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YCP: First young contest team in CQWW RTTY at 4O3A

The first youth team taking part in IARU R1’s new Youth Contesting Program (YCP) is ready to start in the CQWW RTTY contest. All participants arrived at the station 4O3A in Montenegro. The youngsters are excited to be part in this contest from a so called “big gun station” which will be for most of them a new experience.
The next activity will be in two weeks from 9A1A during the SAC contest 10-11 October.


This young international team is active in the CQWW RTTY contest from 4O3A:
S57BM, Matej
IT9RGY, Gabriele
IZ6TSA, Nicolò
YU3VIP, Vasilije
E70RA , Alem
E75DCE, Dino
E79AA, Hasan
4O9I, Dragisa
Marko, 4O9TT

Protection of Young People Involved in IARU Region 1 Youth Activities

IARU Region 1 has a rapidly developing youth programme to encourage the recruitment, growth and development of young people in Amateur Radio.


Modern standards require proper safeguarding of young people. The “IARU Region 1 Child Protection Policy” has therefore been implemented, which sets out the responsibilities of all those who are in a supervisory role during such IARU events.

For the full policy (pdf) click here

For Appendices 1-3 to complete ("Word" format) click here

New Youth Contesting Program (YCP)

In 2015 a new Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of IARU R1 will start. 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.

For more information and the application form visit this link.

YOTA 2015 started in a warm Italy

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5th Edition of Youngsters On The Air started last Saturday in Marina di Massa, Italy. This year for the first time also teams outside Europe –Oman, Tunisia, South Africa– travelled to the YOTA event. All activities are organized by ARI and handled by ARI Tuscany Regional Committee.
The youth had already the opportunity to take part in a US license exam, tasted food and drinks from all countries and listened to a presentation from the Italian DXpedition team in Africa.
Follow the youngsters on www.ham-yota.com. They are actively posting blogs, pictures and movies. Or try to make a QSO with II5YOTA. This special callsign is active till 25th of July.

International Youth Meeting HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

Last Saturday the International Youth Meeting was held during HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. This event was hosted by German Youth Coordinator Annette, DL6SAK, and Youth WG Chair Lisa, PA2LS.
In this file you will find the slides of the following presentations:
Introduction of the new Youth Contest Program (YCP) of IARU R1 – PA2LS
YCP at 9A1A and youth projects of 9A1BRZ – 9A9A and 9A5W
Differences between German and US American Youth Communities – DO7KAY
In the end an interesting discussion took place, which was started by Kay DO7KAY, pointing out differences between German and US radio amateurs. Kay received for a year ARRL’s QST Magazine. With this he had the chance to dig deeper in the background of US radio amateurs.
After that, one of the main topics was the difficulty of obtaining an amateur radio license. This seems to be a problem in several countries. Depending on fees, minimum age, location of examination, level of exam questions and learning material. The discussion on this topic will continue in the near future. When it is hard to obtain a license, we will never get many more young radio amateurs.

The Annual School Club EU – Day

 German Initiative AATIS invites school stations to be active on 5th of May 2015. This  activity is supposed to  bring contacts with and among school amateur radio club and  training stations and school girls and boys with  own callsigns as well as contacts with  every other station from all over Europe. The activity is a great way to  get young operators  on the air from their school shacks using their training call signs (or the school club's call  sign for irrelevant messages only – according to national law). Very often a new operator  will be intimidated by  the fear of not knowing what to say to the stranger on the other side  of the radio. The exchange of information  helps to overcome this fear in a low pressure contest format, it should not be made a "5-9-contest". Operators  are encouraged to take more time to chat beyond the exchange of the necessary details. A certificate of  participation will be issued for stations that send an excerpt from the log of the day. There is also the chance of  winning one of the fantastic prizes issued by AATiS. More information is available in this document.

Call for application: Youngsters On The Air Italy 2015

It’s already time for the 5th edition of the Youngsters On The Air summer event. In 2015 the youth radio camp will take place in Italy, organized by ARI (Associazione Radioamatori Italiani)
In this week teams of young radio amateurs from several countries will be participating in all kind of amateur radio activities. Think about workshops, contesting and ARDF, we will try to show many aspects of the radio hobby. Off course you will also get the chance to learn about other cultures, in the famous intercultural evening you will get the chance to try food and drinks from all participating countries. As we go to Italy, we will also show you the country and Italian traditions.
This is just a little bit about what we are going to do in this event. It will be a great experience for all participants which they will never forget. To get a better feeling about this, have a look at the gallery from previous events.

When: 18-25 July 2015
Participants: each IARU member society is invited to take part with a team. A team consist of maximum 5 persons, 4 Persons with the age 15-25 years and one person is dedicated as team leader.
Location: Marina di Massa, Tuscany
Fees: travel costs to Pisa airport and €25 per participant
All other costs (accomodation, food, activities) will be covered, main funder of the event is IARU R1.

If your member society is interested to participate, please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 27 January 2015 with sending in this application form. There is a limit of 75 participants. Make sure you will apply in time. We will announce the participating countries shortly after the deadline.

For any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

December YOTA month! Bulletin 1

 

December is coming closer. This means it is almost time for the next Youngsters On The Air activity. Have a look at the bulletin for the latest info. Feel free to participate.

