YOTA in the Americas currently sponsors or participates in three events for young hams each year:
- YOTA Summer Camp for ages 15-25
- December YOTA Month special event for ages 0-25
- YOTA Contest for all ages with a bonus for ages 0-25
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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Applications for the 2024 Youth on the Air Camp are now open!
Licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25 who want to attend are encouraged to apply. The camp is scheduled to take place July 7 through July 12, 2024, at the Mount Saint Vincent University campus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
For the best chance at being selected, applications should be submitted by 2359Z on January 15, 2024.
For more information and to apply, visit the Halifax 2024 Page.
YOTA Month Special Event Returns
Amateur radio operators ages 25 and younger will be on the air as special event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations will be on all bands and modes at various times. QSL and award information is at events.ham-yota.com.
In the United States this year, the callsigns will once again be K8Y, K8O,
K8T, and K8A. Argentina will be active as LR1YOTA, Canada as VE3YOUTH,
VE2YOTA, and VA7YOTA, and El Salvador as YS1YOTA. Amateur radio
operators should be encouraged to listen for and contact these stations as
well as all callsigns ending in the letters “YOTA” across the globe.
YOTA Contest 2023
The YOTA Contest is back for its third run!
Three (3) more YOTA Contest sessions are coming up in 2023. Lots of participants enjoyed the 2022 sessions already and thus we hope to get even more people involved into the events this year.
The upcoming three sessions will be taking place on the following days:
1st round 22nd April 2023 0800 – 1959 UTC
2nd round 22nd July 2023 1000 – 2159 UTC
3rd round 30th December 2023 1200 – 2359 UTC
So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest? Everyone in the ham radio community can take part; it takes place three times per year and only lasts 12 hours. Its aim is to increase youth activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program, and demonstrate the support for youth across the world.
Check out the rules (in many languages) here.
If you have any further questions after reading through the rules, please go to the FAQ page to see if your question has been answered already. If you still have a question, feel free to drop the YOTA Contest Committee an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are happy to reply.
Applications for the ARRL Scholarship Program are now open!
The ARRL Foundation manages more than 100 scholarships established by generous donors ranging from $500 to $25,000.
The 2024 scholarship cycle opens at 9:00 am (Eastern Standard Time) on October 30, 2023 and will close at 12:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on January 10, 2024.
All applicants must be an active, FCC-licensed amateur radio operators. (Note: Active foreign amateur radio operators will be eligible for the ARDC Scholarships.) All applicants must submit a completed online application. Transcripts and any additional required documents must be submitted WITH the application and not emailed separately. A number of scholarships also require additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation from a sitting Officer of an ARRL-affiliated club.
Applications without accompanying transcripts and additional required documents (if applicable) will not be considered.
Scholarship recipients will tentatively be notified by early June 2024 via USPS mail and email. Awards are mailed directly to recipients' schools and will be awarded in early July 2024
For more information and to apply, visit the ARRL Scholarship Program
Source: ARRL.org, November 6, 2023