Train the Trainer report – Belgium – October 2018

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Since the 2018 YOTA Winter Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa, several initiatives have taken place in Belgium. We’d like to think this is because of the inspiration we gathered from hanging out with HAM’s our age and hearing each other’s ideas.

The greatest success story is that Ben ON6FBR and Ward ON8WR were received by the board of the national radio league of Belgium, the UBA (Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union). We discussed what we did in South Africa and shared our ideas of what needed to be done to lift youth participation in Belgium to a higher level. Our words were well received, as the UBA responded that they are open to all ideas considering youth participation and will discuss all propositions in order provide funds to carry out these ideas.

During the R1 UHF and up contest, the OT5A team – operating as OT5A/P – involved HAM radio operators as young as 13 years old. Almost half the contest team was younger than 30 and was very active on the radio. This involvement showed that age doesn’t matter and may even be a benefit to the operations. Especially during buildup, the help of 20-year old HAMs is appreciated among the more “experienced” operators.

One of the more ambitious projects that have started is “De Shack”, a makerspace in Sint-Laureins in the west of Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. This non-profit organization was formed by Tommy ON2TD with the aim to provide a workshop environment for all technology-curious people to come and work on their projects. There is a strong link with HAM radio, although this is not immediately obvious. As the project-building workshop at the YOTA camp showed, HAM radio is about so much more than just making QSO’s and contesting. “De Shack” tries to replicate this concept by organizing sessions teaching things such as making your own Bluetooth speaker, or a Halloween evening. There are frequent open sessions as well where you are welcome to drop in and work on your own projects. It is the hope of the organizing team that these youngsters will once find their way into HAM radio, and that it is wrong to bombardment them with radio technology from day one. It should be a gradual process, driven by a natural curiosity.

Meanwhile there are talks of organizing a camp next year for youngsters during the summer holiday at the Euro Space Center, linking the science and technology aspect of space and all its mysteries with HAM radio. A precise plan doesn’t exist yet, but it will certainly mimic aspects of the YOTA camp such as workshops to build things, site visits, cultural activities, combined with an on-site hotel and shared meals. It goes without saying that a 24/7 radio station will be available.

Belgium will also participate in the December YOTA month, the callsign ON4YOTA has been received and registration is open to have as many youngsters possible use the callsign. We’re certain this will again be a great success.

We also found out a new Telecommunication Law is being written in Belgium, that will make it easier to let people without a license operate a transceiver for events that aim to promote ham radio, and drop the age to get a callsign to 12 years (now you have to be 13 years old).

Our next big (youth) recruitment event that is coming up is FOSDEM. At FOSDEM, Kristoff ON1ARF, together with several Belgian radio clubs, puts up a portable HF station with next to it a 25m mobile antenna mast, and a lot of toys (SDR sticks, APRS beacon, satellite tracking equipment, …). FOSDEM (Free and Open-Source Developers European Meeting) is an event where over 5000 open-source software (and more and more also open-source hardware) developers from all over the world meet in real life. Last couple of years the interest in Software defined radio also got a big boost by GNUradio. Tons of people are using GNUradio every day to listen to all kind of transmissions and decode them, but a lot of them are not aware that as a ham they can transmit on a lot of bands as well. Most of them only know about CB-like operations on HF but don’t have a clue about the UHF / SHF bands we can use, about digimodes, APRS, digital voice on HF, satellites, ….

We always get a lot of very interested people over from all over the world, and try to direct them to a local ham radio club or to their national ham radio organization. Most visitors are over 18, but still a lot younger as the average HAM age.

Meanwhile Ben and Ward are involved in the organization of a hackercamp for families in Belgium and will continue to promote HAM radio directly to this audience with a portable shack, similar to the FOSDEM initiative of Kristoff. The next edition will take place in 2020.

This concludes our report of the YOTA activities in Belgium that have started since the 2018 YOTA camp in South Africa. We truly believe in a diverse approach, since there is a larger risk of failing and less outreach by organizing one single initiative. Thank you!

