YOTA 2013 Estonia


Youngsters On the Air 2013 Estonia is a youth exchange project under Youth in Action programme, continuing the projects which took place in 2011 in Romania and in 2012 in Belgium.

The organizer in 2013 is Estonian Radio Amateurs' Union. Teams from 15 countries attend (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden). Most of the participating organizations are members of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

The youth exchange event will take place in Tartu (Estonia) on August 5th-12th, 2013. 
Special callsigns ES5YOTA and ES9YOTA will be active during the event. 
The main objective of the project is to promote technical education among the youth.

Technical disciplines are often perceived as difficult to learn. In spite of more and more technology in our everyday lives, less and less people want to know how this technology actually works. Youngsters opt for soft disciplines in further studies, resulting in overproduction and unemployment in these fields. At the same time, technical disciplines suffer from lack of people, resulting in labour shortage in these areas.

The aim of the project is to show to youngsters that technical fields may be fun and a good tool for broadening one's mind, in addition offering excellent career possibilities. Communication with kids and elder people having similar interests, but with different cultural background and languages, gives international experience, self-assurance and the most important, friends with kindred spirits.

The participants will be involved in activities implemented with the support of non formal education tools such as presentations, games and exercises, workshops, debates, outdoor activities, meetings with the youngsters and technical professionals from Estonia, which will give them the learning space to raise their tolerance and solidarity spirit toward diversity, to raise the understanding between them, to develop their volunteering spirit and to develop the initiative and entrepreneurship skills. The relationships and experience developed during the youth exchange foster networking activities, which give start for further initiatives. The project community membership in Facebook grew to over 100 actively communicating members in less than two years. The youth network is co-ordinated by IARU and national youth co-ordinators, enabling to communicate with stakeholders easily.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.eir tolerance and solidarity spirit toward diversity, to raise the understanding between them, to develop their volunteering spirit and to develop the initiative and entrepreneurship skills. The relationships and experience developed during the youth exchange foster networking activities, which give start for further initiatives. The project community membership in Facebook grew to over 100 actively communicating members in less than two years. The youth network is co-ordinated by IARU and national youth co-ordinators, enabling to communicate with stakeholders easily.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. 

Preparation weekend Youngsters On The Air 2013 Estonia


The Estonian society ERAU hosted a preparation weekend for Youngsters On The Air 2013 which will take place from 5 till 12 August. In the weekend 5-7 July teamleaders from Finland, Latvia, Italy, Slovenia, Ireland, Croatia, Belgium, The Netherlands and the Estonian organization discussed about subjects as the program and brought a visit to the campsite. Together with the preparation activities ERAU’s hamfest took place in Vaibla, Estonia. The group picture was made after the closing ceremony. In front are the present team leaders.

2nd International Youth Meeting HAM Radio Friedrichshafen


Last Saturday, 29th of June 2013, the 2nd International Youth meeting took place at the HAM Radio in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Several lectures where given. Dutch JOTA-JOTI coordinator Remko Welling PE1MEW pointed out three pillars are needed to have success with organizing scout radio activities: communication, technics and working together. He was also highlighting internet is not dangerous for amateur radio.
Finnish youth coordinator of SRAL Mari Nikkilä OH2FPK showed youth events as training camps, communication camps and youth dx-peditions. About 25% of the participants in youth training camps remains being radio amateur. At the moment more than 46 schools were visited and more than 1000 kids heard about radio amateurism. She told clearly problems with gaining new young radio amateurs and gave interesting solutions for these problems.
Tommy Degrande ON2TD youth coordinator of UBA showed electronic building kits used in Belgium, JOTA-JOTI and Youngsters on The Air 2012 which was held last summer in Eeklo.

As surprise Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH found time to show pictures of Fichtenfieldday. This is a weekend fieldday for young hams with following parts in the program: electronic kit building, using HF radios, Foxoring, geocaching and other games. This year, last year he also was attending the youth meeting, Alexander Banbury KE7WUD updated us about progress in youth and amateur radio concerning on emergency. Emergency is at his home QTH, Mercer Island USA, a main issue as floods, earth quakes and tornados are common. This is also a reason for youth to become radio amateur to help and assist when telecommunication infrastructure fails.

2nd International Youth Meeting - HAM Radio Friedrichshafen


Date: Saturday 29th of June, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Place: Room Berlin, Conference Center East.
With lectures from:
Tommy Degrande ON2TD, Belgian Youth Coordinator of UBA: Youth activities in Belgium
Remko Welling PE1MEW, JOTA-JOTI Coordinator The Netherlands: Jamboree on the air and scout activities, successful JOTA-JOTI in The Netherlands with over 200 scoutings participating every year.
Mari Nikkilä OH2FPK, Finnish Youth Coordinator of SRAL: Youth activities in Finland

New suggested frequencies Kids Day


Saturday 15th of June the next Kids’ Day will be held. There are adjustments in the suggested frequencies for IARU R1 which fit better in IARU R1 HF Bandplan. Only 40m and 80m are changed to suit with ARRL frequencies.

