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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YOTA 2021 Americas Camp Registration Will Proceed as Scheduled!

See the Cincinnati 2021 page for the link to registration!

The long-awaited Youth on the Air Camp in the Americas is scheduled to proceed during the planned dates, July 11 through July 16, 2021.  For more information, click here.

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 Priority Application Period Ends; Applications Continue for Waitlist
No Later than April 1, 2021 Camp Acceptance Emails Sent
April 15, 2021 Acceptance Responses Due, Final Decision for COVID expected
May 2, 2021 Forms and $100 Deposit Due
July 11-16, 2021 Youth on the Air Camp – West Chester Twp, Ohio

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 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 17, 1000-2159 UTC
3rd round: December 30, 1200-2359 UTC

We hope to hear you on the air!

NAQP Adds YOTA 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 25 years old and younger will be highlighted in the results.

A "YOTA operator" check box will be added by 3830scores.com and on the NAQP log upload app.  Initially, the YOTA 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 YOTA-operator scores in an overlay to the single-operator group.  NAQP line scores will note the YOTA 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

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.

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!

YOTA Online

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


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