Youth Contesting Program

Youth Contesting at ES9C and 9A1A

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In 2016 we continued IARU R1’s Youth Contesting Program (YCP). Youth from Region 1 travelled to the station of ES5TV (ES9C) and took part in the ARI International DX contest while another group went to 9A1A to take part in the CQ-M International DX contest.
The youngsters have written down a summary of the amazing experience they had during both contests, you can read them below:


Peter (SA2BLV) from Sweden, Teodora (LZ2CWW) from Bulgaria, Dagi from ET3AA club station in Ethiopia and Fiodor (IZ7YBG) from Italy travelled to compete together with ES youngsters (ES7GM, ES5HTA) and a few local old timers at the station of ES5TV. The goal of winning the world was supposedly met with plenty of margin despite horrible propagation and somewhat limited contesting experience. Everyone was able to try out contesting in 3 different modes and 3 different operating positions (RUN/S&P/MULT). Having all the stations interlocked to each other provided the ops with a great challenge of trying to synchronize with each other’s transmissions and avoiding getting killed by the mad RUN op who was blocked by 4 different stations all the time. Due to having another contester born into my family (ES5TV) Sunday morning I was not able to be present but everyone was having plenty of fun without it. Not to mention abundance of food prepared by Tonu, ES2DW on constant basis.
In total 1848 QSOs were made in Phone, CW and RTTY. Score: 3,086,350








Once again, the Croatian DX Club 9A1A, had the pleasure of being the host of the IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Programme. Young contesters came from Hungary to participate in the CQ-M International DX Contest together with our club youngsters.
The members of the contesting team were the Hungarian youngsters Tomi (HA9T) and Novice OP Gabor;  9A1A young team members Mihaela (9A7MIM), Domagoj (9A7CDZ), Eugen (9A5AEV), Marina (9A5CKM), and Luka (9A5CPL);  and experienced 9A1A team members Emil (9A9A), Braco (9A7R) and Nikola (9A5W).

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The youngsters arrived on the contest location on Friday May 13th where they spent the late afternoon and evening talking about the SAC SSB event, YOTA 2015 and future YOTA activities.
On Saturday morning in accordance to the contest rules the team prepared a strategy. With goal of allowing the young part of the team to handle the majority of the contesting participation.

We used the 9A1A call throughout the event. Equipment set up was as it is for Multi-Multi but with use of Multi OP-single transmitter contest rules. Propagation conditions were nice. A big surprise was that the there were 10 meter band openings on both days. As Saturday and Sunday were very rainy days, even with heavy rain showers, beverage antennas helped a lot to receive signals on 160, 80 and 40 meters bands.

Within 24 hours, 2273 QSOs were logged of which  90% were logged by youngsters!
It was obvious that they really enjoyed huge pile-ups on all bands after band or mode exchange.
Main business for 9A9A, 9A7R and 9A5W was coordination of band and mode use of the running station and multipliers.
In the end we achieved a promising score and we expect to be have top results in MOST categories.

Braco, 9A7R, was our main chef and took care of preparing food in big quantity and excellent quality.

Event impressions are excellent. Bigger than after SAC contest. World wide and multi mode contest gave the youngsters more fun and dynamcs in making QSOs. All of them agreed that in future 9A1A should organize YCP in such type of the contest.
Event was closed Sunday afternoon with pan-cakes in Velika Gorica, a city 17 km away from the contesting location. This city is also the was arrival and departure location for Tomi, HA9T and Gabor.
It was another nice occasion to exchange contest impressions, speaking about the possibility of a new YCP event in the second half of 2016 and in case that we repeat YCP participation in CQM 2017 how to improve QSO rates like some Russian stations did this year.
The youngsters’ future plans in amateur radio were also discussed, where less experienced youngsters told us about their plans, specialy regarding knowledge of Morse code.

Announcement ES5TV team

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The next YCP activity will take place during the ARI International DX contest in May 2016.
Besided the young Estionians, 6 young international radio amateurs will get the oppertunity to take part from ES5TV’s station.

The lucky ones who are part of team:

Dagmawit Solomon ET3AA
Tsegaye Atsbeha KB3WWJ (Ethiopia)
Peter Lundberg SA2BLV
Hendrik Teuber DD5HT
Teodora Getsova LZ2CWW
Fiodor de Palma IZ7YBG



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Croatian DX Club, 9A1A, had pleasure to host the second event of IARU Region 1 Youngsters Contesters Programme. Young contesters came from Austria and Hungary and to them joined members of our youngsters 9A1RBZ contesting team.

Saturday morning was spent for introduction of location facilities. Their mentors Ivica- Braco,9A7R, and Nikola, 9A5W explained how 9A1A had built station and what is philosophy of equipment and antennas set-up. Heavy rain stopped longer stay outside to look in detail how antenna systems are installed.

