Team YOTA @HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen 2019 – Day 3

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The last day of the fair started again at 9 o‘clock. While the whole fair wasn‘t as crowed as Saturday, we were visited by a lot of people who were attracted by all the YOTA promotion activities of the previous day. Also some of the Big Gun Contest stations came by to discuss further details about the Youth Contesting Program. We hope to soon announce more upcoming YCP events!

At 12 o‘clock the last prize draw for this year‘s fair took place. Great to see again a crowd around our booth and the happy faces of our winners!

Soon the fair was coming to an end and it was time for the dismantling. Everything stowed away in the car, the team made their way home again. Thank you to all people involved into the preparations, the organisation and the presence for our very own YOTA booth this year – you have been awesome!

At this point also a huge THANK YOU to the DARC HamCamp organizers who offered our international youngsters a cheap and most comfortable place to stay over the weekend directly in the fairgrounds. They already announced that they will have more capacity coming up in next years editon!

See you all again at HamRadio 2020 in Friedrichshafen. Don‘t miss all our activities through the year; keep updated about our events via our homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

73 de YOTA PR Team

Team YOTA @HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen 2019 – Day 2

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The YOTA booth was ready for today’s fair at nine o’clock. Right at the beginning the first visitors were already there. Attracted by the many young people at the booth, many came by during the day, from young to old, to find out more about YOTA and its activities.

Around 10 am most of the youngsters could be found in room Liechtenstein, where the International Youth Meeting took place again. The room was full beyond the last chair! We even had to organize a few more chairs for all the visitors. After a short welcome by our chair Lisa (PA2LS), Riku (JR2KHB) gave a special lecture about youth activities organized through YOTA Japan, a project born and inspired by YOTA of IARU Region1. But also the European activities did not come too short: reports from Germany (Claudia – DC2CL, Philipp – DK6SP), Finland (Kati – OH2FKX) and Italy (Silvio – IZ5DIY) about the latest YOTA Subregional Camps followed. In the end, of course, a photo of all the present youth should not be missing!

At noon the YOTA team (Claudia – DC2CL, Philipp -DK6SP) were guests at the Contest Forum and presented the Youth Contesting Program. The present Big Gun contesters from all over the world were astonished when they saw what excellent teamwork and places the youth teams made during their participation in the contest during the YCP Program!

At this point a big THANKS to Lukas (OE1LBS), Wolfgang (OE1WBS), Nici (OE1NBS), Sylvia (OE1YXS) and Pieter (ON1GPS) for streaming all the YOTA events during this years HAMRADIO!

In the afternoon all the youngsters gathered again in the big exhibition hall A1 for the annual “YOTA train”. The goal: to show everyone “YES, THERE IS YOUTH IN HAM RADIO!”. Starting at the YOTA booth, they visited the IARU member societies and long-time sponsors at their booths.

Later it was time for the drawing to find the today’s lottery winners. Everywhere around the booth was a huge crowd, hoping that their ticket will be the winning one.

At 6 p.m. the fair was over for Saturday – and the preparations for Sunday were on the agenda in the evening.

See you tomorrow,
73 de YOTA PR Team

Team YOTA @HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen 2019 – Day 1

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For the first time we were given the opportunity by IARU to organize our very own YOTA booth at HAMRADIO in Friedrichshafen this year.
We grabbed the chance instantly and organized everything … booth A1-594 was born.

We set up everything on Thursday in advance to be ready for the official opening on Friday 9 am.
Our booth has been crowded all day. We have been visited by a lot of youngsters from all over the world.
Meanwhile we ran the daily video reports from previous YOTA camps on our big TV screen an shared old memories together with participants.

A significant event today has been the flag handover from South Africa (2018) to Bulgaria (2019). With the help of YOTA Team OE we were able to stream it live on our official Facebook page. Moderated by our Youth WG Chair Lisa (PA2LS), we handed over the flag as well as our YOTA morse key without any problems. The audience were impressed by the presentations and videos from both teams.

