General

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

Youngsters On The Air 2014 Finland

 

yota2014At this moment Youngsters On The Air 2014 is taking place in Virrat, Finland. The event will go on till 22 July. The following 15 countries are participating with a youth team: Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Croatia.

We will take part in several amateur radio related activities, like ARDF, contesting, making QSO’s and soldering electronic kits. Besides the ham radio part we will work on reaching new competences, for example: improving your language skills and having discussions about cultural awareness, this all because main funder of this youth exchange is Erasmus+ program of European commission. To have an impression about the activities have a look on the program.

Follow us on the YOTA website where we will post updates of the week and make a QSO with us as OH2YOTA.

3th International Youth Meeting - HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

 

youthmeetingDate: Saturday 28th of June, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Room Schwarzwald
With lectures from:
Gerrit Herzig, DH8GHH, “Youth Activities in Braunschweig”
Johan Mattson SA5BJM, Swedish Youth Coordinator of SSA, "Activity SH3Y”. About the success of the international youth team which was active at SK3W during the WPX SSB contest in 2013 and 2014.
Sebastian Blaesing, DL2DOC, “Youth and HamCamp on HAM Radio”
John Banburt AG7N and Alex Banbury KE7WUD “HAM Club in High School”

The Annual School Club EU – Day

German Initiative AATIS invites school stations to be active on 5th of May 2014. 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.

BFRA Youth Coordinator

LZ2CWWBFRA appointed Teodora Getsova LZ2CWW as their Youth Coordinator. This well educated YL is in love with Amateur Radio. She is active and capable to organizing young LZ hams. She has been several times World champion in High Speed Telegraphy with amazing results. Best wishes, Teodora, in your new position.

SARL Appoints a Youth Activity Coordinator

 

zs6yhThe Council of the SARL has appointed Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, as youth coordinator. Mitchel became a radio amateur in his early teens and has been active on both local and international competitions. He serves the East Rand Radio Club as youth coordinator and has for the past six years also been involved with JOTA and CQ Hou Koers for the Voortrekkers. Mitchel will the setting up a SARL Youth group on Facebook and Whatsapp. www.hamradio.org.za will be dedicated to SARL Youth Activity with a link to and from the SARL home page

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