Contest team was Flo (OE3FTA), Tomi (HA8RT), Mihaela (9A7MIM), Petar (9A5CPP), Domagoj (9A7CDZ), Eugen (9A5AEV) and Hungarian beginner Gabor. On Sunday joined them Mateo, 9A5CMM. Call 9A1RBZ was used. Equipment set up was as it is for Multi-Multi, with no inband addition,  but with use of Multi-single contest rules. Unfortunately propagation conditions were very bad on 10 and 15M, those two bands were closed almost whole time. In addition heavy raining on Saturday/Sunday evening caused a lot of noise on 80M band.
But score achieved is promising to have top result between five non Scandinavians.

The whole contest they worked alone, supervision from 9A7R and 9A5W was almost no needed. Only to give advice regarding use of antenna systems, band openings and importance of asking multipliers for band exchange. As some of them know each other from YOTA events free time during contest was nicely used to talk and making jokes between themselves and enjoy in good food prepared by 9A7R.

Event impressions are excellent one. Immediately a question was on the table :
„ Which contest is next one ?“

As all of them like SSB mode, RTTY not so much, within 9A1A we decided to offer to them and other Region 1 youngsters participation in OK-OM DX Contest SSB. Event is on April 9/10th 2016. Contest has duration of 24 hours and it is world wide and it has Multi-Two category which can give more fun then Multi-Single in case of bigger number of participants.

Event was closed in Sunday afternoon hours on „Domestic way“ prepared grill in Velika Gorica, city 17 km far from contest location and which was starting point for come back to home for OE3FLA, HA8RT and Gabor. Lunch was nice occasion again to exchange contest impressions and their future plans in amateur radio.


                                                                                                Nikola Perčin , 9A5W

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Next YCP contest location: 9A1A-9A1RBZ

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9A1A contest location is in village Kozjača, located about 40km SE from Zagreb or 20 km from Zagreb Airport. Station is constructed for Multi – Multi operation, and such installation permits MS, M2 or SO SB contest participation. Station set up includes to be on air in SO SB category in same time on all six bands.

There are 4 antenna towers, 2 times 36 meters, one 40m and one 26m height.
Shack has 62,5m2 including operating room, small bath room, kitchen and sleeping room.
The whole infrastructure is built in accordance to Croatian law. It passed „Technical Acceptance Test” and it has „Usage permit“ issued by appropriate authorities.
That means „No problem with any possible complaints from neighbours“ !

Antenna installation has 36 various antennas. Antenna systems are selected by antenna switchers, antenna rotation is in use in rare situations.

9A1A has two contest teams.
The first one is consisted by all club members having good contesting skills, and team includes our youngsters too. 9A1A call is in use.
Guest operators from all over the world are always welcome.

Second team is youngsters’ team.
They started in amateur radio as second grade students of Technical school Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb. Some of them are now on University, some of them are still school students.
In contests they are using call 9A1RBZ. They are in age between 16 and 20.
9A1RBZ is call for station installed in school. Croatian Amateur Radio sub law permits use of any call on other location with power limits given in licence of host station, and that is why they are using 9A1RBZ call.

9A1RBZ members have been world winners as team or single band operators in EA RTTY Contest 2014, SCC RTTY Championship 2014, YO DX HF Contest 2014. They have been on top list two times in UBA DX Contest SSB, years 2014 and 2015.
Claimed scores in SCC RTTY Championship 2015 shows to be world winner again.

From this year starting with SAC SSB Contest 9A1RBZ will participate in IARU Region 1 „Youth Contesting Program“ – YCP.

In SAC SSB 9A1RBZ team members are :
OE3FTA, Florian
9A7MIM, Mihaela
9A7MSM, Marija
9A7CDZ, Domagoj
9A5CPP, Petar

Maybe some others will join them.

Youngsters from IARU R1 are welcome to participate in 9A1RBZ contest team.
Next contest planned is EA RTTY Contest 2016.
Actions will be coordinated with Lisa, PA2LS IARU R1 Youth WG Chairman.


view to contest location


Mihaela, 9A7MIM



Latest news from 4O3A Super-station

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First IARU YCP program started Friday, when 14 HAM radio operators from five counties meet on Obosnik, at 4O3A Super-station, highest hill in Boka KotorskaBay, Montenegro. They setup a station for Multi Two, and had first on site presentation and introducing of station layout. IARU Youngster team is running last 6 hours of CQWW RTTY contest. They are fighting for first place in Multi Two category, supervised and instructed in fly by group of Slovenian experienced operators. Whatever score they will make, experience and knowledge they will take back home is invaluable.

Monday, 28th September all group will have daily trip to see Montenegro beauty, and will visit Montenegrin Agency for Telecommunication in Podgorica capital.

YCP: First young contest team in CQWW RTTY at 4O3A

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The first youth team taking part in IARU R1’s new Youth Contesting Program (YCP) is ready to start in the CQWW RTTY contest. All participants arrived at the station 4O3A in Montenegro. The youngsters are excited to be part in this contest from a so called “big gun station” which will be for most of them a new experience.
The next activity will be in two weeks from 9A1A during the SAC contest 10-11 October.
This young international team is active in the CQWW RTTY contest from 4O3A:
S57BM, Matej
IT9RGY, Gabriele
IZ6TSA, Nicolò
YU3VIP, Vasilije
E70RA , Alem
E75DCE, Dino
E79AA, Hasan
4O9IT, Dragisa
Marko, 4O9TT