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













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:


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



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).


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.

SHRAK Youth and their support team activated six Kosovar prefixes


It was a brisk morning of late March with freezing temperatures when the youth
of Kosovo and their supporters were gathering to activate several stations
from capital Pristina and nearby city of Vushtrri in the 2016 CQ WPX Contest.

They activated six Kosovar prefixes, attracted WPX participants and in total 3000 QSOs were made. Those stations/prefixes were Z60A (SHRAK HQ) , Z61DX,
Z62FB, Z63ESC, Z64EEF (Tech University Club) and Z68BH.

The picture show their group as a whole while their YOTA leader, Elona, Z63ESC is
at the controls of their newly established Z60A station.

Radio equipment and antennas were donated by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL),
International DX Foundation (INDEXA), Force-12, U.K. DX Foundation and the OH-DX Foundation.

Those hams at the picture are Vjollca, Z61VB, SHARK president, Fehmi, Z62FB, SHARK secretary,
Driton, Z61DX, SHARK Board member, and Agim, Z61AS and Martti, OH2BH/Z68BH, assisting
SHARK in this activation.

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: