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A few weeks to go - YOTA ZS!

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With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7 day programme filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots of fun!

The event will be held in the beautiful central region of Gauteng at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre easily accessible from the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

All teams and participants will be met at the airport with a traditional South African welcome and be transported to the venue.
Being in the Southern hemisphere and August in Gauteng, it will expectantly be a mild winter with sun-filled days with day time temperatures in the low 20 degrees C and will be a “pseudo-Summer” camp for the overseas visitors.

The week will offer many opportunities to learn more about amateur radio and getting to know fellow amateurs from various other countries.
Highlights planned for the week include learning about SDR technology with your own SDR dongle, build a mini CubeSat and experience launching it as well as tracking it into near space on a high altitude balloon. Learn about Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) which is in essence amateur radio on the move and build a QRP HF transceiver kit.

A visit to a game reserve to view the Big Five including some cultural experiences like a traditional braaivleis in an open-air boma and operate the ZS9YOTA special events station.

The theme of “Train the Trainer” will be explored, to enable participants to return to their home countries, equipped and inspired to organize and promote radio amateur activities to other youth groups or ultimately starting a youth group.
Should you have any specific questions about travel arrangements, documentation or any other specific information, please do not hesitate to ask, we are happy to assist: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Events Team will keep participants informed in the next newsletter to be released soon. In the meantime bring your laptop, and if a licensed radio amateur your hand held radio and a copy of your amateur radio license.

We are looking forward to welcoming all teams in August this year!

YOTA Subregional camp Italy 2018

YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st  to 24th  in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters in IARU Region 1 and mainly those in Mediterranean countries.YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st  to 24th  in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters in IARU Region 1 and mainly those in Mediterranean countries.A detailed program will be published close to the event and it will include several radio activities, a day to share radio knowledge with Scouts, ARDF and a visit to the Montecassino Abbey. An amateur radio station will be on air from the camp operated by all the youngsters with a special callsign for the event.


Are you interested? Find here more information and a detailed description. Use this link to apply for the event.

Nordics On The Air – first subregional YOTA camp

notaYOTA, as you know, is expanding its horizons more and more from this year onwards and we are glad to announce our first YOTA IARU R1 sub-project! It’s called Nordics On The Air (or NOTA for short) and will be hosted by SSA. NOTA is essentially going to be a camp for young radio amateurs which will take place at Hemsö fortress in the middle of Sweden near Sundsvall/Härnösand. It will take place from March 1st to March 4th 2018. The camp is directed towards all the Nordic countries. The camp will be held on an island which is connected to the mainland by ferry. The campsite is inside an old large military base in a mountain. The shack and cafeteria are inside the mountain as well. There will be many outdoor activities during the camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks will be catered and the food will correspond to normal Scandinavian food traditions. As of now, all the gear is set! Special thanks to everyone who helped making this event possible as well as a big thank you to all our sponsors!

At the camp there will be 3 working HF stations covering 20, 40 & 80 meters plus VHF using the call SK8YOTA. Here are some of the activities included in the program:

Tournament “Battle of Hemsön”
Lectures & Theory
Mountain BBQ
QSO contest
Off air contest
Along with other team building activities
Kit building

We hope to see you there and have a lot of fun at the Nordics On The Air camp!

Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2018

In 2018 the Youth Contesting program of IARU R1 will be continued. Young members are invited to take part in a contest from one of the following stations:

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• ES5TV: ARI International DX contest (5-6 May 2018)
• 9A1A: CQ M International DX contest (12-13 May 2018) 
• EC2DX: His Maj. King of Spain contest (23-24 June 2018) 
• 4O3A: CQWW RTTY contest (29-30 September 2018)

• A44A Oman (CQWW 160m contest SSB February 2018)
(applications closed)

Are you interested? Here you will find more information and also the application link.

ROARS invites 2 youngsters to join A44A in CQWW 160m

We are happy to announce that ROARS (Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society) is inviting 2 youngsters to join the A44A contest team. These 2 young radio amateurs will have the opportunity to join the CQ World Wide 160-Meter contest in SSB or CW in the beginning of 2018. The contest will take place at the ROARS stations (A47RS).
We are delighted to inform that ROARS will cover flight cost and accommodation for both youngsters.

Apply here as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. A participant must be under the age of 26 years.

Soon we will announce more news about the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of 2018.

December YOTA Month 2017 registration started!

yotamonthWinter is coming to the northern hemisphere, summer is starting in the southern part. Which means it’s time again for December YOTA month! We encourage you all to take part using a callsign with YOTA in suffix. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves.
Do you want to participate? Register here before December starts.

ARISS contact with YOTA UK

We are happy to say that NA1SS is in the log of GB4YOTA. Watch the contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, a longer version is available here.

 

YOTA is this week in the UK, listen out for GB17YOTA

YOTA 2017 opening meeting

80 Youngsters from 26 countries will be enjoying an exciting week in the UK. A week full of ham radio and making new international friends. 

They are taking part in an interesting program, here a few highlights:
- Tuesday an ARISS contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli
- Intercultural evening where everyone brings food from their home country
- Kit building
- SOTA activity
- Visit to London, Bletchley Park and Ofcom
- Operating the station GB17YOTA, in all kind of digital modes, CW and Phone
- ARDF
- All youngsters will taking part in the UK foundation license exam

These daily diaries are giving a brief summary of the activities they have joined. Take a look.
Follow the youngsters on the RSGB and YOTA social media pages.