YOTA in the Americas currently sponsors or participates in three events for young hams each year:
- YOTA Summer Camp for ages 15-25
- December YOTA Month special event for ages 0-25
- YOTA Contest for all ages with a bonus for ages 0-25
We also promote other youth activities in the Americas on our site. If you know of one we don't have listed, please let us know!
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Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc. will be administering the scholarships listed below for the upcoming academic year, ranging from $500 to $20,000 each. All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a valid US or foreign amateur radio license
- Be enrolled, or have been accepted for enrollment, at an accredited university, college, or technical/trade school
- Applicant must submit a recent transcript covering their most recent school term
- Applicants who attend a school located outside of the United States must enclose a brochure describing the school
Go to https://www.farweb.org/far-overview/scholarship-information to apply! The deadline to apply is April 30.
APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2023 YOUTH DX ADVENTURE
The Youth DX Adventure team will be returning to Curacao at contest station PJ2T. If you are a young amateur operator between the ages of 12 to 17 (flexible), you are encouraged to apply!
This year's trip will be July 13-18. Due to the partial overlap of dates with YOTA Camp, a schedule for on-air contacts between YOTA and YDXA is being planned.
There is no cost to the youth and parents.
Youth wishing to participate to operate and gain international travel experience and education as well as those who wish to donate should visit the YDXA website at qsl.net/n6jrl for instructions.
Source: Jim Storms, AB8YK
Young Ham Lends a Hand Contest
The “Young Ham Lends a Hand Contest” is accepting nominations until April 1, 2023. The winner will receive a $100 stipend and will be announced at the Youth Forum at Hamvention.
Carole Perry WB2MGP is the director of The Radio Club of America (RCA). She states that, “We want to reward a young ham who has volunteered to help an elderly person, a military person, his or her community somehow or a young ham actively involved with recruiting other young people into ham radio.”
For those interested in applying, Carole Perry WB2MGP requests the following information be emailed to her at email@example.com.
Name and call sign
Home number and/or cell number
Please describe the reasons why this nominee is deserving of the award.
YOTA encourages young amateurs to apply!
YOTA Contest 2023
The YOTA Contest is back for its third run!
Three (3) more YOTA Contest sessions are coming up in 2023. Lots of participants enjoyed the 2022 sessions already and thus we hope to get even more people involved into the events this year.
The upcoming three sessions will be taking place on the following days:
1st round 22nd April 2023 0800 – 1959 UTC
2nd round 22nd July 2023 1000 – 2159 UTC
3rd round 30th December 2023 1200 – 2359 UTC
So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest? Everyone in the ham radio community can take part; it takes place three times per year and only lasts 12 hours. Its aim is to increase youth activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program, and demonstrate the support for youth across the world.
8 different categories have been implemented which also include special ones for youth (≤ 25 years old) only. Covering the 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m bands, the competition will take place in CW and SSB modes.
The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the contest.
Contacts between the same continent are worth 1 point. Working DX is worth 3 points, but the most points will be achieved by working youngsters. The younger the operator, the more points one will get for the QSO.
During the past year we have received several rule translations into various languages. A big thank you to the contributors! So, if you are not that fluent in English, check them out here.
If you have any further questions after reading through the rules, please go to the FAQ page to see if your question has been answered already. If you still have a question, feel free to drop the YOTA Contest Committee an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are happy to reply.