After the flag ceremony finished, we went to our booth again and started the daily Prize Draw. You could win 5 brand new YOTA coffee/tea mugs and 4 original YOTA Hoodies. The booth was completely crowded and we found our lucky winners.

At 6 pm the fair closed its doors and we prepared the booth for the upcoming day tomorrow. Afterwards we all left for the annual YOTA dinner at lake Constance/Bodensee. Over 70 YOTA and friends joined at a Biergarten just next to the lake. We had great fun and everybody enjoyed the evening. Let’s see what happens tomorrow – see you soon at our booth.

73 de YOTA PR Team

Train the Trainer report – Finland – May 2019

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After the last Train The Trainer report we have done a lot for the ham radio youth – main focus on the camp Nordics On The air. The camp was held 19.-22.4.2019 in Leirisalo in Southern Finland. With the help of a total of 14 organizers we made it possible for 32 international youngsters to have an amazing time creating networks across borders while participating in amateur radio related activities. You can read more about the camp from the news here at


A lot of the Finnish Youth team’s time this year has been used for planning NOTA, but we have also remembered the coming summer and autumn. We will have a pre-planned youth meet in SRAL’s summer camp and the traditional Polar camp for Finnish youngsters will be re-organized in October. Not to forget the annual DYM operating weekend in December. We also have a great team of three participating in this year’s YOTA in Bulgaria.


Our problems in getting new youth into amateur radio are still the same as before. Finding time for the hobby and networking as the main ones. The brand of the hobby needs a facelift, since it is seen as weird and “nerdish”. We feel that Train The Trainer is a good initiative to face the problems together.


We still don’t get any information about newly licenced youth, but we do know that at least a couple very young radio scouts have recently gotten their licenses and they have been integrated to SRAL’s youth.


Our official social media pages are NOTA’s (Nordics on the air) Instagram @nordicsontheair and our new Nordics On The Air Facebook page which will be updated frequently. On top of that we have WhatsApp group chats for Finnish youngsters and our Youth team and Telegram groups for both Nordic co-operation and NOTA 2019.

YOTA booth @HamRadio 2019 in Friedrichshafen

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Are you ready for a different fair?

For the first time ever the IARU 1 youth committee will have its own YOTA booth in Friedrichshafen!
Yes, you got it right! It will be an adventure full of fun and meetings, sharing of experiences and activities and much more among the youngsters.

Look for us at Halle A1, booth A1-594 (directly next to the big DARC booth).


Furthermore, we recommend not to miss our events during the fair:

On Friday June 21st from 15:00 to 16:00 the South-African YOTA team will hand-over the YOTA flag as well as the official YOTA morse key to the Bulgarian team as start of the upcoming YOTA 2019 summer camp. It will be held near Sofia this August. This event takes place at the main stage.

On Saturday 22 June – Youth Meeting from 10:00 to 12:00 in room Liechtenstein.
The program for the youth meeting is:
– Introduction and the upcoming YOTA program in 2019 (by Lisa, PA2LS)
– YOTA in Japan (by Riku, JR2KHB)
– Subregional Camp Finland 2019, NOTA (by Kati, OH2FKX and team OH)
– Subregional Camp Germany 2019 (by Philipp, DK6SP)
– Subregional Camp Italy 2018 (by Silvio IZ5DIY)

You will also have the possibility to join our daily lottery at our booth and win our awesome YOTA merchandise hoodies at 3:30pm every day. Please stay tuned for more info to follow soon.

Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – May 2019

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Train the Trainer report

14 February 2019

ACTIVITIES SINCE 14th OF February 2019

  • ●  Lukas LY1LB and Haroldas LY5IM visited Vilnius Radvilų gymnasium and spoke about the activities of ham radio and how to become a radio amateur. Presentation about YOTA activities was also made, alongside the project of ARISS contact. The students had a hands on experience with a HF radio which was set up in the classroom. Photos can be found on Lithuanian amateur radio society facebook page. [1].
  • ●  Vilnius University club is continuing to grow. As of last month we have a new club member – Lukas LY1PG. The club will begin more HF operations as a new antenna was obtained – we have bought a new 3 element tri-bander yagi for 20/15/10m.
  • ●  An animated video about Amateur Radio hobby was released in Lithuanian on one of the most known educational channels in Lithuania [2].
  • ●  Amateur Radio Direction Finding has been regularly cultivated with at least one activity a week, every month. All of these ARDF meetings/trainings have been public and announced to a wide audience, frequently bringing new people who might eventually get in the hobby themselves.
  • ●  Simonas Kareiva has presented the amateur radio hobby to a large audience on prime-time evening hours of a major radio station “Radiocentras”
  • ●  The high-altitude balloon project, Amateur Radio manual are currently pending as per high work and study load to the participants.


  1. Continue working with new interested people;
  2. Further work towards LY high altitude amateur radio balloon experiment;
  3. ARDF activities. [3]


  1. 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;



Train the Trainer report – Team South Africa – May 2019

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The South African Radio League (SARL) report:

On the evening of 17 April, Höerskool Jeugland, a dual medium school in Kempton Park held their annual open day, where prospective grade 8’s come and see what the school has to offer.


On show was the Jeugland Radio club ZR6JRC. Licensed amateurs Cameron (ZS6CYE), Maryna (ZR6MC), Josh (ZU6JOS), Nadia (ZU6NAC) and RAE candidate Waldo took time to explain to the prospective Jeugies what amateur radio is all about and how to join the club and begin having fun.

The catch phrase ‘Your Gateway to a  Career in Engineering and Science’  really seemed to catch the eye and there was a lot of interest.

Pictures of the event can be seen on the SARL site at

Train the Trainer report – The Netherlands – May 2019

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Train the trainer – May 2019

This year, we have promoted Kids Day. An article was written in the club magazine Electron, edition of January.

From 15 to 17 March, a sub-regional camp was organized in Germany.

4 people from the Netherlands were present at this event. The visit of this camp is also summarized in an article for the club magazine Electron.

Also the sub-regional camp NOTA was visited by 1 Dutch member.

This year we will promote and try to participate to several activities, such as:

  • YOTA Bulgaria 2019
  • December YOTA month
  • Winter YOTA the Netherlands (12-12 / 15-12)
  • YCP (Youth Contest Program)

Another important activity this year is to meet youngsters and other people at the HAM radio convention 2019 (

On November 2nd, 2019, the 59th Ham Radio Convention will take place in The Netherlands. Organiser is VERON, the Dutch radio society. We have a youngsters place.

At last we are present at the JOTA/JOTI.

Every third (full) weekend of October a global JOTA/JOTI event take place.

Train the Trainer report – Germany – May 2019

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The YOTA Subregional Camp in DL finally took place! In Mid of March 60 Youngsters met and spent a great weekend  together. A daily report can be found on the website, see . This report will focus on our notes and organizing ideas behind the camp. It was mainly organizied by some former YOTA-Camp participants and voluntary youth workers of the DARC

Since we (the organisors) also wanted to include the international character of ham radio, we apply for a Subregional YOTA Camp and therefore also invited international youngsters. To not scare away German youngsters (e.g. younger ones), who might be afraid of a camp held in English, we decided to keep German as the main language, but with the opportunity to also have all program points in English, at least with an interpretor.

The amount of pupil youngsters in DL is quite high, so had to find a suitable date for them. School holidays aren’t harmonised, depending on where you live, you can have different holiday dates than others. Therefore the camp was just hold on one weekend.

The place for the camp should be the headquarter of the DARC in Baunatal, the accomodation was the Hotel owned by the DARC (we still had to pay for it, but we did get a discount). Due to the most capacity for everyone in the Hotel in Baunatal, the best suitable date was mid of March.

