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Train the Trainer report – Germany – February 2019

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How to explain amateur radio

Explaining amateur radio in a few sentences can be quite challenging. Here are a few ideas collected from german youngsters:

“We use radios to call out into the whole world, waiting for a response from someone. We don’t care at all about who is coming back, we’re excited about who is answering and where our signal was received. We might even get an answer from countries of which we don’t know much about.”

“It’s comparable with a random chat with someone around the world. But the main point is that we use our own communication system with radios and antennas, so we’re completely independent of the internet, mobile or telephone network.”

“As radio amateurs we deal with a lot of different topics from natural sciences, e.g. satellite radio, contacts through the world with less power or electronic self-building projects.”

A possible counter-question to why we still concern ourselves with amateur radio these days is

“Why is horse-riding still a popular hobby, if there are cars, trains and airplanes?”

Besides all the colloquial explaining, it might be still the best idea to actually show, what ham radio is. A possible way to do so is to introduce it through school or local youth activities, e.g. a small fox hunt, some on-air-activities or a classical introductory course to soldering.
As an example: This was just done by an active radio club (DARC E09 near Hamburg) where they organized some activities for an open-door day in the mid of February at a school in their town.

TrainTheTrainer-report: Update February

We‘re finally looking forward to our Subregional Camp in Baunatal in March! During the last two months we focused on everything concerning the camp.

Besides a lot of organizing points, we also tried to advertise our camp as well as possible, so that nearly every youngster knows about it. This includes: promoting the camp on the DARC website, post on the social media accounts of the DARC and YOTA as well as reposting it, writing a general email to all young DARC members, advertising in the CQDL magazine (German ham radio magazine) and also directly contacting youngsters.

It actually worked well since the camp is completely full and we also got a high number of participants from Germany itself.

Besides the planned activities for all youngsters, we want to use the chance to get to know the German youth and try to figure out, what they think about youngsters in amateur radio and what kind of youth activities they’re interested in. Together with them and depending on all youngsters preferences, we want to find a strategy, how we can improve the youth situation in general.

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Train the Trainer report – Finland – February 2019

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Here is our report no. 3. And pictures can be found here:

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Also our Instagram is @nordicsontheair


Next two months won’t only make a big difference for young Finnish hams, but it will also be a step ahead for whole Nordic European amateur radio community! As we have mentioned before in December Train The Trainer report, we are organising a sub-regional YOTA-camp, NOTA (Nordics On The Air) In Finland.

The camp, which was held in Sweden last year, will happen in Southern Finland this April from 19th to 22nd. The Programme of the event will be similar to YOTA camps including, for example, beginner-friendly radio orienteering, working from OH2YOTA, popular intercultural evening and of course, sauna, the Finnish way of having conversations!

Even though the camp is mainly meant for Nordic youngsters, we also welcome people from everywhere else in Europe! Be quick, we have a limited amount of places for participants and the sign up closes on February 24!

In the next two months, Finnish youth will be represented in the spring event and biannual meeting of Finnish Amateur Radio League. As usual, youngsters will be taking part in the event as well as helping in organizing it. Also, amateur radio hobby will be advertised in a couple of fairs during the end of winter and spring. In later 2019, we will be organizing more camps to get the youngsters better into the community.

Biggest problems in getting new youngsters are usually in them, people just aren’t interested anymore or on the other hand don’t have either time or resources for the hobby. In Finland, we have a great experience in recruiting new people to the hobby. How we describe the hobby to a youngster goes something like this: Amateur radio is about being international, making contacts with other radio amateurs all over the world, and of course, making new friends. These are not the only things that this hobby has to offer, there is something for everyone!




Train the Trainer report – Ethiopia – February 2019

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With the collaboration of Addis Ababa University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a seminar has been organized which was presented by Ken Claerbout (K4ZW). In this seminar, an overview of last December’s HF propagation study of the 1.8 MHz and 3.5 MHz presented. Attendees have also gained awareness about aspects of HF radio propagation, the unique challenges of the 1.8 MHz and 3.5 MHz bands, lessons learned, and technology available to improve reliability.


For the last couple of months, we have focused more on equipping the new youngsters with the necessary skill and knowledge that would help them to become a better amateur radio operator. Currently, the new youngsters can perfectly operate on SSB and FT8 modes.


We have organized a small workshop that emphasized on creating awareness about amateur radio. In this workshop, an overview of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS) presented and the attendees have also visited the society’s only club station, located at Addis Ababa University.

Plan for the Next Two Months

  • Recruiting new youngsters
  • Kit building

Thanks for Reading!

The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA)

February 2019

Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – February 2019

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Train the Trainer report

14 February 2019

ACTIVITIES SINCE 18th OF December 2018

  • ●  Haroldas LY5IM has been further working on the High-Altitude Balloon project. The website is being further developed (​​) .The balloon project has aired on national television alongside with LY5IM Haroldas, LY3FF Vilius and LY2EN Simonas Kareiva, telling more about the hobby of amateur radio itself . The video can be found at the ending of the report.
  • ●  Software and hardware for the baloon are being tested.
  • ●  Domantas, LY1JA has been developing Amateur radio manual for beginners.
  • ●  People of all backgrounds are periodically invited to participate in ARDF activities,however as it is winter, there were not that many volunteers. 10 new ARDF

    receivers are built to be available for newcomers for the next season.

  • ●  Vilnius University club members on a regular basis have brought interested peopleto the radio station in order to gain new people. As of last month we have a new

    club member – Gedas LY5GK.

