Youth Committee in Iberradio fair. We also started to give some shape to the December YOTA Month in EA, organizing the system to allow everyone to get on the air, without being the same station in the same mode/band. Also, requesting the 2 callsigns that were used during December: EF4YOTA and EG2YOTA. We also participated on the JOTA-JOTI with 2 callsigns: EG1JAM and EG2JAM. (Maybe more, those are the ones we’re aware of)

November had also great news in the magazine: Lucía (11 y/o) had just got her callsign (EA1FDO). Apart from that, we were finally prepared for the DYM with a lot of enthusiasm.

The results of the DYM are: 4732 QSO with EF4YOTA and 1185 QSO with EG2YOTA. We’re very proud as some kids could try Ham Radio, and one of them has recently passed the exam and is waiting for a callsign.

We’re preparing some surprises for this summer. If everything goes well, we will be able to announce it soon.

Until next report,

73 from Spain!

Balkans On The Air 2020 – A YOTA Sub-Regional Ham Camp – Open for All Youngsters

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After 4 successful Serbian national YOTA camps, Amateur Radio Union of Serbia (SRS) decided to host first Balkan sub-regional YOTA event. It will be held from 3rd to 6th of April 2020. near Belgrade, capital city of Serbia. We invite all the Balkans youngsters to participate in this event and have fun weekend full of activities related to radio hobby and meet new people that share same interest. Balkans region is big so youngsters from Balkans will have priority, we will try to save some seats for youngsters from countries outside the Balkans.

Who?

Are you 15–25 years old and interested in amateur radio? You are welcome to this event. Newcomers to radio hobby are welcome. We only ask you to be a member of one of the IARU member societies.

Where?

The event will take place in the Deliblato Sands nearby Pančevo and Belgrade, Serbia. There is a youth camp complex with all required facilities (sleeping rooms, space for activities etc.).

Activities

At the moment, we are completing the full program. We can say that it’s going to be very interesting. It will be packed full with workshops and other activities, we want to introduce newcomers to hobby and also teach experienced radio amateurs some advanced stuff. Also there will be all famous Intercultural Evening – one of the most known activities form Youngsters On The Air events.

There will be at least 2 radio stations available at any time during your stay, covering HF, VHF and UHF.

You will definitely have fun and meet new people.

Costs?

Biggest part of the event is funded by IARU R1 and the SRS funds. We ask all participants to contribute a fee of €20. We recommend participating members’ societies to cover their participants’ travel costs.

Accommodation, 3 meals a day and activities are covered.

How to apply?

We have limited amount of spots available so we recommend applying as soon as possible. You can apply via this link. Applications are accepted from January 10th to February 10th.

We will send more detailed information to participants after the application deadline. Do you have any questions, feel free to contact Ljuba YU5EEA at yu5eea@sbb.rs.

See you soon!

73, Balkans On The Air Organizing Team

NOTA Norway 2020

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Nordics On The Air in Norway Easter 2020 – a YOTA sub-regional ham camp – open for all youngsters

This year, the annual Nordics On The Air ham youth camp will be held in Norway during Easter, the 10th-13th of April 2020. We invite all the Nordic youngsters to take part in a fun weekend full of radio related activities, meeting new friends and having a great time! Since this is a sub-regional YOTA camp, we have a few seats reserved also for you outside of the Nordic countries!

What will we do?
The program is mainly centered around amateur radio activities, introducing newcomers to the hobby as well as advanced exercises for seasoned radio amateurs. In addition to get the opportunity to go on air from the LA1YOTA station the program also includes an Intercultural Evening – one of the most beloved activities known from former annual Youngsters On The Air events. Do you want to advance your knowledge about the hobby? What about operating LA1YOTA? If that sounds exciting we encourage you to join us!

Where?
The event will take place in Camp Killingen, Killingsholmen, an islet south-west of Oslo. The campsite is on the south side of the islet where we are mostly to ourselves, surrounded by nature.

We want you to come!
NOTA is a camp for youngsters by youngsters. You all are welcome to join us. If this is your first youngster activity in the hobby we especially encourage you to apply and also if you have never been to a NOTA or YOTA sub-regional camp before! You don’t need to already have an amateur radio license, just be enthusiastic about the hobby! The goal of camps such as these is to activate youngsters in the sub-region. Please note that we prioritize participants under 26 years of age.

Applying through your own IARU member society
The application to participate has to go through your country’s member society (e.g. SRAL, SSA, NRRL, ÍRA, EDR). Applications are accepted from January 9th to February 9th. The amount of attendees is limited, so we recommend contacting your member society quickly if you are wondering whether to participate! If you are not yet a member, now is a good chance to join!1 Some of you might be contacted about NOTA by your association.
Please contact your national member society for applying.

Fees and further info
There is a symbolic participation fee of 20 euros / 200 NOK including all meals and accommodation. We recommend participating members’ societies to cover their participants’ travel costs.

More detailed info will be sent to the participants soon after the application deadline. With any further questions, please contact us at nota@nrrl.no.

Stay tuned!

73, we hope to see you in April!

