Train the Trainer report – Germany – July 2021

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The July Train the Trainer reports focus on sharing ideas for activities, as well as organizing activities after covid.  Answers in this particular report are by the Youth Coordinator of Team Germany.

 


How do you think COVID will change the way you organize youth activities after it is gone?

Easier preparations of events through established video conferencing tools everybody can deal with nowadays.

 

Are you willing to organize in-person activities again, when COVID is gone? What kind of activities?

Yes, we are willing to hold in-person activities again. These would include e.g. Ham Camp at Ham Radio Friedrichshafen and smaller activities within our local districts or clubs etc.

During COVID, have you come up with any new creative ways to advertise our common hobby or organize activities?

Yes, the DARC held a nation-wide open license course via their self-developed video conference platform (https://treff.darc.de) with huge success and acceptance. A lot of DARC volunteers have been involved into the whole project.

 

What are your plans regarding youth work in your country for the summer?

Youth activities within the local city summer holiday program. This program was established to give youngsters the chance to try out new things amongst different clubs in town.

 


If you need to contact the people answering this report, or have anything to ask about Train the Trainer, please contact trainthetrainer@ham-yota.com

UPDATE: COVID-19 Situation and YOTA Activities

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Despite the COVID-19 situation having improved over the past few months on a global scale, the development and dynamics of the pandemic remain unpredictable. The same unpredictability goes for regulations regarding the pandemic, which in many cases severely limit the ability to hold in-person events with international participants.

To deal with the pandemic situation, an event cancellation policy was introduced earlier this year (https://www.iaru-r1.org/2021/covid-19-situation-and-yota-camps/), which introduced a four month deadline for a go/no-go decision for in-person events. This four month deadline has however turned out to slightly too far into the future for a reliable prediction.

 

Accordingly, the IARU R1 Youth WG, in collaboration with the IARU R1 Executive Committee, has made the following arrangement:

Youth events scheduled within 2021 will remain in the calendar for the time being. We, the IARU R1 Youth WG, will review the forecast evolution of the pandemic sufficiently prior to each event and make an announcement about whether it will take place. Generally this will be three months prior to the scheduled date. Those planning to attend should thus have sufficient time to make the necessary bookings and travel arrangements.

IARU Region 1’s intent is to ensure that any events which take place do so in an environment which respects national requirements for pandemic control and which does not place at risk the health and well-being of those participating.

The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group

YOTA Contest Final Scores + Next Round 18th July 2021

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Press Release
by International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 – Youth Working Group

Erding, Germany – Friday, 09.07.2021

The first YOTA Contest has already taken place in May and was a big success. Over 100 YOTA logs, where operators have to be ≤ 25 years old, and over 700 logs in total were received within the deadline. Our team has worked hard to get the final scores ready before the start of the second session. The final scores and public logs can be now be viewed on the YOTA Contest website.

Congratulations to our winners of each category of this very first round of YOTA Contest!

The upcoming second session will be taking place next week already. The date will be Sunday, 18th July from 1000 – 2159 UTC.

So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest? Everyone in the ham radio community can take part, it takes place three times per year and only lasts 12 hours. Its aim is to increase the youngsters activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program and demonstrate the support for youngsters across the world.

We have implemented 8 different categories which also include special ones for youngsters (≤ 25 years old) only. Covering the 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m bands the competition will take place in CW and SSB modes.

The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the contest.

Contacts between the own continent are worth 1 point, working DX is worth 3 points but the most points will be achieved by working youngsters. The younger the operator the more points one will get for the QSO.

During the past month we have received several rule translations into various languages. A big thank you to the contributors! So, if you are not that fluent in English, check them out here.

If you have any further questions after reading through the rules please go to our FAQ page to see if your question has been answered already. If you still have a question, feel free to drop the YOTA Contest Committee an email at contest@ham-yota.com and we are happy to reply.

On behalf of the YOTA Contest Committee,

73 Philipp, DK6SP

Youth WG Chair
IARU Region 1

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Feel free to use the following documents to share amongst your websites, social media channels etc.

Download the press release here:
Press_Release_YOTA_Contest_20210709

Download the YOTA Contest graphics here:

Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to be On the Air and Streaming Selected Events Online

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Press Release
by YOTA Team USA

The first camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America will operate special event station W8Y throughout the camp from July 11-16, 2021, and will stream the opening and closing ceremonies and International Space Station contact on YouTube.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, June 27, 2021—The long-awaited Youth on the Air Camp in the Americas is almost here!  Campers will be operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, as well as the camp hotel.

Activation of the W8Y callsign will begin the evening of Sunday, July 11 and conclude at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16.  Youth will operate the station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.

