YOTA in the Americas currently sponsors two 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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Youngsters on the Air, our inspiration and partner in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (IARU Region 1), has responded to the cancellation of YOTA events with a new program - YOTA Online! This program is for young hams WORLDWIDE. We want to encourage our young hams in the Americas to participate. Young people will be presenting on a variety of topics, and there will be prizes as well. The link to join YOTA Online sessions will be posted on the Youngsters On the Air website and social media. The sessions will be recorded and streamed on the Youngsters on the Air YouTube channel. And, it's FREE!
For more information about YOTA Online, check out the Youngsters on the Air website.
Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest
A group of young hams have started a weekly contest on SSB Monday evenings (Tuesdays in UTC time at 0100Z). Check it out at https://wwsac.com. All hams can participate, but the contest is run by youth and there is a youth category.
ARRL Foundation Scholarship Application Window Now Open
Applications for the 2021 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between October 1 and December 31, 2020. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section, or state, and license class.
Applicants should review the scholarship descriptions and check off the ones for which they are eligible. If you complete an online application, you must also email a PDF of academic transcripts from your most recently completed school year by January 11, 2021. Some scholarships require additional documents to be submitted (e.g., letter of recommendation from an officer of an ARRL-affiliated club). Applications not accompanied by transcripts and additional documents, where applicable, will not be considered.
The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2021 via USPS mail and email. For more information, visit the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.
Source: ARRL.org - October 1, 2020
Youth on the Air camp is coming to the USA! Rescheduled for July 11-16, 2021
Check out our camps page for details about YOTA Camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15-25 living in the Americas!
The 2020 camp has been rescheduled due to COVID-19. The camp will now be held July 11-16, 2021.
Check out the YOTA Americas Summer Camp announcement on Ham Nation!
Check out a full hour about Youth on the Air camp on the Linux in the Ham Shack podcast from January 27, 2020!
It's a YOTA Summer!
Since Youth on the Air camp was postponed until 2021, we’ve added some BONUS events that you can do from home for 2020! Even though these events are over, you can still watch some of them online!
Virtual YOTA Day - Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2-8 pm EDT
Watch the Virtual YOTA Day replay on YouTube here.
Congratulations to all of the competition winners from Virtual YOTA Day!
Kees, W0AAE & Elin TF2EQ
Virtual Fox Hunt Competition
Elin, TF2EQ, Michael, W3MLJ, & Cassandra, K1GTC
Collect the Numbers Competition
Michael, W3MLJ & Emma, VE3EHT
DX Engineering Door Prizes $100 Gift certificates
Michael, W3MLJ & Charles, AA4LS
Grand Prize ICOM IC-7300
The grand prize was donated by R&L Electronics.
Special Event Station W8Y
During the week of June 21-26, when the camp was supposed to take place, we had a special event station on the air! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 took turns operating as W8Y throughout the week from the station of their choosing.
Field Day Club Entry
If you operated Field Day from your home station, you can add your score to a club for this year only. Enter “Youth on the Air” as the club name on your Field Day score entry. This is for ALL hams who are age 25 and younger.
Field Day W8Y Remote
Some of our youth operated Field Day from a remote station.