YOTA in the Americas currently sponsors or participates in three events for young hams each year:

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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Visit Us at Hamvention!

See us at booth 4304!Photo of YOTA Booth at Winterfest

Come visit our booth, say hello, and find out more about Youth on the Air!  We're in the Volta building in the area formerly called "Ham Radio 2.0" (not the podcast).

In addition, behind our booth we have a small meeting area (booth 4303) where mini-forums will be offered on Friday and Saturday in cooperation with HamSci, ARISS, and other educational and youth oriented groups.

For more information and for the speaker schedule, click here!

Camp Applications for 2022 Now Closed

Host Being Sought for 2023

The Youth on the Air Camp leadership team is opening a bidding process for the next location of this fun and educational week-long summer camp event for licensed amateur radio enthusiasts ages 15-25.

Potential hosts should be able to schedule the camp between June 1 and August 15, 2023.  Meeting rooms, event space, and lodging will be needed for approximately 25 to 40 youth and 10 to 15 staff members for 6-7 days.  Additionally, outdoor spaces will be needed for some events. The camp also requires space for at least three HF stations and antennas to be on the air simultaneously. More details and a host application form are available in an information packet.

Organizations that are interested in being the 2023 camp host or would like to inquire about additional details should contact Assistant Director Adam Johnson, KD9KIS, at adam@youthontheair.org no later than June 30, 2022.

>>> Download the application form and info packet here! <<<

YOTA Americas Invited to YOTA Region 1 Camp in Croatia

The YOTA Working Group in IARU Region 1 and the Croatian Amateur Radio Association has invited up to four (4) participants from IARU Region 2 to attend their next camp, which will be held in Karlovac, Croatia.  The dates are August 6th through 13th, 2022.  Youth from the Americas who would like to attend must be licensed and between 15 and 25 years old.  The cost to attend is 25 euros and transportation costs to and from Croatia.  The deadline to apply is May 8, 2022.  For more information, visit YOTA Summer Camp Croatia 2022.

Collegiate Ham Radio Dinner at HamventionCollegiate Dinner at Dayton Hamvention Returns!

Join the annual Dayton Hamvention collegiate ham radio dinner on Saturday, May 21 at 6:15pm! It will be held at Bagger Dave's in Centerville.  Feel free to forward the invitation to others, and please RSVP on Facebook or to KD8RTT directly if you plan to attend. All are welcome! Details: fb.me/e/1LmAG63QR

Youth DX Adventure Set for Caracao

The Dave Kalter Memorial YDXA is a DX Adventure group that was formed in 2008 for taking young hams (and a parent) to a DX location to be the DX for several days. In the past we have been to Costa Rica TI5N, Curacao PJ2T, and Saba Island PJ6Y. Our mission each year is forming a team of youth between the ages of 12 to 17 (flexible) to travel outside the United States to operate as DX and to gain international travel experience and education. The group relies heavily on donations from Clubs, individuals, and organizations to help fund this effort. There is no cost to the youth and parent as we raise money through a raffle and the generosity of the amateur community.

This year (2022) we will be going to Curacao PJ2T and we have our team of 3 youth selected and ready for a great adventure.

The group owns their own equipment but travel, lodging and food costs are increasing. Our budget normally runs about $2500 per person and we have teams of 8-12. We do not divulge any amounts of donations and we do not have levels for our contributors. We do put your logo on our Website and our QSL cards. Please visit our website at www.qsl.net/n6jrl for instructions on mailing your donations.

We will have a booth at the 2022 Hamvention. Icom will be donating a radio such as the IC-705 that we will raffle off at the show. Please stop by and purchase a ticket for the Icom Radio. Thank you and we hope to see you in the log.

Best 73 Don N6JRL, Jim AB8YK, Ron N8VAR

Young Ham of the Year Award Nominations Now Open

Amateur Radio Newsline has announced that nominations for their Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award (YHOTY) are now open!  Nominees should be 18 or under, and be a resident and licensed ham in the continental USA.  To nominate a young person, go to https://www.arnewsline.org/2022-yhoty-form.


We are happy to announce that we will have three (3) more YOTA Contest sessions coming up in 2022 again. Lots of participants enjoyed the 2021 sessions already and thus we hope to get even more people involved in the events this year.

The upcoming three sessions will be taking place on the following days:


1st round | 21st May 2022 | 0800 – 1959 UTC

2nd round | 23rd July 2022 | 1000 – 2159 UTC

3rd round | 30th December 2022 | 1200 – 2359 UTC

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Youth on the Air camp 2021 is an IARU Region 2 Organization supported activity