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
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
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 […]
‘YOTA 2018 was a mind-blowing experience’ – This was the comment from the participants who represented 23 countries in Europe and Africa
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
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!
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!
The Market Reef light house is located low-to-the-sea where waves are often rolling over the entire DXCC entity. With no jetty, landing can be hazardous with small zodiacs often being pushed hard by the sea. Life at the lighthouse is plain and simple with all participants sharing the daily duties. But pileups are never ending when the OJ0C callsign hits the air-waves
South African Technology site MyBroadband reports on the upcoming Youngsters On The Air event being held in August
Thirteen-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH, of Palm Coast, Florida, will be the only representative of International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) camp this summer in South Africa. Faith Hannah has mounted a GoFundMe campaign to cover expenses.“When I was chosen to go to…
Faith Hannah AE4FH is a thirteen year old amateur radio operator who has been invited to represent the United States at the 2018 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Event in South Africa
Congratulations to the young radio amateurs who have been chosen to represent the UK at YOTA 2018 in South Africa this summer. Peter Barnes, M0SWN will be the UK team leader, whilst Benjamin Chalmers, M0NBA, Nathan Prentice, 2I0NTP and Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ will form the UK team. On their return they…
The SARL reports that South Africa will host 80 young Radio Amateurs from 34 countries in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, for a week-long international event from 8 to 15 August 2018. This is the first time that YOTA (Youngsters-on-the-Air Summer Event) is presented in South Africa and…
YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and his local clubs based in Rome Region, organizes from June 21st to 24th in Montecassino – central Italy area around 100 km south of Rome – a YOTA Subregional Camp, with up to 40 youngsters to share a great experience. We invite all youngsters…
Youngsters on the Air 2018 (YOTA) takes place from 8 to 15 August 2018 in South Africa, hosted by the South African Radio League. Applications are now invited from any one aged between 15 and 25 to join Team UK and go on this amazing amateur radio adventure. RSGB is also…
YOTA, as you know, is expanding its horizons more and more from this year onwards and we are glad to announce our first YOTA IARU R1 sub-project! It’s called Nordics On The Air (or NOTA for short) and will be hosted by SSA. NOTA is essentially going to be a camp for young radio amateurs…
The RSGB was proud to host Youngsters on the Air 2017 and is celebrating both that international event and YOTA month by releasing its final YOTA video. It is an overview of the fabulous range of amateur radio activities, achievements and events enjoyed by the 80 youngsters from 27 different countries who came to Gilwell…