Train the Trainer Report – Slovakia – October 2018

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.  Read more

Train the Trainer Report – Slovakia – December 2018

At radioclub OM3KFF, we started course for beginners with on November 2018. We propagated it on Facebook (also paid ad),  CB discussion forum, hamradio webs. Facebook ad cost just few Euros and helped a lot. We got about 12 interested people on first meeting. Some of them had a different thoughts and quit early but 8 participants are still continuing. Few youngsters but mostly young adults (25-40). Course is on week basis and we try to put info and photos on our Facebook.
We are starting with general information, show of QSOs. Than theory – operation, laws, technics. Later practical SSB and digi contacts. We are expecting exams in spring and than hopefully continuing with morse training.  Read more

Train the Trainer Report – Slovakia – February 2018

Ham exams took place in February. Four students of our course gain courage and managed their Novice class. Another three members of OM3KFF upgraded themselves to Extra class. Now, we will have more time for practice and also we are going to start Morse code lessons.

We also use contests for training of beginners, mainly SSB and RTTY. We did part time easy operation in CQWW SSB, Mexico RTTY, CQ WPX RTTY. CQ 160m SSB, ARRL SSB and CQ WPX SSB are following soon.

I gathered participants for summer YOTA camp in Bulgaria who replied public call.  Read more

Train the Trainer Report – Slovakia – July 2018

With warm weather, Radioclub OM3Kii involves youngsters in VHF/MW contesting more often. VHF Activity contest every month is a perfect opportunity to get kids behind mike, even the youngest ones.

In big contests, we are active on bands from 144 MHz up to 10 GHz that means 5 operating positions and lot of “time slots”. Young members get more and more chances to operate on 144 MHz and 432 MHz. It’s the best investment for the club with minimal affect to results as they are supervised and some are already as good as the older OPs. Without new blood we would easily had a lack of operators to cover all bands. Read more