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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Intrepid DX Group Dream Rig Essay Contest

The Intrepid-DX Group has extended the submission deadline for its 2021 Youth "Dream Rig" Essay contest to November 15. Young hams age 19 or younger are invited to submit a two-page essay on how amateur radio can "evolve to remain relevant in the age of the Internet." Those who submitted essays last year are invited to do so again.

The winner will receive a new ICOM IC-7300 transceiver, as long as he/she agrees to use the radio on the air and not to sell or trade it for at least one year. Submissions should be in text or Microsoft Word files and should be emailed to <intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com> by November 15. Questions should be directed to <pauln6pse@gmail.com>. The winner will be announced on December 1.

Thanks to CQ Magazine for the announcement.


The Long Island CW Club has started up the next semester of online youth CW classes.  If you want to learn morse code, this is an excellent way to do so.  Classes are free, and available for grades K-12.  Beginner classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm Eastern on Zoom, and advanced classes on the weekend.  The group started on Long Island, but is open to students worldwide.

Operate the CQ Worldwide Contest 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.

Here are the rules updates and award list, featuring youth plaques!

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!

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 Contacts the International Space Station


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