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Young HAM Christos 5B4AIP winner of All Asian DX Contest

Young HAM Christos Kakoutas (5B4AIP), is the Asian Winner of Junior in the category of "Single Operator" in the 2011 ALL ASIAN DX CONTEST.
Here an interview with Christos also about his work as chairman of the English School Radio Club (5B4ES). 

Congratulations to Christos!

At what age did you obtain your radio license?
I obtained my HAREC Certificate in November 2008, at the age of 14, after succeeding in the examination organised then by the Cyprus’s Ministry of Communications and Works. When the results were announced I immediately applied for a license which unfortunately did not come until the spring of 2009. 

What made you become a radio amateur?
I must say that it was a combination of reasons that made me become a Radio Amateur. First of all, my school’s Radio Club had no licensed operators at that time. It was therefore difficult for the club to work in this way and a licensed operator was urgently needed. Also, beyond this practical reason, I was myself very much attracted to this wonderful hobby. I enjoyed very much communicating with people using transceivers and aerials and constructing such equipment. Above all however I was mostly fascinated by contests. I watched other licensed operators contesting and the feeling of competing alone or with your friends against everybody else in the world thrilled me. 

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ERASD Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society Youth Activities

The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society ERASD, is the officially recognized membership organization for radio amateurs in Egypt. One of ERASD’s main objectives is to promote and improve amateur radio services and youth activities in Egypt through the participation in international and regional activities. ERASD prepared a plan for three years from 2011 until 2013 to Youth Activities. 

The plan divided into four points as Radio Activities, Education, Society's Station, Media, in this subject will talk about the first point Radio Activity. First it's great chance for youth to get useful information about Amateur. During the radio Activity ERASD providing educational programs and materials to promote amateur radio and develop the scientific and technical skills of the youth.

Last SU8JOTA activity was a great chance to the youth Boys and Girls to participates in the world youth event and see the Radio Amateur communications Technology in this context, ERASD is currently focused on simplifying science and technology to youth in general, and more particularly in areas related to emergency and Natural Disasters ERASD and the Cairo International Scout Center came together to organize the participation of junior Scouts in this international Scouting event.

The theme of the 54th Jamboree On The Air was:  Peace,   Environment and Natural Disasters. It was a great chance for youth to learn about the use of modern means of communications to help in saving lives, and to know how each and every Scout can prepare to intervene to save people in their communities during great natural or climatic disasters.  Scouts have shown that they know how to quickly and efficiently react. Scouts are often of great help for rescuers working on the ground, thanks to their self-sacrifice and determination; they are often on the front line during disasters that affect their immediate environment.

Simulated Emergency Test Why are Radio Amateurs and Scouts always there first when disaster strikes? During the JOTA weekend we organized a small-scale emergency test. It was a challenging activity in which an Earthquake emergency was simulated and Scouts responded using radio communications, techniques, materials and skills that they learned during this JOTA, such as how to install an amateur radio station and antennas. 

Click here for pictures of ERASD youth activities.

Getting youth interested by exhibiting on high schools

Many youngsters have no clue about the radio hobby. An opportunity to change this is to exhibit at a local high school. For example in the Netherlands VERON section Breda exhibited at the open day of Radius College in Breda last January.

Their goal was to show youth that there is more than only internet and WhatsApp. First they started with making promotion material, like flyers, banners and pens. The committee of section Breda made the decision what they wanted to show. They choose to show in an active way what the radio amateur hobby is about. Also showing something about self-building and that the PC is important in our hobby. Because it was the first time they were exhibiting, they did choose for a set-up.

The next step was to ask members of the VERON section to help during the exhibition. It seemed during club meetings that many members wanted to participate and help. Also some younger members, which is nice when you are promoting on a school.

Before the start of the exhibition, which was two days in total, local radio amateurs helped with the preparations. A pump mast was placed at the schoolyard together with a X300 and FD4. Inside there was a stand next to the electrical engineering faculty of the school. There was also a self-build SDR-radio, self-build radio’s, MKARS 80 meter QRP transmitter and much more.

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Amateur Radio Kids Day: Sunday 8 January

Kids Day is an on-air event to encourage young people (licensed or not) to have fun with Amateur Radio. The Kids Day operating event is not a contest. It’s a way to tell young people worldwide about the magic and mystery of two way hobby radio communications. To do this, Amateur radio stations are being asked to devote this short time window to promote the terrestrial hobby and ham radio satellite operations to youngsters. This, by providing a place to make contacts with other Kids Day stations around the world. It is designed to give on-the-air experience to youngsters and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.

Date and Time: 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC on Sunday, January 8 and Saturday, June 16. Operate as much or as little as you like.

Suggested exchange: Name, age, location and favorite color. Be sure to work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”

Suggested frequencies:
10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

You can also use your favorite favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor). Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs.

VP6BR DXpedition revisited

In year 2000, Jukka OH2BR made a three month long DXpedition to Pitcairn Island, the most remote inhabited island on Earth. As a result, besides being awarded the title DXpeditioner of the Year at Dayton Hamvention, he established a new Guinness World Record for maximum number of Amateur Radio contacts in a year - altogether 56.239 QSOs.

Finnish Amateur Radio League - SRAL has very recently published an Extra Radioamatoori Promotion Journal describing various facets of Amateur Radio. Unfortunately but understandably, the journal is in Finnish. You may download the journal here to get the general idea how it looks like. There is a Swedish summary, though, in the end.

