The 74 delegates to the Youngsters of the Air (YOTA) South Africa 2018 gathering held in early August in South Africa enjoyed what one participant called “a mind-blowing experience.” As the event drew to a close, the event’s patron, Gary Immelman, ZS6YI, reminded the participants that they are Amateur Radio’s future…
“You are the future of Amateur Radio”, YOTA 2018 Patron, Gary Immelman, ZS6YI told YOTA 2018 delegates in his address on the last evening of the event that is now heralded worldwide as the best ever
The SARL Council at its meeting on Tuesday evening 21 August, appointed Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN as the new SARL Hamnet National Director
Today was our final day of activities and we started off the day going to Dinokeng Game Reserve. Yes, we were going on safari! Safari We got up at a more respectable time of around 7am, which compared to the balloon launch, was a long lie-in! Plus the weather was quite nice and nowhere near […]
Our final day Most of the day was spent packing our bags and getting ready to leave the hotel. Our flight was a little later in the day, so we had some time to talk to others and say a proper thanks to the organisers for putting on such a brilliant event. After we got […]
QSX Unveiling and Kit Building Today was one of the most rewarding days of the week. It was the grand revealing and build of Hans Summers’ new QSX kit, which is an amazing radio. We started off the day with an introduction into the radio and its specifications, which can be found at the following […]
Trips to local companies Our penultimate day of activities included two group outings, one to a local PCB manufacturer, Bosco. Their website can be found at: http://www.bosco.co.za/ The second group went to a military company, GEW, which specialises in direction finding and radio jammers. Their website can be found at: http://www.gew.co.za/ Myself and Peter went […]
Can you imagine? 23 teams, from all over Africa, Europe and USA travelled to South-Africa to take part in the annual Youngsters On The Air event
Kletskous on BACAR 6 worked perfectly on the ground while being assembled in the train of BACARSats to prepare for launch on a high-altitude balloon and for a short period while ascending on the balloon. Then suddenly the transponder switched off
Balloon Launch at Secunda Today was one of the highlights of the week, apart from the horribly cold weather and early start! We woke up at the very early time of 4:00am and stumbled onto the bus for 4:30am. The early morning was not helped by the freezing temperatures outside, but we all went in […]
South Africa’s national amateur radio society SARL reports the communications regulator ICASA has been quick to act in a case of interference to the amateur bands from an inverter
BaCAR Activity Our second day of activities began with a BaCAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio) introduction. We were briefed on the main goals of BaCAR and told that we would be building our own cube to send up as a payload, tied onto a high-altitude balloon. This was very exciting, and we were divided up […]
Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, reports from the YOTA Camp in South Africa, that about 20 youth members from the Camp made their first satellite contacts
YOTA 2018 hosted by the SARL got off to a great start. Young radio amateurs from 23 countries arrived throughout Wednesday until late into the night but were eager to get started on Thursday morning
South Africa’s SARL News report the ILLW takes place over the weekend of 18 and 19 August and, according to the entry list, Namibia has two lighthouses registered and South Africa has thirteen lighthouses registered for the event
We set off for South Africa just after 2200hrs, and enjoyed our pleasant 11 hour flight to Johannesburg! We started bumping into fellow attendees while queuing for customs. We were greeted by a large welcoming reception, and driven to the fantastic Kopanong hotel a few miles from the airport Software Defined Radio We started off […]
With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7 day programme filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots of fun!
The event will be held in the beautiful central region of Gauteng at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre easily accessible from the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
All teams and participants will be met at the airport with a traditional South African welcome and be transported to the venue.
Being in the Southern hemisphere and August in Gauteng, it will expectantly be a mild winter with sun-filled days with day time temperatures in the low 20 degrees C and will be a “pseudo-Summer” camp for the overseas visitors.
The week will offer many opportunities to learn more about amateur radio and getting to know fellow amateurs from various other countries.
Highlights planned for the week include learning about SDR technology with your own SDR dongle, build a mini CubeSat and experience launching it as well as tracking it into near space on a high altitude balloon. Learn about Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) which is in essence amateur radio on the move and build a QRP HF transceiver kit.
A visit to a game reserve to view the Big Five including some cultural experiences like a traditional braaivleis in an open-air boma and operate the ZS9YOTA special events station.
The theme of “Train the Trainer” will be explored, to enable participants to return to their home countries, equipped and inspired to organize and promote radio amateur activities to other youth groups or ultimately starting a youth group.
Should you have any specific questions about travel arrangements, documentation or any other specific information, please do not hesitate to ask, we are happy to assist: email@example.com.
The Events Team will keep participants informed in the next newsletter to be released soon. In the meantime bring your laptop, and if a licensed radio amateur your hand held radio and a copy of your amateur radio license.
We are looking forward to welcoming all teams in August this year!
Group of Radio Amateurs will be active as ZS9V, from Robben Island, IOTA AF-064, 17 – 20 August 2018.
With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL YOTA Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7-day programme filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots of fun!
Congratulations to Magda Swart, ZS6MMS, who has become the second YL in South Africa to achieve 100 points for activating summits
The SARL Newbie Party is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become active and the first leg takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 7 July 2018 with phone activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres
The ZS5 Sprint is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in KwaZulu-Natal and radio amateurs in Southern African countries and will be run from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC on Sunday 1 July 2018
Lucas Swart, ZS6ACT, has made arrangements that the SOTA team of Sid, ZS5AYC and Adele, ZS5APT Tyler and Lucas, ZS6ACT and Magda ZS6MMS Swart will be activating two summits in the Sani Pass area over the weekend of 28 June to 1 July
The SARL Top Band QSO Party is a fun activity to promote contacts on 160 metres between radio amateurs in Southern African countries and to encourage radio amateurs to apply for the South African Radio League Top Band Award and it takes place from 00:00 UTC on Thursday 21 June to 00:00 UTC on Monday 25 June 2018
South African Technology site MyBroadband reports on the upcoming Youngsters On The Air event being held in August