December YOTA month! - 2014 edition

After having last year the first edition of December YOTA month! it’s time for a new one. During the whole month of December several countries will become active with YOTA as suffix in the call sign. The idea for this is to break the ice for some youngsters and take the microphone in the hand. As seen over the years the YOTA-group is growing fast and every week more youngsters are asking to participate. Let us all make Youngsters On The Air popular in HAM radio and let us all help to put youngsters on the HAM radio train!

Would you like to participate? Have a look at this document and do not forget to register before 24 November. 

ERTC 2014 Final results

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ETRC 2014 (European Radiosport Team Championship), the youth version of WRTC 2014, was held in Virrat, Finland one week after the Boston WRTC event with 15 three-person youth teams seated in one room in front of their computers and connected to the global Amateur Radio simulator over the internet, all in Virtual Reality. Once again, the latest technology was utilized in Amateur Radio for the benefit of Amateur Radio’s future and by Amateur Radio operators themselves.

In total, ERTC 2014 activated hundreds of young people and licensed radio amateurs in full harmony within the participating 44 countries. ERTC 2014 was a huge success bringing youth and seasoned hams together around the same fireworks in the spirit of international Amateur Radio.

But Mother Nature added to the excitement as a thunderstorm knocked off electricity in the area and power was restored only 5 minutes prior to the start of the contest. It was a Le Mans type of hectic start leaving many teams in the starting grid. The Head Judge, Hans, PB2T, President of IARU Region 1, ruled the first 22 minutes out to give a level playing field to those slow in booting their contest machines and putting their racing helmets on.

When the dust had settled, the following three teams stood on the podium with their medals:

GOLD MEDAL, CZECH REPUBLIC:  Sarka Vavrova, OK2SVA (21); Jindrich Kostal, OK1NOR (24) and Jan “Honza” Dohnalek, OK1JD (20)

SILVER MEDAL, ITALY;: Nicola Tonci, IZ6TSA (20); Gabry Iuliani, IT9RGY (26) and Orazio Intagliata, IT9DBF (25)

BRONZE MEDAL, ESTONIA: Keijo Kapp, ES1XQ (17); Tauri Helimets, ES5HTA (18) and Keven Mekk, ES6AXS (18)

As Silver and Bronze teams were less than three multipliers apart, the fact that the S/W platform (HamSphere 3.0) used in the contest logged all QSOs into the system, gave the organizers full confidence in verifying each station and their exchange. Only seven (7) multiplier uniques were found in the database and they did not affect the final rankings.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT ERTC CONTINENTAL WINNERS

Europe: Gaudentas Mozura, LY3BHY

Asia: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR

South America: Jairo Ramos Sansone, PU3JAI

Oceania: Eko, 91HS576 (Central Java, Indonesia)

Africa: Tarek Zeidan, SU1TZ

North America: ARRL Centennial, W100AW*

*W100AW was activated by Martti Laine, OH2BH as part of the ARRL Centennial celebrations in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks (K1ZZ) and congratulations to the American Radio Relay League.

YOTA 2014 & ERTC 2014

ERTC 2014 was part of a European wide youth gathering known as Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) which is held every year in different European Union countries under EU and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sponsorship with the aim of bringing youth together in the spirit of cultural exchange and learning from one another in all segments of Amateur Radio, science and electronics. This year fifteen EU countries were represented. ERTC also brought young people together globally over the internet, using Amateur Radio simulation software on a shared platform - all in the natural hangout of today’s youth.

HAMSPHERE (HS) PLATFORM

HS is an Amateur Radio (AR) simulation software package giving a hands-on opportunity to youngsters who wish to experience AR in its natural setting while still busy with their studies and not able to take a ham exam or to invest in actual AR equipment. HS coexists with real AR with true propagation science, QSL collection and a variety of contest formats and related equipment. It offers an experience which will encourage young people to study for a ham license and thus enter our wonderful world of Amateur Radio. The latest breakthrough in the simulation software features real-time propagation and system integrated logging, instant QSLing and awards.

ERTC 2014 PATRON

The  ERTC 2014 event was honored to have Professor Rumen Gechev, LZ1MS of WRTC 1990 fame as patron of this first-ever Amateur Radio-like WRTC simulation over the internet. Rumen himself finished  4th in 1990 in  the first WRTC held in Seattle, WA. He has subsequently proceeded with life with a highly impressive career as Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and currently as Professor in Economics and Sustained Development at the  University of National and Word Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria,  adding to his Visiting Professor duties at many leading universities. Rumen has  not lost interest in Amateur Radio and he was active during ERTC 2014 giving an LZ multiplier to many participating youth teams – including his own Team Bulgaria.

SCORES OF TOP SIX ERTC STATIONS

TEAM                         CALL            CONTACTS   MULT   ACCURACY          SCORE

1: Czech Rep.             OJ45OK             157                61           0.1%                 430.172

2: Italy                         OJ78IT               166                60           0.5%                 397.914

3: Estonia                    OJ56ES              159                57           0.1%                 382.838

4: Slovakia                  OJ37OM            138                60           0.7%                 350.584

5: Croatia                    OJ349A              154               41           1.0%                  341.682

6: UK                           OJ54UK             142               48           0.6%                  325.185

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PICTURES, CLARIFICATIONS, TEAM & TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS etc:

YOTA 2014: Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, IARU R1 Youth Coordinator

ERTC 2014: Martti Laine, OH2BH, ERTC Coordinator