Following the YOTA camp in South Africa, the Austrian team was very enthusiastic and highly motivated to get more youngsters involved in ham radio. After we discussed the best approaches to the problems we faced and all the things we had learned during the TTT sessions in South Africa, we started discussing our plans with the OEVSV Youth Coordinator, OE3FTA, the President, OE3MZC, and other members of our society. The support we received was very large and the leadership of the society is equally as convinced as we are that it is necessary to increase the number of young members.
At the YOTA TTT sessions we laid out a very simple plan which consists of three stages:
- Build up a network of existing youngsters
- With this group “re-activate” youngsters which were licensed but then lost interest
- With this larger group of youngsters work to get completely new members