Amateur radio event to be hosted in South Africa

The Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event will be hosted in South Africa in August, with 80 young people from 34 countries taking part.

YOTA is the most prestigious event on the International Amateur Radio Union Region One (IARU -R1) youth calendar.

It brings together young radio amateurs who have a passion for radio and technology to learn new skills and share ideas about amateur radio and its future.

The week-long programme includes:

  • Building a radio transceiver kit.
  • Launching and tracking of a high-altitude balloon with various radio equipment onboard.
  • Honing their communication skills using multi-frequency amateur radio stations and other technology.

South African Radio League president Nico van Rensburg said amateur radio has been recognised as an ideal motivator for young persons to consider careers in electronics and communication.

“It is significant that countries that have the largest electronic industries also have the largest number of radio amateurs,” said van Rensburg.

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