For advertising the event, we used several platforms: 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 was completely full and we also got a high number of participants from Germany itself.
Since we didn‘t like the idea of first come first serve, we decided to first went for a conditional registration, with a final acceptance of participants after the deadline. The idea behind that was mainly to avoid to many big youth groups from e.g. the same local club (since this tend to block a good get-to-know-each-other with everyone). We didn‘t had this szenario, but we had a few to many youngsters so we just used lottery to make a decision who get accepted.

For the programme we just followed two simple ideas: one was to have informative parts, the other was to get youngsters with same interests together. We therefore came to the following schedule:

Friday (at Hotel)

  • arrival until afternoon
  • welcoming and YOTA presentation
  • round of introductions (every participant)
  • dinner and intercultural evening


  • breakfast (at Hotel)
  • drive to DARC Headquarter and short welcoming
  • seperating into three groups; each group attended three events: CQDL magazine editorial department / QSL bureau /  general information about DARC Headquarter
  • lunch at Headquarter, afterwards walk to DARC radio centre
  • introduction of workshops (see below) and workshops
  • dinner, afterwards continuing workshops
  • drive to Hotel


  • breakfast (at Hotel) and drive to DARC radio centre
  • workshops
  • lunch, closing ceremony and goodbye

Each participant should decide on his/her own which workshops he/she wanted to attend. If there was a free time slot, everyone was invited to go to the shack. At any time there was a advisor in the shack, so that also unexperienced youngsters could go there. Another possibility during a free time slot was to go to one of the chill out areas. The idea behind this was that while realxing in on of the beanbags, you can easily talk and get in contact with another youngster next to you. It turned at that this worked pretty well, at the end of the camp everyone has spoken to nearly all other participants and therefore got to know a lot of other hams around his age.

Some workshops where held (spontaniously) several times, since collasions were unaviodable. The workshops were held by the participants themselves. The advantage behind this is to give the more experienced youngsters the opportunity to show their knowledge and on the other hand side to give the others the opportunity to learn from other youngsters, following the motto „youngsters for youngsters“.

Time flew by and soon the camp was over again. However, many have already said to take part in another amateur radio event. We hope and look forward to seeing more youngsters at such events soon.

Anyone is more than welcome to share any comments or questions with us! If you want to contact us directly, feel free to contact us also via

73, the organizing team

Train the Trainer report – Sweden – May 2019

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Swedish team report ”After YOTA 2018”

What have we done since last report?

NOTA 2019

NOTA, Nordics On The Air, a local IARU R1:s youth camp. In 2018, the first NOTA camp where held in on Hemsön, a small Island in Sweden, something that now have continued on into a larger cooperation between even more countries.

This year the Finnish team was the main organiser of this event, and boy what a fantastic work hey had done! For us in the Swedish team, this camp stared with roadtrips to the ferry over from Stockholm to Turku, with a second roadtripp to the campsite. We did arrive a bit earlier then the others, so we helped our fellow Nordics with the station and antennas.

When all the other participants had arrived to the camp, we had some teambuilding activities and finished the day with an intercultural evening, just like in any regular YOTA-camp. A lot of people to get to know and many different things to try from many different counties.

During the next two days we had the opportunity to listen to interesting presentations, try ARDF, activate a OHFF-station, build fruit-keyers, of-air-contest and most importantly: SAUNA!

In conclusion, the camp was very giving and made it possible to create a lot of new contacts and friends all around Europe.

After the camp we have now slowly started working with the Nordic courtiers for nest years NOTA, and only time will tell how that will work out, but I think it looks good!

Meetings and planning

We have had a lot of meetings with our youth-section in SSA where we both have discussed what we have done and what we want with the rest of the year.

What are we working with right now?

Weekend camp

We are planning a national camp for youngsters combined with older hams to booth exchange knowledge and to keep in contact with our friends all around our long country.

Planning for YOTA

Preparations for the Swedish participation for this yeas YOTA have started, and we are right know looking in to who are going to be participating

That is the status with the Swedish team right now. A fun start of the year, and a lot of fun left to do.

73 de Team Sweden