Train the Trainer report – Lithuania – October 2018

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ACTIVITIES SINCE YOTA 2018

  • On 14th of October, 2018 a on site competition called “Prof. A. Jurskio memorialas – 2018“
    organized by the Kaunas University of Technology radio club for youngsters of several age
    groups took place in Kaunas, testing youngsters knowledge, ability to assemble a kit, SWL
    contest, ARDF contest, VHF contest all in one event. Over 10 youngsters participated and
    competed against each other, winning prizes and gaining experience. One of the camp
    participants Linas LY5BT has assisted in organizing the event, building connections with the
    participants and organizers.
  •  Participant of YOTA 2018 Haroldas Lapinskas, who got his exam done in ZS was licenced in
    Lithuania as LY5IM. Haroldas is now actively working together with a local science-themed
    entertainment show “Mokslo sriuba” and Vilnius university radio club in order to launch their own
    amateur radio high-altitude balloon experiment.
  •  Barbora LY1KB, who attended YOTA camp in 2017 is actively working towards integrating the
    hobby into the Scouting community in Lithuania. She has made a cartoon educational video for
    scouts about our hobby. The video will also be released in English.
  •  Simas LY3EU has built a 2m APRS digipeater/iGate in his area to extend practically non-existent
    APRS coverage in Lithuania.
  •  A public presentation about YOTA 2018 was done at the Lithuanian Amateur radio society and
    streamed live on facebook.
  •  https://armanual.netlify.com/ – online Amateur Radio manual in Lithuanian and English is was
    opened for public, released by Domantas LY1JA

 

PLANS FOR NEXT 2 MONTHS

  1.  21st October 2018 – JOTA-JOTI Scouting event. 80m-10m HF station will be active;
  2. Release of educational cartoon about Amateur Radio.
  3.  Further work towards LY high altitude amateur radio balloon experiment.
  4. Youngsters only operation in CQWW SSB contest (station and participants not clear yet)

LONG-TERM PLANS

  1. Further improvements on Amateur Radio manual site to make it international guide to amateur
    radio
  2.  Lihuanian amateur radio society youth committee expansion, participation in amateur radio
    related activities.
  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.

Links

Train the Trainer report – Northern Ireland – October 2018

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ACTIVITIES SINCE YOTA 2018
I participated in providing communications for a large triathlon in Northern Ireland in a town called Derrygonnelly. Over 400 people attended the event to take part, including some young people. As the participants ran, cycled and canoed their way along the course, they were met at each checkpoint by an amateur radio operator, who relayed the race leader and any other information back to the control base station which was then relayed to the event organiser. There were many questions asked about what we were doing, and how we were proving communications using our radios, some young people were at the event and had asked me what exactly I was doing so I explained the basics of amateur radio to them to help spread the word about the hobby to the youth. The British Red cross also participated in the event, which I explained in depth how amateur radio worked and all the different opportunities in the hobby, such as being sent away to South Africa for a summer camp to learn more about the hobby and how to promote it. I also wrote the RSGB daily blog posts as soon as I returned from South Africa, which took a lot of time as I was also trying to sort out my university options at the time, and pressure was on from both sides to meet deadlines. Nevertheless, both worked out well. These blog posts were recently adapted by Peter, to shorten them down to a format where they would be suitable for publication in our UK magazine, RADCOM. I was the lead author in the magazine article as the material was originally in the blog posts, just condensed down a little bit to meet page requirements. The magazine has been published and will be on the way to the doorsteps of RSGB members in both the UK and abroad. I also singlehandedly wrote a magazine article for IRTS, Irish Radio Transmitters Society, in which I outlined and told my adventure of travelling to South Africa, as well as spreading the word about all the activities we completed while we were over there. This article proved very successful and got a good response from the amateur radio operators in the Republic of Ireland.