  • ●  A news article featuring radio sport about Simas LY3EU was published [2].
  • ●  Simonas Kareiva has also presented the hobby during national LRT radio show„Ryto garsai“ [3], and LRT TV show “Savaitė“ [4]. During both occasions, the

    hobby was presented to a wide public.

  • ●  Over 1400 qsos were made during the YOTA activity month on air.PLANS FOR NEXT 2 MONTHS
  1. Continue working with new interested people;
  2. Further work towards LY high altitude amateur radio balloon experiment;
  3. As the weather gets warmer – start doing portable and ARDF activities (ARDFseason starts on 11th of Mar)


  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 – the yearly meeting will take place this March, suggestion for youth committee have been already proposed;
  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;

Special question: When a youngster who has never before heard of amateur radio asks you what it is, how do you explain it in a few short sentences?

We had a few suggestions…:

Train the Trainer report – USA – February 2019

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In the past few months, a lot has happened with Train the Trainer in the USA.  Our main focus these past few months has been the YOTA month and what we call “CQ Santa.”  CQ Santa is where we set up a station at a local hardware store and let kids of all ages talk to Santa over the air.  This year, fourteen kids got to talk to Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas, along with any questions they had about him or his reindeer.  Our plan is to do this in the coming years as well.

YOTA month was slower than we expected, but we were able to make over 1000 contacts.  Many of these contacts were made by young hams helping kids and kids at heart (a.k.a. adults) get on the air for the first time and experience amateur radio.  There is nothing like the feeling a kid gets when they call CQ for the first time and someone answers them from another country, or even just another state.

One other thing has contributed to Train the Trainer.  Faith Hannah (AE4FH and the author of this report), Hope (KM4IPF), and their dad James (WX4TV) did a four-day DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas (112 km off Key West, Florida in the USA) using the callsign N4T.  During this, we were able to educate around five people in person about amateur radio.  One of these people was a ham that was camping.  He heard us on the air and went scouring the island to find us and ask us what we were doing.  Eventually he found us and, after explaining what was going on, we got him on satellite for the first time ever.  He was extremely excited to have talked to someone through a 10 cm by 10 cm cube flying through space.  Most of the encouraging of youngsters that we did was talking to them on the air.  We were able to work around ten kids from all over the USA and Mexico.  The girl from Mexico that we worked was excited about talking to another girl.  This contact gave me a chance to encourage her to pursue the hobby.  Seeing that she was having trouble understanding English over the radio, I talked to her in Spanish when I could to help her out.  After all, that could have been her first time on the air.

In the future, we plan to continue our YouTube channel Ham Radio (dot) World, where we have been able to inspire people of all ages to get their license.  We are also considering a YOTA day, which was described in the last Train the Trainer report.  In the next few years we hope to have a YOTA summer camp in the USA.  We plan to have events throughout the year where we set up a station and allow anybody to get on the air for the first time.  We also plan to spread the word of ham radio by going to hamfests and encouraging people to get active on the bands.

Train the Trainer report – Macedonia – February 2019

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Firstly, the YOTA Month 2018 was a bigger success in Macedonia than the one in 2017, since the number of youngsters participating in the event increased by a lot. As opposed to last year, when only a handful of young hams took up the activity, this year many more joined us, even ones who hadn’t been active on the air very much before. Together, on both callsigns, we made around 1000 QSOs. Even though that is relatively few, we still consider it a success and improvement as it was an opportunity to introduce at least ten new young hams to the hobby. We hope that their respective mentors do not wait until next December to activate them again, and instead provide them with the skills required to work QSOs year-round.

Alongside last year’s participants Andrej Mickov Z33RTF, Andrej Antunovic Z35TUN and Veljan Gjorgiov Z33C, joined this year by Vane Jovanov Z31VAJ, the YOTA Month also proved to be great motivation for youngsters who did not have a licence yet to get into the hobby. These were:

  • Ivan Stoilkov, age 12
  • Metodi Donev, age 12
  • Ivan Zafirov, age 14
  • Darko Gjorgievski, age 14
  • Boban Gerasimovski, age 14
  • Mia Zakev, age 10
  • Stefan Jovanov, age 10
  • Stefan Trajkovski, age 10

Specially mentioned are Lina Janeku via her mentor Petrika Janeku Z34PEC, Petar Hristovski who at 10 years old made his first QSO during the activity, and Neda Koceva, mentored by her father Igor Kocev Z33IKN, whose photo of her operating a rig in Gazi Baba Park became viral among the ham community on Twitter and Facebook.

Moreover, six people under the age of 14 passed the licence exam and now have their own callsigns. These youngsters also participated in the IARU Kids Day on 5 January this year.

It has to be said that the activities during the month of December were predominantly during the weekends, because the youngsters had school obligations as part of the end of the semester, as well as because of the lack of fixed stations in Skopje and Stip, where instead the youngsters worked /P or from the contest location in Sushevo.

While so far the majority of young ham activity has been centered in Bitola and Skopje, in the year 2019, the Radioamateur Society of Macedonia will invest more time in activating the other cities and towns of Macedonia where there is potential for activity, as well as an abundance of more experienced hams, who can mentor the youngsters.

Recently there has been an interest in setting up stations for remote use, with the reasoning that youngsters can now work QSOs from home during the school days. This solves the issue of some youngsters not having access to a local radio club or station. By no means is it meant to replace regular club activity, as that is a vital part of the hobby, but instead to boost activity by Macedonian youngsters on the air in periods when they are too busy to go to a club. Remote stations were implemented by Z35TUN and Z33RTF in the Radio Club “Stevo Patako” in Bitola and by Z33C in his local radio club in Kavadarci.


73, and we will hopefully report back in two months with more good news.

DE Z35TUN Andrej Antunovic

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

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.