UK team member, Peter Barnes M0SWN, was the first YOTA 2017 participant to complete the QRP Labs CW transceiver kit. We created a short video to show him making a contact with GB17YOTA, the YOTA 2017 special event station, using his completed kit and the quarter wave vertical SOTA antenna he also made during the Youngsters on the Air summer camp. Take a look.
Each day at YOTA 2017 is packed with activities both on and off the site. In Sunday’s Daily Diary we’ve focused on youngsters working GB17YOTA in the shack, the buildathon and the intercultural event in the evening. Take a look at this snapshot of the day… www.rsgb.org/yota-dd
80 Youngsters from 26 countries will be enjoying an exciting week in the UK. A week full of ham radio and making new international friends.
They are taking part in an interesting program, here a few highlights:
– Tuesday an ARISS contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli
– Intercultural evening where everyone brings food from their home country
– Kit building
– SOTA activity
– Visit to London, Bletchley Park and Ofcom
– Operating the station GB17YOTA, in all kind of digital modes, CW and Phone
– All youngsters will be taking part in the UK foundation license exam
Want to know what the 80 young radio amateurs from 26 countries are doing at YOTA 2017?
Our Daily Diaries will give you a brief video summary of the activities they’ve enjoyed and the fun that they’ve had.
Take a look…
During the week some of the YOTA 2017 participants will be visiting Ofcom’s Spectrum Management Centre in Baldock. With the ever-increasing demand for radio-based services, monitoring of the radio spectrum plays a vital role today in keeping the spectrum clean for authorised users, particularly the emergency services. It is also an essential and integral part of the spectrum management process, producing and evaluating data to aid spectrum managers in their day-to-day work. The radio monitoring station, located near Baldock in Hertfordshire is Ofcom’s “listening ear” on the radio spectrum.
We have confirmation from ARISS operations that a contact with astronaut Paulo Nespoli has been scheduled for the participants of YOTA 2017 on Tuesday, 8 August at 18:38UTC. This will be from the Columbus module of the ISS and will include live video from HamTV. Keep an eye on www.rsgb.org/yota for updates on this and all the other activities that will be happening during YOTA 2017.
With less than a week to go, our latest vlog features YOTA’s very own Lisa Leenders, PA2LS! As you know, Lisa is passionate about encouraging young people to enjoy amateur radio and she is looking forward to being part of another successful YOTA summer camp, this year in the UK… Take a look at this and all the other vlogs to remind you of the people you might meet at the event: www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs
Our latest vlog introduces RSGB Youth Committee Deputy Chair Milo, 2E0ILO who is leading the UK team at YOTA 2017 next month. Milo went to Friedrichshafen to be part of the YOTA handover ceremony, taking the YOTA key and flag from last year’s host, Austria. He’s looking forward to YOTA 2017 and meeting teams from around the world. Take a look: www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs
The Gilwell Park site is very large so there will be lots of space to hide beacons to track with direction-finding equipment. There’ll be a prize for the fastest time to find all of the hidden transmitters.