PLANS IN NEXT TWO MONTHS
In my radio calendar, I have an upcoming presentation which I will be delivering to one of the bigger clubs in Northern Ireland, Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club (LEARC) on my experience as part of the YOTA 2018 team for the UK, mainly representing Northern Ireland. This talk will be delivered shortly (9th November 2018) and I am preparing a PowerPoint Presentation full of pictures and information of our activities, but this is still in the design stages. I have also started my further education and hope to inspire others in my class to join amateur radio and make it more well known in Northern Ireland.

LONG TERM PLANS
As well as my presentation to LEARC, I am also delivering a talk to the biggest radio club in Northern Ireland, Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC). This talk will take place in early February and will use the same PowerPoint presentation mentioned earlier, but with any additions I feel necessary and any improvements I feel I can make to my presentation to make it more fun and engaging. This radio club has a larger proportion of younger people in the audience, so it should be an excellent opportunity to inspire some of the younger people to get active in the hobby. I have also provisionally filled out a Registered Assessor Form, and I will consult my club to get a final opinion as to whether I should send the form to the RSGB, so I can then supervise and help with the practical assessments that the club runs occasionally and also teach the exam theory to new candidates who wish to get their radio license. This will hopefully come in useful in my education environment since I will be surrounded with young adults who are interested in electronics/engineering and are ideal candidates for wanting to learn more about the hobby and hopefully completing an exam to gain their license.

DOCUMENTS
As mentioned previously, I am currently working on the PowerPoint presentation for my two talks, so it cannot be added to this document for release just yet.

OFFICIAL SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES
The blog posts I wrote can be found at the following link, by scrolling down to the bottom and selecting which day you wish to read about.
https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/yota/yota-2018/
You can keep up to date with my local club, LEARC, by using the following link. I have now been enrolled as a committee member in the club, and I am the youngest to take up this role in the club’s history. I am excited to share my ideas with the club, and hopefully let it grow and expand, picking up new younger members along the way.
I also manage this website, so check back regularly for updates. At the moment the main notice is my talk which will take place at the next monthly meeting.
https://learc.eu/

Nathan Prentice
MI0NPR
2018 UK YOTA Team Member

Train the Trainer report – Czech Republic – October 2018

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Youngsters HAM radio activities since YOTA 2018 and the plan for upcomming months

ELECTRO CAMP 2018

In August 2018 we held Summer Electro Camp.  It´s camp for kids from 10 to 16 years. This year there were 45 members with interest in electrical engineering.  They did kit soldering, some theory of electric and also some outdoor games. So the week holds the summer vibes and fun spirit. The youngsters could learn about amateur radio. During the camp, they activated a club station OK2KET – locator JN78XW. They pulled the HF dipoles at 80, 40 and 20 m. Transceived on Icom 756 pro III. Kids participated in QRP race and SSB league (Czech-Slovak radio amateur contest in the 3,7 MHz band).

Few weeks later, I met one participat, you can imagine how happy I was when he talked with me, about how he can get licenced.

More info and pictures at www.elektrotabor.cz

HOLICE

Our Czech Yota Team had a presentation about Yota South Africa in Holice at the end of August. Holice are the biggest meeting of HAM/CB/electro enthusiast in the Czech Republic. As a promo of this event, we were directly approaching youngsters which we met at the meeting to join our presentation. Therefore there were some brand new youngsters, which we have never heard before. Overall there were 16 people at the presentation. We showed them photos from South Africa and told the overall story. In the end, we invited them for Yota 2019. Which naturally sparked interest in the youngsters and concerns in their parents, mainly about the cost of the event. We had the opportunity to discuss the financial issue directly and explain to them that most probably it will be held in Europe so the travelling costs are minimal and the entrance fee for the event is just a few Euros.

HAMSTERS CZ

To keep a fresh connection with youngsters we approached during Holice, we had created FB group Hamsters CZ (HAM + Youngsters = Hamsters 😀 ). They can share their success in contests, they can ask about everything or find some new friends in HAM world.