In addition, dedicated HF station operating times will be: Monday, July 12 from 0100Z to 0330Z; Tuesday, July 13 from 0000Z to 0330Z and 1800Z to 2130Z.  Dedicated satellite station operating times will be: Thursday, July 15 from 1400Z to 1700Z and Friday, July 16 from 1500Z to 1700Z.

The opening and closing ceremonies and the International Space Station contact (ARISS) will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, July 11 from 2100Z to 2230Z, and will feature keynote speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR.  The closing ceremony is Friday, July 16 from 1700Z to 1800Z. The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.

The ARISS contact is currently scheduled to take place on either Thursday, July 15 at 1416Z or Wednesday, July 14 at 1503Z.

For details about the camp, download the brochure from the web page at YouthOnTheAir.org.

For additional information, please contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at director@youthontheair.org.

First ever YOTA Camp in New Zealand

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Press Release
by YOTA Team New Zealand

On the 27th and 28th of February YOTA-NZ being the Youth On The Air branch of Radio Amateurs New Zealand (RANZ) held its very first youth camp. This coincided with the Jock White Field Day which is the largest radio competition in New Zealand. The event runs from Saturday 1500-2400 NZDT until Sunday 0600-1500 NZDT.

The YOTA event was held at the Kaitoke regional (public) park which is a water catchment reserve for the Wellington Regional Council. The site was chosen because it was relatively high, in the geographical center of NZ and about 40km away from the capital city of Wellington. It is a low noise environment.

The camp site was set on Friday to secure a favourable transmitting position. Friday night was spent talking to European stations and trying out old military army 1940’s radios (ZC1’s) on the SPAM net, trying out several digital modes on 2m and on experimenting with HF QRP NVIS. It was really fantastic watching and helping young radio operators manage a traffic jam for the first time when the bands opened to Europe.

We had 26 YOTA members turn up and help. There was a relatively constant stream of visitors; other local ham radio operators; campers on the site and some members from from Deer Stalkers NZ who turned up to discuss not only what we were doing, but how they can become licensed operators. We had several YOTA members dip their toes into contesting – youth who had never been on the air before. Other stations constantly thanked and congratulated us for running a youth event in NZ. We had more than a healthy amount of really delicious food on hand and the coffee pot was kept full all weekend. We were teaching one young lady not only radio operational procedures but to drive an old army truck around camp. The E-bikes were constantly in use and because the weather was so hot (32C) people were popping over to the river for a quick cool down dip all weekend. Fantastic meals for the event were mostly provided by donation; access to the site was granted from the Wellington Regional Council; use of Branch 11 (ZL2AA) club call sign was provided by the Gisborne Amateur Radio Club Inc. The remainder of the event was sponsored internally from YOTANZ members via the beg, borrow and steal method of sponsorship.

 

The team has produced a little recap video, feel free to watch here:

Virtual International Youth Meeting during Ham Radio World 2021 | Saturday, 26th June from 0900 UTC

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We are happy to share with you the agenda for the upcoming International Youth Meeting during Ham Radio World 2021 today.

Our meeting will start on Saturday, 26th June 2021, from 0900 UTC in room Liechtenstein.

 

How to visit the Ham Radworld?
Please feel free to watch the English introduction video here.

There it is explained how to access room Liechtenstein and other useful features.

You can visit the fair from Friday, 25th June, 1300 UTC at https://ham.darc.de.

 

International Youth Meeting 2021 | AGENDA:

 

  1. Welcome by Philipp – DK6SP
  2. “Update on youth activities since recent International Youth Meeting in 2019” by Claudia – DC2CL & Philipp – DK6SP
  3. “Upcoming events” by Philipp, DK6SP
  4. “Current Train The Trainer Situation” by Otava – OH3OT
  5. “General Update: Information on the very first YOTA Summer Camp 2021 and work to instantiate YOTA all over IARU Region 2” by Sterling – N0SSC
  6. “How I became a Ham Radio Operator” by Nat – E25ETT
  7. “Messengers and Meetings: Communication for the Youth during the Pandemic” by Joshua – DC7IA (DARC – German Amateur Radio Society, Youth Department)
  8. Open Discussion between Meeting Attendees

 

The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group will be present during the fair at our own booth in virtual Hall A1.

We are looking forward to talking with you and would be happy if you stop by our stand.

 

Hope to see you all during this weekend.

