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December YOTA Month 2018 Final Report

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Another December came and went, and with it another edition of December YOTA Month did as well. We are happy to host an event which brings young people – licensed HAM radio operators and youngster who are new to the hobby and are making their first QSOs alike, and inspires them to be more active on the bands and shows them there are many people listening on the other side. For a better overlook on the past month we make sure to keep statistics; this is not to say that the joy isn’t in the experience, but rather to confirm it. This year as many as 44 participating stations made 82,938 QSOs in December, proving once again that neither the weather nor the holidays can keep a radio amateur away from the station. And while December YOTA Month is not a competition, for the truly devoted to catching as many special calls as they can, there were awards and in 2018 there were 1516 awards downloaded throughout the DYM period. Most active this December were II5YOTA with the whopping 8,387 QSOs made from their station, whereas the 28th of December proved to be the most active day for the participating stations as 5,326 QSOs were made on that day alone. The most popular mode remains SSB with 46,989 QSOs made in this mode, followed by 28,064 QSOs made in CW, while 40m (30,280 QSOs) and 20m (31,004 QSOs) were the preferred bands. You can find the respective charts under https://events.ham-yota.com/stats where a more detailed presentation might be entertaining for you, but while the numbers are important to keeping track of things, what has been the most important to us from the very first December YOTA Month and will keep being the prime goal for the future as well, is that it continues to be an event that is awaited with excitement and concentrates on bringing young people in a world they might have not known anything about, yet might find themselves mesmerised by. So to all of you who show them the way to their first QSOs, keep up the great job and we can’t wait to hear from you next December.

December YOTA Month – Bulletin 2018

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December is getting closer and closer … and what does this mean for us?
It‘s time for some great activity on the bands in the upcoming DYM 2018!

But it’s not a good event without some rules, attached to this post you can find the official bulletin of 2018.

All participating stations will receive the PDF via the registered mail address as well.

This bulletin contains information like …

  • Overall rules for the event
  • Log system for approved callsigns
  • Station profiles on the DYM website
  • How to handle qrz.com pages
  • QSL policy
  • Hamyota on social media
  • FAQs
  • Funding
  • Newly implemented award system
  • General contact information

But the most important thing during the event … have fun and bring the youngsters on the radio!

Because we know that there is YOUTH in hamradio!

 

You can find the PDF here …

DYM_2018_Bulletin

December YOTA Month application is open

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Apply now for December YOTA Month.
Make sure to register before December starts!

The last few months of 2018 are approaching and we are excited to announce that our famous December YOTA Month will happen this year. We would like to invite you to take part with a callsign with YOTA as the suffix, for example, HA6YOTA. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands.

This is a great moment to show amateur radio to the world and to invite newcomers. Give a demonstration in a school, local club or scouting group, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up.
Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

This year we will have new diplomas and rules!
Diplomas can be achieved by working our YOTA suffix special stations which are run by young operators throughout December! We changed a bit on the general rules; 2 points can be achieved per worked stations and 1 extra point for every valid (not dupe) QSO per band per mode!

This is of course not a contest, but getting many youngsters on air from many countries. Be helpful on the bands, maybe these young operators are just making their first ever contacts!

The aim is that YOTA stations are in general operated by young people, with the age of maximum 25 years. The event will take place from 1 December 2018 00:00 UTC till 31 December 2018 23:59 UTC.

Are you interested? Would you like to take part or want to know more about the new diploma rules? Find more information on https://events.ham-yota.com/

You can also find us on social media platforms, like #hamyota on Facebook and @hamyota Twitter. You can also join our Facebook group by facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair where you can find up-to-date information during December.

December YOTA Month 2017 has started!

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It is finally December and we are excited to announce, that December YOTA Month has officially begun! It is time to get on the bands again to spread the YOTA spirit and have fun while showing young people how amateur radio is not only alive, but also active and ready to grow as an activity even in a world, where communication is by other means faster. December YOTA Month also encourages us who already have our licenses to come together as a community and interact even more actively. The readiness and eagerness of societies around the world to partake is each year proved by the number of registered stations that we have; this year more than 35 stations with a YOTA suffix were registered and will be on the bands for all of us to try and make a QSO with.

If you are interested in knowing more about the stations that are taking part in DYM you can check the main website www.ham-yota.com or the event’s website https://events.ham-yota.com/ for more information about them.

Last but definitely not least, we always love to receive feedback on your experience during December YOTA Month as it is a mirror of our work and helps us improve! Furthermore it’s a great way to share impressions with fellow HAMs and everybody who for some reason is not able to get on the bands to feel included in the event. This is why we encourage you to send us your stories and of course pictures that we will share on our page.

With all the formalities out of our way, we wish you a December full of QSOs in the local club or at home and perhaps many new editions to the local amateur radio society. Don’t forget that December YOTA Month is not a competition – it’s all about having fun and spreading the spirit here!

See you in the log during December!

Article: Gergana, LZ1ZYL
Picture: Claudia, DC2CL

December YOTA Month 2017 registration started!

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Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere, summer is starting in the southern part. Which means it’s time again for December YOTA month! We encourage you all to take part using a callsign with YOTA in suffix. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to become active on the ham radio waves.
Do you want to participate? Register here before December starts.

Registration YOTA December month started

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During the month of December, several youngsters will activate callsigns with YOTA as the suffix. The idea of this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active within the hobby! Consider giving a demonstration at a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up. Let’s show this great hobby to the world!
Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever so give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby without getting impatient, we all remember our first contact.
Like previous years there will be a special award available for persons who worked several YOTA stations.

To apply for a YOTA callsign you need to follow some rules:

Rules:
1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in the suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country. If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask you to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSOs must be sent as an ADIF file before 10th January 2017.
6- All QSOs must be made in December 2016.
7- This is NOT a contest; we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- Use the same YOTA callsign which was used in your country in the previous year(s)
*We are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*All applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2016.
Registration page: http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/register/

38 stations taking part in YOTA December month

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YOTA December month is about to start. 38 YOTA callsigns in total will be active from schools, scoutings or just used by young radio amateurs under the age of 26 years. Try to make a QSO with the youngsters, be aware that some of them are new to the radio hobby, while others are more experienced. Goal is to show this amazing radio amateur hobby to youth and to have more “youngsters on the air”.
The YOTA stations will be active throughout the entire month of December. All info about the stations is available on this page.

Award:
There is a special award available for working YOTA stations.
In total there can be 4 awards achieved:
Bronze: worked 5 YOTA stations
Silver: worked 10 YOTA stations
Gold: worked 15 YOTA stations
Platinum: worked 25 YOTA stations
Awards can be requested through this link.

Registration YOTA December month started

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The entire month of December several youngsters will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. Give a demonstration on a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSO’s or enjoy a great pile-up. Let us all show this great hobby to the world!

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSO’s, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.
Or apply for a YOTA callsign. To apply for this you need to follow some rules:

1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSO’s must be send as ADIF file before 10 January 2016.
6- All QSO’s must be made in December 2015.
7- This is NOT a contest, we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9’s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- All participating callsigns must apply!
Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2015.

*we are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*all applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

More info: http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/
Registration page: http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/register/