YOTA DECEMBER

During Yota December, we will organize weekend gathering where we will take part in the Yota activity. It will be two days and nights from 14.12. to 16.12.2018. We will hold it in Scouts clubhouse in Rychnov nad Kneznou which is approximately in the middle of the Czech Republic, so youngsters from different parts can easily come. As we want to build the community not only bring the youngsters to the radio, we will make various activities where youngsters can get to know each other. The plan is to make a campfire, trip to nature, play some board games… so we hope it’s not gonna be only radio weekend, but more like a weekend with friends, where we simply enjoy our free time. This event is also communicated on the HAMSTERS CZ so all the group members can meet each other in person. There are also two radio enthusiasts without the licence, who want to take a participation, so we hope to incorporate them into our group as fast as possible.

For the Czech team,

Martina OK2YLQ, Jan OK1JD, Jindra OK1NOR.

 

Train the Trainer report – Ethiopia – October 2018

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Train-The-Trainer  Report | October 2018 | EARS, ET3AA

Introduction

Train the Trainer

The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS), a member of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region1, promote and help engineering students and radio enthusiasts to learn, experiment and develop their radio communication skills through its only club station ET3AA which is located in Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology. Most of EARS members are engineering students who have great interest in radio communication and some of them have already been granted individual Amateur Radio License (both from the American Radio Relay League, ARRL and the Radio Society of Great Britain, RSGB) and region one HAREC certificate. As a member, students participate in many experiments related to radio such as modes of communication, propagation, antenna design, kit building and so forth.

This brief report is focused mainly on what has been doing since the last YOTA 2018 event. Since most of the participants are from the University and they are in their vacation time, not much has been covered in terms of the number of participants. But the activities are going to continue together with the coming short term and long term plans. Thus, a brief summary goes as follow.

Activities Done Since YOTA 2018

Experience sharing: Immediately after we returned home from the YOTA 2018, we have organized a small workshop at ET3AA club which is located in Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology. This workshop is primarily focused on experience sharing from the YOTA 2018 participants to the members of Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society.

Kit building: As we have brought the RTL-SDR, QSX and WSPR kit we have built these kits with the youngsters which have not been participated on the YOTA 2018, and we have also been able to assemble the Yagi antenna and test the WSPR kit but we are on the half way on the QSX one, hopefully we will finish it within the coming weeks.

Preparing for CQ World Wide DX contest 2018: Since the CQ DX contest is the largest amateur radio competition in the world we are preparing to make more QSO’s and bring new youngsters to the competition. We have also a plan to bit our own record which is a total score of 814,674 points with a rank of 15th from the world and 3rd from Africa in 2016.

Training new members: We have organized a training session for the newly recruited and existing members starting from what amateur radio is to the operation rules and procedures both theoretically and practically.

Plans for the next two months

Recruiting new members: As the Ethiopian Amateur Radio only club station ET3AA is located in the technology institute of Addis Ababa University, within the next two months we have a plan to recruit engineering students which are radio enthusiasts to learn, experiment and develop their radio communication skill.

Train-The-Trainer Summary Report | October 2018 | EARS, ET3AA

Participating on December YOTA month and CQ World Wide DX contest: In this year CQ World Wide DX contest we planned to bring new youngsters and also invite staffs of the university from the communication engineering department and create awareness about amateur radio contests.

Organizing Workshops: we have also planned to organize a workshop that emphasize on creating awareness about amateur radio and motivate youngsters to join the society and participate on different amateur radio activities.

What are your long-term plans? In the next 6-12 months

Establishing new clubs: One of our long-term plans for this year is that to establish new amateur radio clubs in high schools as much as possible to increase the youth participation in amateur radio in our country and also encourage students to engage in different amateur related activities and projects at their early ages.

Organizing Training sessions: We have planned to equip new members with the necessary knowledge and skill through adequate regular training about amateur radio and operating rules and procedures.

Unfortunately, as in our country it is not allowed to have an individual call sign due to regulatory issues, and no one have not been licensed so far.

