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IARU R1 Youth activities – HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

We are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 15-7-2017
Time: 10.00
Place: Room Liechtenstein
Program:
- Welcome and short introduction of attendees
- Lecture of the youth contesting program at 9A1A, by HA8RT DK6SP OE3FTA
- Open mic, Share experience on youth activities. This is the moment to share your experiences on youth activities and to ask questions to other attendees.
As tradition we will end the meeting with a group picture

Youngsters On the Air
Members of the UK YOTA team will be in HAM Radio Friedrichshafen to receive the YOTA flag.
Everyone is invited to join on Saturday 15-7-2017, 15:30 hr, the flag ceremony.
The official YOTA flag will be handed over from the YOTA Austria 2016 team to the organizers of YOTA 2017.
We hope to see you at the RSGB stand!

Youth Contest Program – Young operators visit 9A1A in Croatia

YCP 9A1A 2017

For a while now the YCP (Youth Contest Program) event has been organized by the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) group, funded by IARU R1. It offers young hams under the age of 26 the opportunity to operate in a team during international contests from so called “Big Gun” stations around Europe. This includes the stations: ES5TV in Estonia, 4O3A in Montenegro, SK3W in Sweden or even 9A1A in Croatia. All levels of contest experience are accepted but a participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver. Also, the fun of contesting and the opportunity to learn new things about how to operate more efficiently in contests, are important points for the events success. This year three contests were announced on the webpage of YOTA to be in YCP 2017.

Read more: Youth Contest Program – Young operators visit 9A1A in Croatia

Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2017

YCP contest ES5TV 2016

In 2017 the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of IARU R1 will be continued. Youth members from IARU R1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called “Top-Gun” stations. These young HAM’s will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team. A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.

Announced contest locations:
ES5TV ARI International DX contest (6-7 May 2017)
9A1A 9A1RBZ CQ M International DX contest (13-14 May 2017)
4O3A CQWW RTTY contest (23-24 September 2017)

Are you interested? Have a look at the YOTA website for more information.

Registration YOTA December month 2016 started

yotamonth2016During the month of December, several youngsters will activate call signs with YOTA as the suffix. The idea of this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active within the hobby! Consider giving a demonstration at a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up. Let’s show this great hobby to the world!

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever so give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby without getting impatient, we all remember our first contact.
Like previous years there will be a special award available for persons who worked several YOTA stations.

To apply for a YOTA callsign you need to follow some rules:

Rules:
1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in the suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country. If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask you to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSOs must be sent as an ADIF file before 10th January 2017.
6- All QSOs must be made in December 2016.
7- This is NOT a contest; we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- Use the same YOTA callsign which was used in your country in the previous year(s)
*We are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*All applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2016.
Registration page: http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/register/

A historical day, the first ARISS contact with YOTA

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Today was a historical day for youth and amateur radio. In the Youngsters On The Air camp in Austria the first YOTA contact ever was made with the International Space Station. More than 100 young radio amateur from about 30 countries were attending this contact. 20 Of the young HAM’s had the chance to talk to astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. The contact was setup as a telebridge contact via VK4KHZ. 
The Austrian national television channel ORF made a video of the contact.

Check out the YOTA website for daily news flashes.

YOTA Austria is about to start

This Saturday, 16th of July, already the 6th Youngsters On The Air week will take place. Over 100 youngsters from 30 member societies, including an IARU Region 2 team from USA, will travel to Wagrain in the Austrian mountains. This edition will be organized by OeVSV which is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary.

The youngsters will be having a lot of fun with amateur radio, there will be many workshops, they will be optimizing their skills in electronics and contesting and will make new international friends. To name some activities from the exciting program: SOTA, COTA, propagation in an ice cave, homebrew HF antenna and using the same antenna in the mountains as a SOTA station, HAMNET, working with a Raspberry Pi and making a WSPR beacon out of this or use it with DV4mini for digital voice and the famous intercultural evening where everyone brings food and drinks from their home country. On Monday 10:25 UTC there will even be a telebridge ARISS contact with astronaut Jeff Williams KD5TVQ, which will give the youth an unforgettable experience. All this is only a small selection of the program.
More info and real live updates of the event are available here.

If you would like to make a QSO with one of the youngsters, listen for OE2YOTA which will be on air on most bands in several modes.

International Youth Meeting

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The 5th International Youth Meeting took place during HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. Youth, youth coordinators, youth workers and interested persons from at least 12 countries joined the meeting. In this meeting we had 3 interesting lectures. Click on the title to download the available presentations:
La Radio è Giovane: YOTA the italian way - Silvio Gaggini IZ5DIY, Alex Carletti IV3KKW
(Statistics) about the success of ham radio training in Germany - Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH
HAM Radio training in the Berlin area - Lars Weiler DC4LW
We all gained new information, spread knowledge and have new ideas for the future.

