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. will be dedicated to SARL Youth Activity with a link to and from the SARL home page

Youngsters On The Air Finland 2014

altDuring the summer of 2014, a youth radio camp "Youngsters on the Air" will be held in Finland, organized by the Finnish Radio Amateur League. During this week teams of young radio amateurs from 15 different European countries will be participating during different activities: presentations, competitions, visiting radio stations, workshops, ARDF etc… As three previous events in Romania, Belgium/Netherlands and Estonia have shown, for the young HAM’s it will be a great experience they will never forget.

When: 15-22 July 2014
Participants: 15 teams from different European member associations of IARU R1. A team consists of a team leader, who could be an older person over 18, and 4 team members between 15-25 years old.
Location: Virrat, Finland. Click here to view on the map.
Fees: part of travel costs (calculated with a distance calculator by the European Commission), plus participation fee 50€/person. All other costs (accomodation, food, activities) will be covered by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.

If your member society is interested to participate, please respond by 31st January 2014, as the full application should be ready for 15.03.2014. For questions and where to send the application, download the invitation document.


HAM's children and youth activities in Czech Republic


The children and youth free time activities are quite popular in Czech Republic for decades.  The adult volunteers organize camps or weekend actions, leads whole year free-time groups for children. Some of these volunteers are HAMs. I would like to show some of their activities with children and youth in Czech Republic in a nutshell. 
The basic activities are the electronic and HAM radio hobby groups. These are led by radio amateurs or electronic enthusiasts. Such hobby groups are usually covered by some nonprofit organization, free time center or local basic school. These organizations generally assure the legitimacy, insurance and some public relations. So let's go though the brief intersection of current activities. 

December YOTA month!


After the success of the Youngsters On The Air events in the summer we decided that it’s time to do some more action!
During the whole month of December several countries will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign.
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.
You want to hear us on the air? Listen for Youngsters On The Air callsigns in the whole month of December!
At least 17 stations from 14 countries with young HAM’s will be active. We would be happy if you try to work one or more of the following callsigns:


A special Youngsters On The Air Award is available.

Friendship-2013 youth contest

The Russian Amateur Radio Union SRR is pleased to announce “Friendship-2013”, the youth contest. The contest will take place on the 2th of November 2013. Radio amateurs born in 1988 or younger and SWL’s born in 1994 or younger are invited to participate. Details about the contest are on the website, as well as a spoken version of the Russian alphabet.

Youngsters On the Air 2013 Estonia


The third Edition of Youngsters On the Air took place in Tartu Estonia from 5 till 12 August. About 85 participants from the following countries were attending: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. The youngsters followed a program which included several activities as contesting, ARDF, electronic kit building, robotics, satellites and Estcube demonstration, visiting an observatory, intercultural evening, presenting their home countries and antenna building. The youngsters had a great week, new friends were made and as outcome the youngsters and teamleaders are planning new meetings and other youth activities in future.

YOTA2014 will take place in Finland.