Jukka OH2BR, Editor of the Extra Journal, has translated his VP6BR DXpedition story in the journal into English for world-wide audience to encourage newcomers to join our ranks. You can read the VP6BR DXpedition story here.

Pictures posted in the IARU Region 1 Photo Gallery from Pitcairn plus two from Auckland, New Zealand, give you the idea of a DXpedition to a remote subtropical island with 44 inhabitants. No TV, no Internet, just Ham Radio. Enjoy!

Impression of youth radio club YO9KAG

In Romania there are some active youth radio clubs. One of them is Radioclub YO9KAG, this is a section of “Sport Club Petrolul Ploiesti”. This club has a great tradition in Romanian sports. In the radio club are radio amateurs of all classes trained and they are participating in competitions that covers all branches of amateur radio. During contests they mostly are using the callsign YR9R.

At the club youngsters are taught by coaches to get their radio license. They learn about amateur radio, radio operating techniques, CW, electronics and they are also being trained about how to compete in a contest. Club members have obtained remarkable results in HF, VHF and HST competitions.

All young amateurs with a callsign have attended at least one national competition and received very nice prizes.  We can mention YO9JOC, YO9JOK, YO9HPJ, YO9HQW, YO9HP, YO9FNP, YO9WF and many others… who managed at their first participation in a national championship to rank in the top three.

The young radio amateurs of this club are really fanatic in CW and contesting. It is remarkably to see how controlled they make QSO’s. Also the older youngsters, like Razvan YO9HPJ 20 years’ old, knows a lot about radio theory. Their coach Michael YO9BPX, supports the youth and help them as a teacher. With mentoring the youth they become really experienced radio amateurs.

Experiences of a young radio amateur during HST - Mari Nikkilä, OH2FPK

2011 High Speed Telegraphy World Championship was arranged in Bielefeld, a historic town in Germany. It was my first time in any HST competition so I didn't know very much about the rules and ways to prepare myself for the competition.

The first time I heard about high speed telegraphy was when my mentor Jukka, OH2BR, told about HST as a very interesting sector of IARU. He asked me to join him, because he was invited to participate as a judge in this top event where the best telegraphers of the world gather to take measure of each other. You can guess that I did not have to think twice because CW is my favorite mode.

It appeared that I was the first ever competitor from Nordic countries. I learned many new things. I have just finished writing an article about HST in our national amateur radio journal Radioamatööri.

I hope that this sector of Amateur Radio will become more popular in Finland and of course everywhere in the world. Next time there will be more participants from Finland, I hope.

I came to the conclusion that HST is most popular and best organized in Belarus, Russia and Romania. That explains why the majority of the competitors – including many youth - came from these countries. I must tell that the young people I met in the competition are really very talented. Frankly, they are younger than I am and yet they have gone so far!

I realize that the young HST enthusiasts have practiced Morse code during many years. That partly explains their fantastic results. Sometimes I wish that I had started my own ham career many years earlier than I did. Two years in Amateur Radio is a very short period of time and there is so much to learn!

It was a pleasure to realize that HST people are very kind and helpful as hams usually are in general. That fact alone gives me much more energy to practice CW at home when I know that I have made great friends with so many pleasant hams always ready to help me to become a truly competent CW operator. Thank you!

Related pictures are posted in the IARU R1 photo gallery. 

Presentation on Amateur Radio youth activities in Finland

During the past seven years Suomen Radioamatööriliitto (SRAL Finland) organised several youth activities. Before 2004 youth activities were not recognized by SRAL. A youth committee of SRAL was established, the idea was to let youth get more experience in running official meetings and matters.  Different activities were organised like: school demonstrations, summer camps, youth dxpeditions, fairs, ARDF and school clubs.

Different youth activities held by SRAL are available in a Presentation youth activities in Finland, written by Jukka Heikinheimo, OH2BR

Introducing IARU Region 1 Youth coordinator - PA2LS

Lisa PA2LS, currently 21 years old, obtained her first license when she was 13 years old. She received the novice call PD2LLS. In 2009 she passed the full-license exam.

In the summer of 2010 Lisa went to Romania as leader of the Dutch team to the Youngsters On the Air event. With a group of 40 youngsters, most of them radio amateurs, she participated in different radio activities under callsigns YO0YOA and YO0TSL. In 2010, together with her father PE1KL, she activated LG5LG and SJ9WL in Morokulien, located at the border of Sweden and Norway. In April/May 2011 they went together on dxpedition to Ghana. Lisa’s Ghanaian callsign is 9G5LL.

Lisa is active during contests and other events like JOTA, clubstation fieldday and in contest teams. A Product Design Engineering major, she enjoys playing piano and does this in a band with whom she performs.

With her experience, and also what she heard from other young radio amateurs, Lisa is looking to get the youth community in IARU Region 1 more active. She will be working with member societies in promoting Amateur Radio among youth, share ideas and experiences leading to an increased number of young radio amateurs.

Lisa, PA2LS, appointed as the IARU Region 1 Youth Co-ordinator

Following the creation of a Youth Co-ordinator portfolio during the Region 1 General Conference at Sun City in August 2011, the Region called for nominations for a Region 1 Youth Co-ordinator. Three nominations were received, namely Mari Nikkilae, OH2FPK, Lisa Leenders, PA2LS and Georgi Atanasov Vodenicharov, LZ1ZF.

During the teleconference of the Region 1 Executive Committee held on 10 October 2011, it was decided to appoint Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, as the Region 1 Youth Co-ordinator. Lisa will be working with the Youth Co-ordinators from the various member societies to promote amateur radio amongst the youth in Region 1.

Congratulations to Lisa!