The Nordic NOTA organizing team


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About International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member societies

IARU member societies in the Nordic countries are:
Denmark: EDR, edr.dk
Faroe Islands: FRA, fra.fo
Iceland: ÍRA, ira.is, e-mail: ira@ira.is
Norway: NRRL, nrrl.no, e-mail: yota@nrrl.no
Finland: SRAL, sral.fi, e-mail: nuoriso@sral.fi
Sweden: SSA, ssa.se, e-mail: youth@ssa.se

All other IARU member societies worldwide can be found at iaru.org/member-societies.html. See the web page of your home country’s association on how to join it. Youth memberships are usually not costly and IARU member societies warmly welcome you aboard! If you have trouble contacting your association or need any assistance with applying to NOTA, don’t hesitate to drop us an email. We’d be glad to help.

UPDATE: YOTA Subregional Camps 2020

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We are happy to announce the third Subregional Camp in 2020.

From 03.04. – 06.04. youngsters will be hosted by IARU member society SRS in Serbia.

Furthermore the dates for the other two camps:

NOTA camp in Norway will be held from 10.04. – 13.04. by NRRL.
The camp in Hungary will take place from 11.06. – 15.06. by MRASZ.

Stay tuned for the upcoming opening of the applications.

73 YOTA PR Team

 

Kidsday 4 January 2020

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Just in the beginning of 2020 it’s time for a new Kidsday. Kidsday is generally on the first Saturday in January and the third Saturday in June. This event is especially created to promote Amateur Radio to youth. This is a moment where you can share your amateur radio hobby with your family, grandkids, friends, scouts or even to the general public. This day can be the first time for youth to experience a real radio QSO, hopefully they get interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator.

You could make use of this suggested exchange: Name, age, location and favourite colour. Be sure to work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”

Suggested frequencies IARU R1:
10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.080 to 7.120 MHz
80 Meters: 3.650 to 3.750 MHz

Other suggested frequencies by ARRL:
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

Are you taking part in Kidsday? Share your experience with us by email, via facebook or Instagram @hamyota_offical.

Visit the ARRL website for more info.

Winter YOTA – Day 4 – Recap

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Sunday marked the day of departure from the winter YOTA camp in Oosterhout. During the morning the participants were shuttled to the train station from where they made their way home.

Over the last 3 days the youngsters learnt a lot about the amateur radio hobby. Many of them discovered new things to delve into, like satellite communications. Many had the opportunity to have their first QSOs on HF with the special event callsign PA6YOTA. But this week was also about learning activities and skills which the youngsters can take home to their country and use to get more youngsters fascinated by the hobby. Combining amateur radio with fun activities with like-minded youngsters is the key to spreading the hobby among young people.

On the previous evening the sponsors of Winter YOTA were invited to the camp. The participants presented all the activities they had done over the last days and what they had learnt. The presentations included a short recap of each activity. For example, the satellite workshops, off-air contest and QRM finder kit. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winter YOTA games. The teams could accumulate points during all the activities of the camp, such as the treasure hunt and pub quiz. Furthermore, points were awarded to the team with the most QSOs and the team with the furthest QSO.

Special thanks to all those who made this unforgettable camp possible. Thanks to the crew and to the sponsors, without them it would not have been possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Winter YOTA – PA 2019

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With only a few days left till Winter YOTA, we want to thank our sponsors to make this event possible! Young amateur radio enthusiasts coming from Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Serbia and The Netherlands will be travelling to Oosterhout, in the Southern part of The Netherlands. Listen for PA6YOTA 12-15 December and make a QSO with one of the youngsters. Follow the YOTA pages for updates on the event!

Youth on the Air Camp Coming to IARU Region 2

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The first camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America is coming to West Chester, Ohio in June, 2020.

A summer camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25 will take place June 21 through June 26, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, according to an announcement today by the Youth on the Air (YOTA) committee in IARU Region 2. The camp is being hosted by the museum and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA). The camp, a modified version of the popular Youngsters on the Air camps in IARU Region 1 covering Europe and Africa, is operated by Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS). EARS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and activities. IARU Region 2 covers North, Central and South America. The camp will focus on building peer & mentor relationships and learning how to take amateur radio to the next level. Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related subjects, such as Radio Contesting, Electronic Kit Building, D-STAR, APRS, Satellite Communications, Building Antennas, and Radio Direction Finding and Orienteering. Campers will also build teams and contesting skills by using amateur radio at nearby Kings Island Amusement Park. A high altitude balloon launch is also being planned. Social and team building activities include a pizza and pool party, a trip to Dave & Buster’s and operation of a special event station using the call sign W8Y. The event is a pilot for what hopefully will become a future series at other locations. This is the first camp specifically for youngsters 15 to 25 living in the Americas who already have their amateur licenses.

This camp could not take place without financial and equipment support. Campers will use the latest and greatest amateur radio equipment courtesy of ICOM America, Heil Sound, X-Tronic, and R&L Electronics. Major financial supporters at the time of this press release include: the Yasme Foundation, the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Orlando Hamcation and Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC), the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), Dayton Hamvention and Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), the Huntsville Hamfest, the ARRL Foundation, Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA), Radio Amateurs of Canada, and Gary West, K8DEV & Dee Dee West, KA8DXE. Their financial support makes it possible for these aspiring young amateur radio operators to attend the camp at a greatly reduced cost. Clubs and individuals who wish to donate to help further defray the costs of the camp can do so via PayPal by visiting YOTAregion2.org, and clicking on the donate button. Donations can also be made on GoFundMe. More information about YOTA in the Americas as well as the summer camp can be found at YOTAregion2.org, and on YOTAregion2 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. YOTAregion2.org is also sponsored by ICOM America.