Thanks for reading!
The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA)
October 2018

Train the Trainer report – Finland – October 2018

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We mentioned that Train the trainer workshop was a new thing at this year’s YOTA. Here in Finland the national youth board of SRAL, Nuorisotiimi, has been having an ongoing work for long time to understand and solve the issues with activating and engaging young people to amateur radio. Substantial things achieved so far are organizing the national amateur radio youth camp Polar in September and taking part in the international December YOTA Month DYM event at a weekend overnight event.

Nordics On The Air (NOTA), an event first envisioned years ago, became reality in spring 2017 when the first NOTA was held in Sweden. NOTA brought people from the Nordics together at YOTA too. An actual plan was devised when representatives from the Finnish and Swedish youth boards sat down to share ideas and plan mutual youth activities. Additionally an objective was set to try to get young people from other Nordic countries involved in NOTA. It was agreed on that a mutual gathering of Nordic youth boards or representatives will be held in Finland in the upcoming autumn with the focus of the meeting on establishing connections and making further plans.

We want to place an emphasis also on international activity as it has been identified as a thing that inspires young people. By planning things in contact with other countries, we want to learn and coordinate youth activities together. Anyway, as far as we know, only Finnish and Swedish national amateur radio leagues have functional youth boards. But we would like it to change and are working on it. While the change happens we want to welcome all Nordic youngsters to our youth activities!

Train the Trainer report – Germany – October 2018

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Report on youngster situation in DL
Current situation in the DARC:
Young members (aged 10 to 26): 1214 members, thereof 489 licensed Youngsters (aged 14 to 26): 1020 members, thereof 481 licensed Thereof we have in total 110 new young members entered this year.

First steps:
Focus on the huge amount of youngsters we already have. Analyzation of the current situation in a more detailed view: Who are they? Why did they enter the DARC? What motivated them/what fascinated them? How experienced with ham radio are they already? What to they expect? How lonely do they feel?
We asked for member statistics of our national amateur radio association (DARC).
Some sub regional clubs do a good job at recruiting youngsters.

Further steps:
Gathering of young active members to get to know one and another and create a network of young organizers for young people mainly using social media and gatherings.

Final steps:
Finding new youngsters and integrate them to the existing youth. How can you find new youngsters? What kind of advertisement works well? We will use the analysis of the statistics of your member data as well as the experience shared from the train-the trainer sessions held at the YOTA South Africa event.

Aim: Giving a young face to the german ham radio youth and show that indeed “Yes, there is youth in ham radio!”

Obstacles: How can you reach (the existing) youngsters successfully? Arising expenses?

Ideas:
Youth camp, youth network (-> youth group on social media), contact person for all youngster, promote YOTA/international youth activities, advertise ham radio as youth (newspaper, fairs/street festivals, internet/social media, TV/radio)

How?

  •   staying in touch with PR teams and involve more youngsters -> shows that ham radiois young (and not just a grandpa hobby)
    → we already contacted with a DARC PR team to assist them in matters of youth recruitment
  •   Organizing a first DL youth camp: either a DL intern one to get to know German youngsters better or apply for a sub regional camp to use the effect of international character
    → we already established connections with members of DARC department for education/youth and training
  •   Creating a really committed (!) DL youth organization group (on social media)
    → we plan to do it after a camp and being based on people who know each other face to face. (Already existing social media groups of random people trying to initiate new recruitment failed due to poor characteristics of random social media contacts)

 

Editors: Claudia DC2CL and Simon DL3SPS

Train the Trainer report – Norway – October 2018

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As previously mentioned, I did not know about this programme until today, so my report will be short.

I have unfortunately not done any youth activities in quite a while. Partly because I’m quite unexperienced myself and partly because of living far away from other amateurs. I hope to get tips from other youth coordinators on how to get people interested anyways.

We will have a common Nordics meeting in Finland in the beginning of November, which I hope will be very useful for exchanging information and getting contacts.

