Between July 16 and July 23, 30 teams (114 youngsters) will be active with the call sign OE2YOTA!
IARU Region 1 is once again operating a YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) Summer Camp for young Amateurs from IARU R1 countries (Europe, Africa). The sixth Youngsters on the Air week started on Saturday, July 16 with over 100 youngsters from 30 Region-1 member societies, including an IARU Region-2 team from the United States and a team from South Africa.
The YOTA week is being hosted by the Austrian member society, OeVSV at Wagrain in the Austrian mountains. OeVSV is proudly celebrating their 90th anniversary.
The goal of YOTA is to welcome new and young Amateur Radio operators to our beautiful hobby. We live in a world where communication is being digitalized in a way that we almost can’t keep up with. In times like this it’s important to convince people about the importance of our hobby. Together with other youngsters all around the world, we can make the difference and give our hobby the future it deserves!” – from the YOTA website
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.
Some activities are SOTA, COTA, propagation in an ice cave, constructing a homebrew HF antenna and using the antenna for a SOTA station, working with a Raspberry Pi and making a WSPR beacon or using it with DV4mini for digital voice, HAMNET (Amateur Radio and Internet network) and the famous inter-cultural evening where everyone brings food and drinks from their home country.
On Monday July 18, at 10:25 UTC, there will be a telebridge ARISS contact with astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, which will give the youth an unforgettable experience. More information and live updates of the event are available at www.ham-yota.com/austria/.
If you would like to make a QSO with one of the youngsters, listen for OE2YOTA which will be on air on most bands using several different modes.
Source: Southgate Amateur Radio News