Youngsters On The Air 2018 logoThe following news item is courtesy of the Southgate Amateur Radio News:

Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, reports from the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Camp in South Africa, that about 20 youth members from the Camp made their first satellite contacts.

The group had launched a BACAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio) – a high altitude balloon with various radio equipment on-board to explore near-space.

While waiting for the data to return from the BACAR package, the YOTA group operated from grid KG43 on multiple satellites, ranging from SO-50, AO-91 and AO-92. “All the YOTA ZS9 members, who made their first satellite contact will receive the AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award” said Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director, Contests & Awards.

Thirteen-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, of Palm Coast, Florida, is the only representative of International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R-2) at the Youngster On The Air Camp 2018 this week in South Africa. The YOTA ZS 2018 Camp has 80 participants aged from 16 to 25, and from over 30 countries that have been invited to attend a fun-filled week of Amateur Radio from August 8 to 15.

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