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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Youth on the Air camp is coming to the USA!  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!

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

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

Date Change for July YOTA contest

YOTA is proud to announce a new YOTA themed contest!  The contest will be in three rounds, and will use CW and SSB.  The contest is open to ALL amateurs, but YOTA stations will be worth more points.  See all the details here:  https://www.ham-yota.com/contest

The dates will be:

1st round: May 22, 0800-1959 UTC
2nd round: July 18, 1000-2159 UTC   (CHANGED - FORMERLY JULY 17)
3rd round: December 30, 1200-2359 UTC

We hope to hear you on the air!

Newsline Young Ham of the Year Nominations Open

The Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award nominations are now open though May 31, 2021.  Nominations are open to licensed radio amateurs age 18 or younger in the USA and Canada that have made a significant contribution to amateur radio.  Download the nomination form here.


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