Youth Contesting Program 2016

YCPTo follow up on the first successes in the Youth Contest Program of IARU R1 we will announce the new YCP contests of 2016. 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.

On this page you can read stories from past YCP activities.
To get the real YCP feeling check out this movie of 4O3A’s participation. 

For more information and the application form visit this link:

38 Stations taking part in December YOTA month

yotaqslsmallYOTA December month is about to start. 38 YOTA callsigns in total will be active from schools, scoutings or just used by young radio amateurs under the age of 26 years. Try to make a QSO with the youngsters, be aware that some of them are new to the radio hobby, while others are more experienced. Goal is to show this amazing radio amateur hobby to youth and to have more “youngsters on the air”.
The YOTA stations will be active throughout the entire month of December. All info about the stations is available on this page.

There is a special award available for working YOTA stations.
In total there can be 4 awards achieved:
Bronze: worked 5 YOTA stations
Silver: worked 10 YOTA stations
Gold: worked 15 YOTA stations
Platinum: worked 25 YOTA stations
Awards can be requested through this link.

Call for applications YOTA 2016‏ Austria

yotalogoThe 6th edition of Youngsters On The Air will take place in Austria. OeVSV (Österreichischer Versuchssenderverband), which will celebrate their 90 years anniversary, will be hosting next YOTA summer event. 75 Youngsters will be invited to travel to the Austrian Alps to enjoy a program with many new elements compared to previous years.
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: 16-23 July 2016

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.
* All participants, including team leaders, should take part in the entire program.
* We ask member societies to select motivated participants
Team leaders:
* Younger team leaders are preferred (age 18-30 years)
* A team leader should be in a good health condition, which means that they can take part in the entire program and take care of their team members.   
Location: Wagrain, south of Salzburg (OE2)

Fees: travel costs to Salzburg airport or Wagrain 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 31 December 2015 by sending in the 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.

Next YCP contest location: 9A1A

9a1a9A1A contest location is in village Kozjača, located about 40km SE from Zagreb or 20 km from Zagreb Airport. Station is constructed for Multi – Multi operation, and such installation permits MS, M2 or SO SB contest participation. Station set up includes to be on air in SO SB category in same time on all six bands.

There are 4 antenna towers, 2 times 36 meters, one 40m and one 26m height.
Shack has 62,5m2 including operating room, small bath room, kitchen and sleeping room.
The whole infrastructure is built in accordance to Croatian law. It passed „Technical Acceptance Test” and it has „Usage permit“ issued by appropriate authorities.
That means „No problem with any possible complaints from neighbours“ !

Antenna installation has 36 various antennas. Antenna systems are selected by antenna switchers, antenna rotation is in use in rare situations.

9A1A has two contest teams.
The first one is consisted by all club members having good contesting skills, and team includes our youngsters too. 9A1A call is in use. Guest operators from all over the world are always welcome.

Second team is youngsters’ team.
They started in amateur radio as second grade students of Technical school Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb. Some of them are now on University, some of them are still school students. In contests they are using call 9A1RBZ. They are in age between 16 and 20. 9A1RBZ is call for station installed in school. Croatian Amateur Radio sub law permits use of any call on other location with power limits given in licence of host station, and that is why they are using 9A1RBZ call.

9A1RBZ members have been world winners as team or single band operators in EA RTTY Contest 2014, SCC RTTY Championship 2014, YO DX HF Contest 2014. They have been on top list two times in UBA DX Contest SSB, years 2014 and 2015.  Claimed scores in SCC RTTY Championship 2015 shows to be world winner again.

From this year starting with SAC SSB Contest 9A1RBZ will participate in  IARU Region 1 „Youth Contesting Program“ - YCP.

In SAC SSB 9A1RBZ  team members are :
OE3FTA, Florian
9A7MIM, Mihaela
9A7MSM, Marija
9A7CDZ, Domagoj  
9A5CPP, Petar

Maybe some others will join them.

Youngsters from IARU R1 are welcome to participate in 9A1RBZ contest team.  Next contest planned is EA RTTY Contest 2016.

Actions will be coordinated with Lisa, PA2LS IARU R1 Youth WG Chairman.

Registration YOTA December month

yotalogoThe entire month of December several youngsters will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. Give a demonstration on a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSO's or enjoy a great pile-up. Let us all 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 QSO's, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

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

1- Follow the rules.  Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in 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 to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSO's must be  send as ADIF file before 10 January 2016.
6- All QSO’s must be made in December 2015.
7- This is NOT a contest, we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9’s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- All participating callsigns must apply!
Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2015.

*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.

More info:
Registration page:

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


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 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.