YOTA Croatia 2022

The 2022 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp took place in Karlovac, Croatia in August. Hosted by the Croatian Amateur Radio Association (HRS), this multicultural event was attended by around 100 youngsters representing 24 worldwide teams from across IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3.

We sent a team of young RSGB Members to join in with the wide range of activities. Read about their experiences of YOTA Croatia.

Meet the RSGB Team

Dan McGraw, M0WUT (Team Leader)

Dan operating indoors

Dan, who lives in Cambridge, got into amateur radio at school and gained his Foundation licence at the age of 11. He now works as an RF Engineer.

His main interests are CW contesting and homebrew. He has been on several DXpeditions with Cambridge University Wireless Society, including ZC4UW where they worked 26k people in one week from Cyprus. He has presented on homebrew several times at the RSGB Convention. His current project is an SDR for the VHF and microwave bands.


Peter Barnes, M0SWN

Peter with hillside in the background

Peter is an Electronic Engineering graduate who first discovered amateur radio at school. Since then, the hobby has had a huge impact on his life, nurturing his love for all things electronics. He has been involved in ARDF, high-altitude ballooning, satellite communications, amateur television, contesting and much more.

Since attending the YOTA 2018 camp in South Africa, Peter set up radiotutor.uk to help those studying for their licence exams. He has also been involved with the RSGB Youth Team and in running the amateur radio society at Swansea University.

Hamzah Shah, 2E0HXS

Hamzah operating in the countryside

Hamzah from London gained his licence at the start of lockdown. Mostly operating outdoors, he says that amateur radio ticks all the boxes for him – the science, the social side, as well as the chance to enjoy some solitude and SSB on a summit.

He enjoys the practical side of the hobby, applying theory to the real world, be it antenna experiments or just observing the different phenomena like solar storms, greyline or meteor showers which cause propagation to change.

Povilas Dumcius, MW7DKV

Povilas headshot

Povilas is a 2nd year Engineering PhD student at Cardiff University. The focus of his research is on high-frequency surface acoustic wave devices for biomedical applications. His passion is to work with electronics, microcontrollers, communications systems, and attempt to understand the physics involved in the processes behind them.

A newcomer to the hobby, Povilas became interested in amateur radio after working with the Cardiff University’s Electronics Technology Society to develop a LoRaWAN telemetry tracking system for a model rocket.