Train the Trainer report – Iceland – January 2021

Beginning from 2021 there are some changes to Train the Trainer reports. The biggest of them being that the participating countries are from now on asked direct questions in order to make answering the report easier. The answers in this particular report are from member(s) of YOTA team Iceland

Main Questions:

How was the last summer in your country when it comes to youth work within ham radio? Did you come up with any new exciting ideas? 

April: NOTA on the air, got TF3YOTA to be active 13th of April with TF3VD and family as operator. Contacted them as PA/TF2EQ.
June: CQ Kids Day activation, Youth on the Air(Region 2) online participation&activity on air, YOTA promotion within IRA
Last summer wasn’t very active but some youngsters participated in regularly scheduled IRA summer activities.

How have your activities changed in the past six months? Have you been able to hold e.g. online events or activities within a smaller group of people?

No. Earlier this year I (EF2EQ) had planned to go to at least 3-4 YOTA activities but due to the situation everything has been at a standstill. I tried to have some activation in the summer and then a little bit during December YOTA month. So yes, less than I would have liked.

What kind of activities and operating possibilities did you have during the recent December YOTA Month? How did your activities differ from last year, and how did people respond to them?

The IRA clubhouse was closed but I was allowed to operate in December alone, I was active on Dec 1st and 29th a total of 149QSO’s all through the Oscar-100 satellite. It was well received, I was very busy on the air and the activity was also streamed through the Icelandic Radio Amateurs facebook group page.

Other Questions:

What kind of problems are you facing with youth work in your member society?

I have the full support of the IRA and the IRA members. Main problem I have is time, I am not in Iceland but when I am I try to prioritize HAM radio and being active within the community. We are very few and I haven’t had the time to promote youth work as much as I’d have liked within, for example, our universities.

Anything else that comes to your mind or you want to share?

Iceland is a very small community but even here there is youth in Ham Radio.


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