Youth Amateur Radio Thrives in Hungary

October 13, 2023


Youth amateur radio is alive, well, and thriving in Hungary.

The final day of the YOTA Hungary 2023 camp saw participants embarking on a culturally enriching expedition from Győr to Budapest. The youngsters, divided into groups, explored iconic landmarks like the gothic Matthias Church and the 19th-century Liberty Bridge, with the journey fostering a delightful blend of learning and camaraderie. This adventure, culminating in a vibrant celebration, encapsulated the essence of YOTA’s (Youngster’s On The Air) initiative, blending educational exploration with the joyous spirit of international friendship.

How does the engagement in YOTA activities foster international camaraderie and potentially broaden the participants” global perspective?

Tomi Varro ( HA8RT-Hotel Alpha 8 Radio Tango), a devoted member of the Hungarian Radio Amateur Society and the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group articulates the transformative experience YOTA extends to its young participants, spreading the joy of amateur radio.

Highlighting the essence of cultural exchange, Varro shares, “As these participants are coming to a real-time, they may only have the impression of their society, but they meet a lot of different cultures, a lot of different people… this intercultural mingling interests their thinking as well. And we also show them new things during the lectures and in the afternoon activities. So, when they get home, they have a new experience, and they can possibly use this in their careers.”

Article by James Kent

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