December YOTA month 2019 in Finland
Since 2013 Finland has taken part in December YOTA month, and this year wasn’t an exception. The first DYM activity in Finland for 2019 was already on the first day of the month; on the 1st of December, when the radio club of the scout district of Southwest Finland, OH1AS started the activity as a part of their activity weekend in Liesan maja, Lieto. About a dozen of young radio scouts were on air. What a great start to DYM!
The next weekend, from 5th to 8th of December, was the turn for the activity weekend “workkimisviikonloppu” organized by SRAL’s youth team. This was the 3rd time the weekend was held at the OH5Z contest station. The participant amount for the weekend was 12, a little less than the year before. The weekend included making QSOs, a presentation about remote stations and a lot more!
At the best, ham hobby is about sharing aspects of the hobby and socializing around similar-minded people. The youngsters among the hobby are highly connected, and we think it has to be that way. That’s why we always have time for that on our camps as well. This year the weekend was at the same time as the Independence day of Finland, which meant we gathered to celebrate the day together in the evening!
This year on the activity weekend we had a guest, Tomi HA8RT from Hungary. Tomi participated in NOTA 2019 camp in Finland in the spring, and we thought that he would be a good companion and a superb operator due to his astonishing CW skills. With the help of him and the other operators, we made a total of about 3300 QSOs during the weekend!
On the whole of December, youngsters in Finland had the opportunity to use OH2YOTA callsign. Especially OH2FB, and OH3BKL operated the callsign for the rest of the month, well done! The total QSO amount Finland made in December 2019 was 5384, which was around 800 less than in 2018. Way to improve next year!
Nordic youth team meeting – preparing NOTA 2020
On the third weekend of December, four members of the Finnish youth team traveled to Uppsala, Sweden to plan the NOTA 2020, and Nordic youth co-operation. With the company of Youth team from Sweden, and youth coordinators of Norway and Iceland preparations got a rocket start. Hope to see you in Norway in easter 2020! More info can be found at ham-yota.com/nota2020
During the weekend, important documents were made, planning of the program was started, and a proposal for the NOTA graphical guide was introduced. The weekend also included a sauna, nearly frozen lake, Singstar, and great company. Nordic youth co-operation at its best!
Start of 2020 in Finland
A new year for the youth team in Finland starts during the weekend of week 3 when the youth team gathers together to plan the upcoming year. Also, roles will be divided so the activities will be even better organized. As Antti OH6VA left the youth team at the start of 2020 after multiple years of valuable work for the youth in Finland, it’s now time to welcome Mikael OH3UAF to the team.
Mikael was one of the members of Team Finland in YOTA summer camp 2019 in Bulgaria. He is great with video editing and photography and always likes to help with anything he can, which makes him a great addition to our team!
If you want to know about the other upcoming activities in Finland this year, make sure to check the Team Finland’s Train the Trainer report on the 15th of October. Otherwise, see you again on the 15th of March!