I hope I can get more Norwegian youth to join me for Nordics on the Air 2019. Before NOTA 2018 I tried using Facebook, but got no response. I’d be interested in knowing how others contact their youth and get people to respond.

I do not know how many youngsters that have been licensed since YOTA 2018, unfortunately.

73

LB4IH Trond

Train the Trainer report – Slovakia – October 2018

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My activities are split into two clubs – OM3KFF, OM3KII.

OM3KFF

https://www.facebook.com/radioklub.omega/

http://www.om3kff.sk/

University radioclub in Bratislava. We have good QTH (for HF) at student dormitory. Last 2-3 years were affected by reconstruction of dorm buildings so we had to release old rooms and built new club almost from scratch. Also lot of work on the antennas regarding to that.

We attended to youth science exhibition on September like last years. We showed HAM hobby to kids and wide public. As you see on photos, we built up HF antenna and bring radio with loud speaker so we can handle with noisy environment (and it really was). One operator was operating the radio (SSB, CW), another one was explaining. Also HF propagation, we had white board, markers, some printed materials, student’s book for exam…

Another show was handy, we repeat contact any time we needed, we had arranged buddy for that. Daring kids can do contact by their own. Analog and also DMR.

We was also handing out QSL cards, kids were instructed roll the dice (big one from IKEA)  that showed how many. Sounds silly but works. We got recommendation for this technique from PR guy.

Also satellite yagi took attention, we could explain basics of antennas, show that HAM do not has to be expensive hobby. We listened air traffic control on that. Tried listen to satellites but only some NOAA chirping or noise from carrier / telemetry.

Kids keep attention just for few seconds so it is very hectic. Finally, it is more public presentation than recruitment but hopefully some of the kids will pop up later. Three presenters are minimum staff even for this small stand, we were four most of the time. We think about double stand for the next year.

Whole event were professionally organized, supported by some funds. Exhibitors were volunteers, mostly secondary schools, universities, science club and some companies.  We did not pay for stand, neither got paid. Organizers did PR, mostly online but mainly they convinced many schools to come with kids also outside of Bratislava.We alse had own roll-up poster at the stand.

Beginners course OM3KFF

We have some new newbies who interested so plan is do some PR (online) and open a ham course this October. This new members usually take exam in spring. We had about 8 participants two years ago who made Novice license. 4-5 of them are really active and they are waiting for Extra exams this autumn.

We do PR mostly FB page, shares thru friends, university group, hamradio and CB groups. We also willing to pay Facebook ad. And ‘old fashioned  hamradio webs, CB forum. Again we don’t expect dozens of participants but if you get 4-8 people for course, half of them will stay in this hobby, it’s 2-3 guys every year, 20 per decade. Let’s be realistic, how many members do you gain in your club?

What I see as crucial, very few radioclubs do this. I listened lot of excuses but people are simply lazy or/and selfish. Some (contest) clubs are closed – our effort money, we operate. That selfish approach leads to lack of operators after 10 years of building QTH. In one moment, they all are 60+, some have passed away, lack of tower climber, operators… OK, enough complaining

Minimum age for license is 14 years. Exams are oral and usually everybody do it. The bigger bogy is engineering part but examiners  are usually  helpful and tolerant especially for youngsters.  On course we teach them all – law regulations, operational practices, engineering and later also morse code.

OM3KII, summer youth camps

http://www.om3kii.sk/

VHF / UHF / microwave contest station. QTH at Velka Javorina, 970m ALS. Most of members live in Bratislava and they have children in teen age.

Last several years, OM3KII organized Ham youth camp on behalf of association (SARA). Unfortunately, reply for public call was very lax this year so we decided organize only smaller club camp.

Generally fathers-kids holiday with trips, swimming pool, barbecue, some portable operation (SOTA, Fauna-Flora) and VHF activity contest.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZPNs7DSko7JB1Fxh7/

This is point. Our summer was always focused as study with exams at the end and morse code practice. We also do some hiking trips, portable operation, solder some kits, very easy foxhunting,… No rocket science, like everywhere.

