(The Photo Gallery you will find below the story)
An inquiry at District 3 meeting in Sundsvall
At the District 3 meeting in Sundsvall on March 9, 2013, SMØDZB/Tore asked if any amateur radio club in the third district could organize a youth camp. There was silence in the room for a while but then SM3FJF/Jörgen said that he could investigate the possibility to arrange a youth camp on Holmstagården in Utanede, QTH for SI9AM.
OK to SSA
After several phone calls between SM5BJM/Johan, SMØDZB/Tore, SM3GDT/Hans and SM3FJF/Jörgen, Jörgen said OK to arrange a youth camp on Holmstagården.
An initial proposal how to arrange the camp with estimated costs were presented to SSA, who approved the proposal and Jorgen continued the planning of an youth camp.
Leaders and lecturer
SM3FJF/Jörgen contacted SM3ESX/Christer who is president of the Sundsvall Radio Amateurs, SK3BG, and responsible for the Amateur Radio education in the club and he said that he could talk about wave propagation as well as helping the youth to build a dipole antenna. SM3GDT/Hans promised to give lectures on how to be QRV on PSK31 and RTTY, he also ordered a number of kits so that the youth themselves could build their first own shortwave receiver. SM3PXO/Petter promised to give lecture on "Not only FM" on the frequencies VHF, UHF and SHF. Jorgen himself were going to talk about how to be QRV on the HF bands, how to call a DX station and how to run in a contest.
The seven youths who were asked to join the camp all accepted to take part of it. These young people met once at the club station SK3BG in Sundsvall and also via Skype to get information and give their suggestions of the program items.
From midsummer until the camp started, SM3FJF/Jörgen weekly sent a newsletter with details about the weekend camp.
July 19 is a great day for all Thais, they celebrates the King Chulalongkorn's visit in Utanede, which took place on July 19 in 1897. Also at the Thai Pavilion in Utanede there are big celebrations, including a ceremony from the entrance building to the pavilion and the statue of King Chulalongkorn.
This day SI9AM celebrate with open house at the Visitor’s Amateur Radio station. This day they also mounted two extra antennas for the youth camp SKØYT.
Purchase and transports
Already in the middle of July we began to buy some of the materials which were needed for the camp. SM3GDT/Hans bought eight kits from Conrad, with a Retro Radio Receiver for 2-9 MHz.
On August 4, SM3FJF/Jörgen and SM3LIV/Ulla made the first trip to Utanede with some stuff, it was ham radio equipment, antennas, cables, ropes, teaching materials, etc.
Wednesday and Thursday, August 7 and 8
On Wednesday, August 7, we began to buy food and on Thursday Jörgen and Ulla went to Utanede with the food, and more radio equipment. Cold and frozen food we bought at the ICA in Bispgården and placed it in refrigerators and freezers at Holmstagården. Jörgen prepared the education room and two places for the youth to work ham radio.
DAY 1 - FRIDAY, August 9, 2013
Early in the morning SM3GDT/Hans started his drive from Ljusdal to the youth camp in Utanede. SM3FJF/Jörgen traveled from his summer QTH in Indal. SM3PXO/Petter and his son SA3BXA/Magnus drove from Aspås. SA3CEG/Henrik from Alnön picked up his son SA3CEW/Anders in Älandsbro, who was at a scout camp. SM3CFO/Michael drove from Hudiksvall and picked up SA3CFL/Olav and SA3CAY/ Emil on Alnön. From Junsele drove Robin Isaksson to Hällgum where he picked up Fredrik Westin.
Between 10:00 to 10:30 am coffee was served. At 10:30 am SM3FJF/Jörgen and the district leader SM3GDT/Hans wished everyone welcome to SKØYTs youth camp in Utanede.
The first lunch was served at Älggårdsberget in Bispgården. The remaining meals were served at Holmstagården. An order of prepared food boxes for all the remaining meals had been done before the camp started and now they took the prepared food boxes to the camp.
Photographing in front of the Thai Pavilion
The first group picture was taken in front of the Thai Pavilion. SM3FJF/Jörgen made a short guided tour for the youths and the leaders and they were told a little about the Thai Pavilion and King Chulalongkorn’s visit in Sweden and his trip to Utanede with the Swedish King Oscar II in 1897.
On Friday afternoon SSA’s web master SM7DZV/Erik visited the youth camp, and he got the opportunity to take some photos for SSA´s website.
The first lesson (about one hour) was about how to work amateur radio on digital modes and how to log QSOs in a computer.
After that the youths were divided into two groups. SM3GDT/Hans showed and explained how to work PSK31 and RTTY for one group, and the other group had SM3FJF/Jörgen who talked about how to be QRV on SSB shortwave.
ES7YOTA and ES9YOTA
The sked with the Youth team in Estonia was a big highlight when all the youth at SI9AM worked the four Swedish youths who were on ES7YOTA in Estonia. It was a European youth camp with 60 young people from 15 countries and their leaders. Totally about 80 people.
In the evening the youths worked amateur radio on SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. The night light was turned off about 02:00 in the night.
DAY 2 - SATURDAY, August 10, 2013
Breakfast on Saturday morning
At 06:30 SM3FJF/Jörgen began to prepare the breakfast. A bit unusual to work in a big kitchen said SM3FJF/Jörgen. At 7:00 SA3CEG/Henrik came and help him to lay the table for the breakfast.