IARU R1 Youth activities – HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

a logoWe are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 25-6-2015
Time: 10.00
Place: Room Liechtenstein
With the following lectures:
La Radio è Giovane: YOTA the italian way - Silvio Gaggini IZ5DIY, Alex Carletti IV3KKW
(Statistics) about the success of ham radio training in Germany - Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH, Lars Weiler DC4LW

Youngsters On the Air
Host OEVSV of YOTA 2016 is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary. OEVSV is inviting youngsters to meet at their booth in hall A1 which will be fully in YOTA theme! Everyone is invited to join on Saturday 25-6-2016, 15:30 hr, the flag ceremony.
The official YOTA flag will be handed over from the YOTA Italy 2015 team to the organizers of YOTA 2016.
We hope to see you at the OEVSV booth!

Youth Contesting at ES9C and 9A1A

In 2016 we continued IARU R1’s Youth Contesting Program (YCP). Youth from Region 1 travelled to the station of ES5TV (ES9C) and took part in the ARI International DX contest while another group went to 9A1A to take part in the CQ-M International DX contest.
The youngsters have written down a summary of the amazing experience they had during both contests, you can read them below:

ES9C

Peter (SA2BLV) from Sweden, Teodora (LZ2CWW) from Bulgaria, Dagi from ET3AA club station in Ethiopia and Fiodor (IZ7YBG) from Italy travelled to compete together with ES youngsters (ES7GM, ES5HTA) and a few local old timers at the station of ES5TV. The goal of winning the world was supposedly met with plenty of margin despite horrible propagation and somewhat limited contesting experience. Everyone was able to try out contesting in 3 different modes and 3 different operating positions (RUN/S&P/MULT). Having all the stations interlocked to each other provided the ops with a great challenge of trying to synchronize with each other's transmissions and avoiding getting killed by the mad RUN op who was blocked by 4 different stations all the time. Due to having another contester born into my family (ES5TV) Sunday morning I was not able to be present but everyone was having plenty of fun without it. Not to mention abundance of food prepared by Tonu, ES2DW on constant basis.
In total 1848 QSOs were made in Phone, CW and RTTY. Score: 3,086,350

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9A1A

Once again, the Croatian DX Club 9A1A, had the pleasure of being the host of the IARU Region 1 Youth Contesting Programme. Young contesters came from Hungary to participate in the CQ-M International DX Contest together with our club youngsters.
The members of the contesting team were the Hungarian youngsters Tomi (HA9T) and Novice OP Gabor; 9A1A young team members Mihaela (9A7MIM), Domagoj (9A7CDZ), Eugen (9A5AEV), Marina (9A5CKM), and Luka (9A5CPL); and experienced 9A1A team members Emil (9A9A), Braco (9A7R) and Nikola (9A5W).

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The youngsters arrived on the contest location on Friday May 13th where they spent the late afternoon and evening talking about the SAC SSB event, YOTA 2015 and future YOTA activities.
On Saturday morning in accordance to the contest rules the team prepared a strategy. With goal of allowing the young part of the team to handle the majority of the contesting participation.
We used the 9A1A call throughout the event. Equipment set up was as it is for Multi-Multi but with use of Multi OP-single transmitter contest rules. Propagation conditions were nice. A big surprise was that the there were 10 meter band openings on both days. As Saturday and Sunday were very rainy days, even with heavy rain showers, beverage antennas helped a lot to receive signals on 160, 80 and 40 meters bands.
Within 24 hours, 2273 QSOs were logged of which 90% were logged by youngsters!
It was obvious that they really enjoyed huge pile-ups on all bands after band or mode exchange.
Main business for 9A9A, 9A7R and 9A5W was coordination of band and mode use of the running station and multipliers.
In the end we achieved a promising score and we expect to be have top results in MOST categories.

Braco, 9A7R, was our main chef and took care of preparing food in big quantity and excellent quality.

Event impressions are excellent. Bigger than after SAC contest. World wide and multi mode contest gave the youngsters more fun and dynamcs in making QSOs. All of them agreed that in future 9A1A should organize YCP in such type of the contest.

Event was closed Sunday afternoon with pan-cakes in Velika Gorica, a city 17 km away from the contesting location. This city is also the was arrival and departure location for Tomi, HA9T and Gabor.
It was another nice occasion to exchange contest impressions, speaking about the possibility of a new YCP event in the second half of 2016 and in case that we repeat YCP participation in CQM 2017 how to improve QSO rates like some Russian stations did this year.
The youngsters' future plans in amateur radio were also discussed, where less experienced youngsters told us about their plans, specialy regarding knowledge of Morse code.