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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2021 Camp Registration Has Begun!

See the Cincinnati 2021 page for the link to registration!  The deadline is March 21, 2021 at 2359Z.

Projected Camp Timeline:

Mid February, 2021 Pre-Registration for Previously Accepted Campers
February 28, 2021 Pre-Registration Ends
March 1, 2021 Application Period Opens for New Campers
March 21, 2021 Application Period Ends
No Later than April 1, 2021 Camp Acceptance Emails Sent
April 15, 2021 Acceptance Responses Due, Final Decision for COVID expected
May, 2021 Forms and $100 Deposit Due
July 11-16, 2021 Youth on the Air Camp – West Chester Twp, Ohio

HamCation Youth Forums

The Orlando HamCation had an entire forum track dedicated to youth in amateur radio on February 13!  Be sure to check it out!  And, YOTA Americas was one of the forums.  If you missed it, tune in here to find out the latest news about YOTA!


December YOTA Month Sets New Records

Youth-operated amateur radio stations in the western hemisphere contribute 14,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event celebrating youth in amateur radio during the month of December.

December YOTA Month 2020 was a great success in the Americas! Twenty-four operators under the age of twenty-five utilized special event callsigns to promote youth in amateur radio here in the Americas.

Click here to read more!

NEW! Awards added

The December YOTA Month team is pleased to announce a few things:

We are able to provide awards for ham radio operators as well as SWLs from now on.
While nothing has changed for the on air contacts between YOTA special event stations and radio operators, SWLs can log their heard QSOs directly on our event website.  SWLs have to register themselves on our website to be able to obtain their awards. If you don’t have an official SWL callsign yet – no worries!  You can also use your nickname to obtain the awards in bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Furthermore, SWLs can request QSL cards on our website soon as well.  You will have to enter the heard QSO data to a form and we will be happy to provide you a card as requested.
To get the requested card(s) you have to have your own SWL callsign and be a member of a national society and its QSL service, though.

Moreover, we are offering 7 different wooden plaques after the DYM activity in the following categories:

  • Most stations contacted (CW)
  • Most stations contacted (SSB)
  • Most stations contacted (DIGITAL)
  • Most stations contacted
  • Best overall score OM
  • Best overall score YL
  • Best overall score Youngster

Only one plaque will be awarded per entry.
A station winning a plaque will not be considered for a sub-area award; the plaque will be awarded to the runner-up in that area.

If you are the station who contacted the most stations overall, you cannot be considered for most stations contacted (CW, SSB, DIGITAL) as well as best overall scores anymore.
This applies to all categories.

The DYM team will announce the winners based on the award calculation on the YOTA Social Media Channels as well as contact them via their email address (as on QRZ.com) after January 20th 2021. If there is no response by the winning ham within 7 days after the announcement, we will shift the plaque to the runner-up in that area due to missing shipping details.

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.

See our press release announcement and the 2021 camp page for more information.

YOTA Online

NEXT SESSION (#10): Gone Exploring: WWFF, IOTA, SOTA February 25 @ 1900Z

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.

Youtube – https://youtu.be/6xKnd2UN9z0
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/hamyota
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hamyota/live/
Instagram – Check the livestream within the story

Hiram Percy Maxim Award Nominations Open (USA)

The Hiram Percy Maxim Award is the premier honor for a radio amateur and ARRL member younger than 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of amateur radio activities. Nominations must be made through your ARRL Section Manager, who will forward nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2021. Nomination forms and supporting information should document as thoroughly as possible the nominee’s amateur radio achievements and contributions during the previous calendar year.

Source: ARRL.org  January 4, 2021


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