Wave propagation, antenna theory, building a dipole antenna
On Saturday SM3ESX/Christer arrived and the first lecture could start. Christer talked of wave propagation. After that the youths were divided into two groups. Half of the group builds a dipole antenna and the other group worked ham radio. SM3ESX/Christer helped the youths with the building and SM3GDT/Hans and SM3FJF/Jörgen explained and helped the youths to work ham radio.
The youths made a lot of simulations exercises to learn how to work a DX station on SSB. The simulation exercises were a perfect way to get a good start for their own call on a DX station.
All the youths had their own DXCC list and as soon as they worked a DXCC country they made note in their own DXCC list. They compared their DXCC lists and was happy every time they managed to run a new country.
Visitors on Saturday
During Saturday SM3GFN/Ingvar, SM3GHE/Nils and XV9TH/Torsten visited the youth camp. Also SA3BRX/Joel and SA3BPG/Markus who both are young people guested the youth camp.
Torsten wished the youths the best of luck in the future with their hobby.
SM3GFN/Ingvar borrowed the camera and helped Jorgen to take photos. SM3GHE/Nils who had sent two guys to the camp was very pleased to see that the guys were enjoying the camp and did a good job in spite that they had not taken the amateur radio license yet.
SA3BRX/Joel and SA3BPG/Markus invited the youths to join them when they were going to work the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC) on SSB, which takes place on October 12-13.
Sked with HSØAC
One highlight this evening was the QSO with the amateur radio station HSØAC which is the head quarter station for RAST, Radio Amateur Society of Thailand. The operator on HSØAC was HSØZDX/Tony and he did a very good job when he took the time to talk with all the youths and answer their questions. This was a fine memory for all the youths.
SM3PXO/Petter took responsibility for evening’s barbeque. He cleaned the grill and moved it to the terrace. SA3BPG/Markus laid the tables in the dining room. When SM3FJF/Jörgen said “Please take your seats” everyone was pleased to sit down and join the barbeque.
Building an own shortwave receiver
During the afternoon and the evening, the youths began to build their own shortwave receivers. A "Retro Radio Receiver" a shortwave receiver in the frequency 2-9 MHz. An exercise they did with great precision, while half the group was building the other half worked amateur radio from the three different radio places. They worked a lot of new DXCC countries and for every new DXCC country they could make a notice in their own DXCC-list.
They worked with only 30 watts on RTTY and PSK31 on a Diamond vertical antenna temporary mounted on the terrace.
At 02.00 in the night the lamps in the bedrooms were turned off.
Presentation of SK0YT weekend camp in Utanede on the web
SM3FJF/Jörgen took a lot of photos during the weekend camp and also some of the gust visitors used the camera when Jörgen was busy with teaching. Photos were sent to Sara, who is YL to SA5BJM/Johan, SSAs Youth Section Leader and also send to SM3LIV/Ulla. Both continuous published the photos on http://sk0yt.blogspot.se/ and on www.si9am.se.
DAY 3 - SUNDAY, August 11, 2013
The youths thought it were a very early morning when they one after one came to the breakfast. They were tired but ready for a new day.
At 08.00 SM3FJF/Jörgen made a brief summary and answered some questions which had come up during the days.
At 08:45 SM3ESX/Christer and SM3EFS/Lennart arrived. Already in June the youths wished to learn more about SDR-Radio (Software Defined Radio). Now SM3ESX/Christer held a lecture about it, which was much appreciated.
The last lecture during on this camp was "Not only FM", and it was SM3PXO/Petter who talked about wave propagation and also about CW and SSB QSO traffic on VHF, UHF and SHF. Also this lecture was much appreciated and now they have got more knowledge about frequency space and amateur radio traffic on the higher frequency.
Help in the kitchen
SM3EFS/Lennart did a good job in the kitchen. He washed the dishes, made coffee to the first break for the day, laid the tables and warmed up the food for the last meal this weekend.
After lunch, all youths gathered in one room and the leaders in another room for an evaluation of the weekend camp.
The last hour everyone cleaned up the hall, the toilets and bedrooms on the upper floor and the radio rooms and the conference room on the lower floor. The camp ended at three o'clock in the afternoon with a group photo of the youths. On the picture you can see how the youths leaves the camp.
The way forward in life - with AMATEUR RADIO in the backbone.
Some citation from the youths evaluation about SKØYT:
• Holmstagården - Good, nice environment, lot of space
• Good food, the coffee break intervals were very good planned so that
there was no time to become drowsy
• The Web – Funny that other people can follow what's going on!
Good to show that there was activity
• We liked to be divided into two groups
• Fun with sked QSOs and to work the Estonia camp!
• Simulated QSOs was good for us that needed practice radio talking
before we worked on the bands
• Good to learn about wave propagation on HF, VHF, UHF, SHF
• Like to learn more about of antennas
• Fun with the guided tour at the Thai Pavilion
• DXMAPS.com was good
• The information about running split was very good
• Not so good with early mornings?
• Good that there was a lot of technology
• More lessons about antenna theory
• More time to work QSOs
• To build a receiver was fun
• Fun with a SSA shirt (but check the size before)
Statement from the youths
A big thank you to SSA. We are very satisfied. The leaders have done a great job. Fantastic and nicely planned and performed.
In the gallery below you can see what the young people did during the weekend.