Suggested frequencies IARU R1:

10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz

15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz

20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz

40 Meters: 7.080 to 7.120 MHz

80 Meters: 3.650 to 3.750 MHz 

Other suggested frequencies by ARRL:

12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz

17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz

40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz

80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

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.

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

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

International Youth team SH3Y active during CQ WPX SSB

After Youngsters On The Air 2012, Johan SM5F, Swedish Youth Coordinator of SSA, had the idea to participate with a youth team from “big gun station” SK3W. The choice went to the CQ WPX SSB contest in Multi/Multi mode.  This weekend, 30-31 March 2013, 16 young HAMs (under the age of 25) from Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Estonia and The Netherlands will travel to SK3W. Also a few youngsters without radio license will join us. We met them during Youngsters On The Air (as example the YOTA-cook). We all know you have to come in contact with the “radio-virus” first.

Updates from the youngsters will be placed on their facebook group page

Here also a link to the live webcam.

The Radio Reactivation Programme in Poland

The "Radio Reactivation" Programme constitutes an educational venture propagating technical culture and amateur radio among children and youth in Poland. "Reactivation" is a service of the amateur radio community aimed at conveying their passion and fascination with radio technologies to younger generations. "Reactivation" is a nationwide free training programme addressed to primary and secondary schools.

"Reactivation" is based on the assumption that this programme functions as a movement motivating the amateur radio community in Poland to cooperate with new generations.

“Dear Amateur Radio Friends: by presenting the mission of the "Radio Reactivation" Programme, we  would like to point out that this action is not assigned and subordinated to any group of people, any club of the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK), any regional (local) section of the PZK, and it is not an action organised by the POLSKI ZWIAZEK KROTKOFALOWCOW (PZK), by the League of National Defence (LOK), or by any other organisation (although e.g. the PZK is one of the bodies that support the "Radio Reactivation" Programme - translator’s note).”

The entire venture is a spontaneous initiative of volunteers and it brings together all who want to work for implementation of the above-formulated ideas. Any person can become a volunteer - a person who holds an amateur radio licence as well as a person without a licence, who will be able - due to his/her knowledge - to assist in preparation of the programme for schools in terms of its specialist content.

The programme is free as such, but it is limited by our logistic and time capabilities, so it is important to make the largest possible group of people from the whole territory of Poland focus on that idea​​.

It is assumed that the website of the "Radio Reactivation" Programme will match teachers who want to present it to their pupils (students) - together with radio amateurs across our country, providing their time and equipment for a class. A class can be conducted by teachers as well by radio amateurs.

In order to make the venture successful and for ensuring its nationwide impact, it is important that volunteers inform sufficiently in advance about their willingness to help.

The "Radio Reactivation" Programme is a non-profit initiative, i.e. nobody collects any property intended for business, or applies for funding from any organisations, associations, foundations and other groups - formal and informal ones.

The "Radio Reactivation" Programme is represented as a venture to other organisations and legal entities by its initiative group consisting of the following persons: Paweł Włodarczyk SQ5STS, Ryszard Labus SQ9MDD, Jerzy Wróbel SQ5NPW, Tomasz Zagóra SQ5OBU, Tomasz Wawer SQ5RIX, Andrzej Chałubiec SP9ENO, Michał Grzesiczak SQ7JZI, Jacek Kotowski SQ5LNO and Hubert Anysz SP5RE.

You are cordially invited!!!

Kids Day experiences of Piotr SO9DXX

Piotr SO9DXX, currently 12 years old, received his Novice license one year ago in February 2012 when he was 11 years old. His interest in amateur radio had been aroused by his father SP9UPK.  Read the interview with Piotr about his experiencse of last Kids Day, which was held on 6 January 2013. 

What was your Kids Day location?
I prefer field activity, I went with my daddy by car to the nearby Protected Landscape Area “Wzgorze Doroty” (Dorothy Hill – eng.). It is just 365 meters above sea level with a  wonderful view. We did set up our equipment on the hill .

What was your favourite QSO during Kids day?
I remember a QSO with a Russian station RA3PCI, because we talked with Sergiusz in my native language. I am also very satisfied with RTTY QSO on 30 meters band with Marek SP3GVX, probably the propagation was not so good in this day due to the short distance - his signal was very low but the QSO was ok.  

How was Kids Day?
Kids Day is a really cool event for having fun with Amateur Radio. It was a fantastic day to use the radio equipment which I prepared the day before together with daddy. In this year the weather was quite just about zero degrees Celsius and a small snow was falling down. I met lots of interesting people on the air and improved my skills, also English. 
Special thanks to my mum for delicious cake and hot chocolate.    

You are also a member of the radio club SP9YFF, in what kind of activities are you participating with your club and what do you like about the club?
In my spare time, apart from schoolwork, I participate in the main club activities such as working from castles, national and nature parks in the World Castles Award and WFF program. I like being in the nature. Trying to make wire antenna’s with my dad, making QSO’s with the antenna’s and being active in the field area.

Besides Kids Day and your club, in which way are you active with the radio hobby?
Apart from club activities I try a little DX-ing, my goal in this year is to have 100 countries from the DXCC-list confirmed. I would also like to start learning Morse code.