HAM RADIO World | 25 – 27 June 2021

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Press Release by Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC)
Wednesday, 23.06.2021

Briefly explained: Your access to the HAM RADIO World

On Friday, starting at 3 p.m., HAM RADIO World will open its virtual doors and welcome our members and radio friends with an experience fair of a very special kind. Via the DARC portal, you can easily enter the Friedrichshafen exhibition world by clicking on the banner in the upper right corner. Three days full lecture program and a 2-D fair world promise already now a varied and interesting weekend.

A direct entrance succeeds also over https://ham.darc.de .

The voluntary team of HAM World around project manager Oliver Schlag, DL7TNY, has created an explanatory video in German and English:

ATTENTION: The lecture program is updated and supplemented daily. The current version can be found at https://www.darc.de/nachrichten/veranstaltungen/#c9487

The board of the DARC e.V., the speakers, clubs and associations as well as the staff of the office will be there for you during the weekend and are looking forward to seeing you again – at a distance!

The entrance to the HAM World is free of charge!

 

Feel free to visit the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group in Hall A1 during the upcoming weekend.

Further, Team YOTA has prepared the yearly International Youth Meeting being held on the fair Saturday, 26th June, from 0900 UTC in room Liechtenstein (HB0). The access to this room is decscribed in the introduction video provided by DARC.

Here’s to a successful trade show weekend and see you there!

UPCOMING: YOTA Contest – 18th July 2021

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Press Release
by International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 – Youth Working Group

Erding, Germany – Tuesday, 15.06.2021

The first YOTA Contest has already taken place and was a big success. Over 700 logs were received within the deadline and are currently worked on to provide the final results as soon as possible. Meanwhile, claimed results can be looked at on the YOTA Contest website. Further, we are very happy to have received over 100 YOTA logs, where operators have to be ≤ 25 years old.

The next second session will be taking place in about 1 month already. Due to unforeseen date collissions we had to shift the upcoming session from the previously announced Saturday (17th July) to Sunday, 18th July. The announced times will remain the same from 1000 – 2159 UTC. We are sorry for any inconveniences.

So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest? Everyone in the ham radio community can take part, it takes place three times per year and only lasts 12 hours. Its aim is to increase the youngsters activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program and demonstrate the support for youngsters across the world.

We have implemented 8 different categories which also include special ones for youngsters (≤ 25 years old) only. Covering the 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m bands the competition will take place in CW and SSB modes.
The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the contest.
Contacts between the own continent are worth 1 point, working DX is worth 3 points but the most points will be achieved by working youngsters. The younger the operator the more points one will get for the QSO.

During the past month we have received several rule translations into various languages. A big thank you to the contributors! So, if you are not that fluent in english, check them out here.

If you have any further questions after reading through the rules please go to our FAQ page to see if your question has been answered already. If you still have a question, feel free to drop the YOTA Contest Committee an email at contest@ham-yota.com and we are happy to reply.

 

On behalf of the YOTA Contest Committee,

73 Philipp, DK6SP

Youth WG Chair
IARU Region 1

Download Area

Feel free to use the following documents to share amongst your websites, social media channels etc.

Download the press release here:
Press_Release_YOTA_Contest_20210615

Download the YOTA Contest graphics here:

PREVIEW: HAM RADIO World 2021 – Friedrichshafen Virtual Fair

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By Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) e.V.:
The members of the DARC e.V. and all our interested radio friends have already the possibility to get an exclusive insight into this year’s virtual fair experience from now. With a click on the link https://pre.ham.darc.de/ you dare the virtual jump to Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance and can already get a first insight with your avatar, what awaits you at HAM RADIO WORLD on the last weekend in June. Of course, not everything is set up there yet.
You will need a current Internet browser, a PC or laptop as well as a webcam and microphone to look around the foyer and perhaps already meet other interested radio amateurs. To talk to other visitors, you just have to stand in front of each other with your avatars.
Try it out, test your equipment and move with the arrow keys on the keyboard in the HAM RADIO WORLD.
In this virtual world, which is modeled on the original, you can walk around, meet friends, do business, participate in a diverse lecture program, camp and even drink a virtual beer during the trade show weekend. Though, the GUI is currently only available in German, it will be in English for the upcoming fair.
The visit is free of charge – let’s go.
We look forward to welcoming you in person at HAM RADIO World from June 25-27, 2021.

YOTA Contest 1st Round – Log Deadline soon

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Our YOTA community is amazing!
The YOTA Contest team received over 500 logs within the first 24h after the end of the contest.

Have you uploaded your log already?
If not, please go to https://ham-yota.com/contest and click the “Log Upload” button – log deadline is upcoming Saturday.

We do appreciate any QSO amount and even Checklogs as it makes the contest evaluation way easier.


73 YOTA Contest Committee