Last few years, camp was ‘saved’ by teens of OM3KII (5 kids of hams in the same age). I thing, it’s necessary to move it towards more standard summer camp, rid of exams, less study, easy with CW, more fun activities and sport. Also spread more PR, not only in ham community. I suppose this at SARA board, one older member hated me for that but I thing I can convince the rest of board members.

73

Ondrej OM4DW

Train the Trainer report – Great Britain – October 2018

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Attendees

RSGB – YOTA Follow Up

Peter Barnes MØSWN – Team Leader Nathan Prentice MIØNPR
Ben Chalmers MØNBA
Mike Jones 2E0MLJ (Now M5PMJ)

Feedback at YOTA 2018

Youth Committee

  • ●  Regional representatives who are active on the ground
  • ●  “dxpedition” to wales
  • ●  December YOTA Month
  • ●  YOTA 2017
  • ●  Social Media Presence

    Future Plans

  • ●  University radio club group – for helping to support university clubs and set up new ones
  • ●  YOTA style events aimed at non-amateurs
  • ●  Buildathons
  • ●  Older radio amateurs bringing in younger non-amateurs
  • ●  Hackathons
  • ●  Moving away from ‘stereotypical’ amateur radio to focus more on building wireless

    technology

    Comments from Peter Barnes, Team Leader

    Despite the short amount of time that has passed since our team was in South Africa for YOTA 2018, I feel that the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has made an appreciable amount of progress. The Youth Committee is now supporting the birth of two new university clubs: one in Cardiff University and a second at Bath University. Myself, Ben and Nathan, who are new to the Youth Committee, have been welcomed into our roles; with Ben organising the UK’s YOTA Month stations, and myself working with new University clubs. I think this shows great promise for the year to come, and the future of Amateur Radio in the UK.

Peter Barnes – MØSWN

What youth activities did you do since YOTA 2018?

I’ve continued my work at Swansea University, where I set up a new radio club last year. This year we attended the Fresher’s Fayre, where we had over 20 young people sign up to become a member of the club. We have since run a welcome nigth, a satellite tracking evening, and a workshop on building a local area network using point-to-point WiFi links.

What are your plans for the next 2 months?

I will be continuing to run club night and events in Swansea, including a YOTA month station. I am also helping individuals from Bath and Cardiff universities to establish new Amateur Radio clubs there. I have also set up a community for UK university Amateur Radio clubs to communicate with each other, and provide communal support

What are your long term plans? In the next 6-12 months

I hope to plan some more events for the Swansea club, and perhaps a collaboration with other UK universities

If you have made any posters, powerpoints et. please send them too
Also include some pictures of the activities you have done
I don’t have very much material to share at the moment, as it hasn’t been long since the start of term. I have attached what I have alongside this document

If any new youngsters were licensed since YOTA 2018, how many?

None yet, but I have 6 signed up for a Foundation Licence Course, and 4 for an Intermediate Course.

Links to your official social media pages

Swansea Radio Society ● Website

● Twitter
● Facebook ● Discord

Personal
● Website

● Twitter
● Facebook

Nathan Prentice – MIØNPR

What youth activities did you do since YOTA 2018?

