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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YOTA Camper Leah, KD9LFZ wins IC-705

Congratulations to the winner of an ICOM IC-705 during YOTA Camp 2021, Leah, KD9LFZ! Thanks to R&L Electronics for giving away a great radio to one of our fabulous campers!

CQ Worldwide Contest Adds Youth Category

CQWW has created a new YOUTH overlay that will be available to all competitors who are 25 years old or under. The Cabrillo overlay format will be CATEGORY-OVERLAY: YOUTH. In support of this change, Youth overlay entries will be highlighted in the results (as is currently done for Classic and Rookies). In addition, plaques will be available for the winners.

See the CQWW Blog for their announcement.

YOTA Camp Photo Gallery

The official Youth on the Air 2021 Americas Camp photo gallery is now online at Google Photos.

Youth on the Air Camp Highlights Slideshow

Youth on the Air Camp Highlights - Friday

Youth on the Air Camp Highlights - Thursday

Youth on the Air Camp Contacts the International Space Station

YOTA Americas Opening Ceremony

Did you miss the opening ceremony for the 2021 YOTA Americas Camp?  No worries!  You can watch it below.

NAQP Adds Youth Designation

North American QSO Parties to Recognize Young Contester Entries

To encourage young operators in radiosport, the National Contest Journal (NCJ) will recognize their entries in the NAQP contests beginning with the North American QSO Party (NAQP) CW and SSB contests in August 2021. Following the lead of Youth on the Air (YOTA) in Region 1 (ham-yota.com) scores from YOTA-qualified operators (all youth 25 years old and younger) will be highlighted in the results.

A "Youth operator" check box will be added by 3830scores.com and on the NAQP log upload app.  Initially, the Youth operator designation will only apply to single-operator entries.  This is not a separate category – all of the scores will compete for awards in the regular single-op category.

3830scores.com will display the Youth-operator scores in an overlay to the single-operator group.  NAQP line scores will note the Youth operator scores and a separate table of these scores will be included in the results and referenced in the NCJ “NextGen” column by WB9VPG.

NAQP CW Manager: Chris Hurlbut, KL9A
NAQP SSB Manager: Bill Lippert, ACØW
NAQP RTTY Manager: Mark Aaker, K6UFO
NCJ Editor: Lee Finkel, KY7M


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