I participated in providing communications for a large triathlon in Northern Ireland in a town called Derrygonnelly. Over 400 people attended the event to take part, including some young people. As the participants ran, cycled and canoed their way along the course, they were met at each checkpoint by an amateur radio operator, who relayed the race leader and any other information back to the control base station which was then relayed to the event organiser. There were many questions asked about what we were doing, and how we were proving communications using our radios, some young people were at the event and had asked me what exactly I was doing so I explained the basics of amateur radio to them to help spread the word about the hobby to the youth. The British Red cross also participated in the event, which I explained in depth how amateur radio worked and all the different opportunities in the hobby, such as being sent away to South Africa for a summer camp to learn more about the hobby and how to promote it. I also wrote the RSGB daily blog posts as soon as I returned from South Africa, which took a lot of time as I was also trying to sort out my university options at the time, and pressure was on from both sides to meet deadlines. Nevertheless, both worked out well. These blog posts were recently adapted by Peter, to shorten them down to a format where they would be suitable for publication in our UK magazine, RADCOM. I was the lead author in the magazine article as the material was originally in the blog posts, just condensed down a little bit to meet page requirements. The magazine has been published and will be on the way to the doorsteps of RSGB members in both the UK and abroad. I also singlehandedly wrote a magazine article for IRTS, Irish Radio Transmitters Society, in which I outlined and told my adventure of travelling to South Africa, as well as spreading the word about all the activities we completed while we were over there. This article proved very successful and got a good response from the amateur radio operators in the Republic of Ireland.

What are your plans for the next 2 months?

In my radio calendar, I have an upcoming presentation which I will be delivering to one of the bigger clubs in Northern Ireland, Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club (LEARC) on my experience as part of the YOTA 2018 team for the UK, mainly representing Northern Ireland. This talk will be delivered shortly (9th November 2018) and I am preparing a PowerPoint Presentation full of pictures and information of our activities, but this is still in the design stages. I have also started my further education and hope to inspire others in my class to join amateur radio and make it more well known in Northern Ireland.

What are your long term plans? In the next 6-12 months

As well as my presentation to LEARC, I am also delivering a talk to the biggest radio club in Northern Ireland, Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC). This talk will take place in early February and will use the same PowerPoint presentation mentioned earlier, but with any additions I feel necessary and any improvements I feel I can make to my presentation to make it more fun and engaging. This radio club has a larger proportion of younger people in the audience, so it should be an excellent opportunity to inspire some of the younger people to get

active in the hobby. I have also provisionally filled out a Registered Assessor Form, and I will consult my club to get a final opinion as to whether I should send the form to the RSGB, so I can then supervise and help with the practical assessments that the club runs occasionally and also teach the exam theory to new candidates who wish to get their radio license. This will hopefully come in useful in my education environment since I will be surrounded with young adults who are interested in electronics/engineering and are ideal candidates for wanting to learn more about the hobby and hopefully completing an exam to gain their license.

If you have made any posters, powerpoints et. please send them too
Also include some pictures of the activities you have done
As mentioned previously, I am currently working on the PowerPoint presentation for my two talks, so it cannot be added to this document for release just yet.

Links to your official social media pages

The blog posts I wrote can be found at the following link, by scrolling down to the bottom and selecting which day you wish to read about.

YOTA 2018

You can keep up to date with my local club, LEARC, by using the following link. I have now been enrolled as a committee member in the club, and I am the youngest to take up this role in the club’s history. I am excited to share my ideas with the club, and hopefully let it grow and expand, picking up new younger members along the way.

I also manage this website, so check back regularly for updates. At the moment the main notice is my talk which will take place at the next monthly meeting.
https://learc.eu/

Ben Chalmers MØNBA

What youth activities did you do since YOTA 2018?

Since YOTA I have been charged with orchestrating the YOTA month GB18YOTA call sign.

What are your plans for the next 2 months?

Attempt to host YOTA month and set up a LoRa base station in my university.

What are your long term plans? In the next 6-12 months

Establishing a wireless society at the university of Leeds

If you have made any posters, powerpoints et. please send them too
Also include some pictures of the activities you have done
I don’t have very much material to share at the moment, as it hasn’t been long since the start of term. I have attached what I have alongside this document

If any new youngsters were licensed since YOTA 2018, how many?

None yet, although I have gained a degree of interest from some engineers at university.

Links to your official social media pages

M0NBA on Freenode

Mike Jones 2E0MLJ (Now M5PMJ)

Mike has resigned his role as chairman of the youth committee due to external commitments, but remains active as a youth committee member.

Nathan Prentice MIØNPR

Follow-up document sent separately