Our Goal

Youth on the Air is a program for and by young amateur radio operators in the Americas, closely modeled after the Youngsters on the Air program in IARU Region 1 (Europe,  Africa & Middle East).  The goal of the program is to build skills and foster lasting friendships and mentors with younger hams.  This web site and our social media sites are connecting places for groups and events like YARC, YCP,  and other activities for young hams.

The YOTA camp planning committee in the Americas began in March, 2019 and is funded through Electronic Applications Radio Service (EARS), Inc., an Indiana and 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to education and service through wireless technologies.  Donations made to EARS go directly to fund YOTA camp expenses, and are eligible to be tax deductible.  Check with your tax professional. A receipt with the appropriate tax ID numbers is available upon request.

Press releases can be found here.

2022 Youth on the Air Americas Camp Planning Working Group

Adam Johnson, Assistant Director 2022



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Neil Rapp

Camp Director 2021-2022

Neil Rapp, WB9VPG has been a chemistry teacher and the sponsor of high school radio clubs for 28 years.  Neil was at one time the World’s Youngest Ham, licensed at age 5 in 1976. He upgraded through to Advanced by age 9, and Extra at 20.  He became the youngest member of QCWA in history at age 29. Neil is currently teaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky.  Prior to moving to Northern Kentucky in 2021, Neil taught at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Indiana where he guided the radio club to international recognition for their contesting efforts.  He is the 2021 HamCation Carole Perry Educator of the Year, 2004 ARRL Professional Educator of the Year, the 2014 Indiana Radio Club Council Amateur of the Year, and a graduate of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology I and II. Neil is a member of several organizations, including ARRL, AMSAT, QCWA, Southern Indiana ARA, Northern KY ARC and the West Chester ARA. He also brings youth camp experience with over 15 years of service as a faculty or staff member at summer church camps and basketball camps.  Neil is an anchor for Amateur Radio Newsline, the Next-Gen Contesters contributing editor for the National Contest Journal, a member of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) US Education Committee, and the host of his own live webcast show, Ham Talk Live!.


Sterling Mann

IARU Region 2 Youth Liaison

Sterling Mann (formerly Coffey), NØSSC, is from St. Louis, MO. Sterling is currently an avionics antenna design engineer in St Louis.  Sterling became a ham at age 16, is one of the former youth editors at ARRL, and has his own YouTube channel about ham radio. He is a 2014 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he was the president of the WØEEE Amateur Radio Club. His degree is in electrical engineering with an emphasis in electromagnetics.  Contesting is Sterling’s favorite ham radio activity, but also enjoys portable and remote operation, QRP, kit building, as well as advocating for the young people in amateur radio. Sterling is the current president of the Young Amateurs Radio Club, better known as YARC. He is also the IARU Region 2 Organization's Youth Liaison. He attended YOTA camp in IARU Region 1 in the summer of 2016, held in Austria.

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Jocelyn Brault


Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX (and VA2VRX) first became interested in ham radio as a boy scout. He became licensed in 2013, and now holds an extra class license. He is a technical analyst and systems administrator with Vertical Solutions in Cincinnati. He was a scout leader, and is now a radio merit badge counselor, a mentor with VEX robotics, past president of the West Chester ARA, and a member of the Dayton ARA, Ohio Valley Experimenter Club, and the Greater Cincinnati Builders Group. Jocelyn volunteers at the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting, where he is the IT director and organizes and conducts youth events.  He is the proud father of Chris, KD8YVJ, the 2015 Hiram Percy Maxim Award winner, a member of the 2017 Youth DX Adventure to Costa Rica, and the 2020 Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award recipient.

Sam Rose

Sam Rose


Sam Rose, KC2LRC, is from Syracuse, NY. Sam was first licensed in June 2003 at the age of 13. He studied electrical engineering at Clarkson University, where he was president of Clarkson's radio club, K2CC, from 2010 through 2012. He started his career doing engineering and data/performance analysis work on the C Speed LightWave Radar, a next generation S-band air traffic surveillance radar. He now supports phased-array radar systems at Lockheed Martin. Sam is an avid contester, works satellites, public service events, IRLP, restores radios, and enjoys special events such as balloon launches, ISS retransmissions, and weird contests. Since he started ham radio at a young age, he’s particularly interested in introducing ham radio to youth and young adults.  He also attended YOTA camp in IARU Region 1 in the summer of 2016, held in Austria.

Support Staff

YOTA Month Coordinator:  Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO  |  yotamonth@youthontheair.org

Assistant YOTA Month Coordinator:  Kees Van Oosbree, WØAAE | yotamonth@youthontheair.org

Social Media Chair, Assistant to the Director:  Christopher Brault, KD8YVJ  | social@youthontheair.org

Travel Chair, LoTW:  Marty Sullaway, NN1C  |  travel@youthontheair.org

Paper QSL Manager:  Kees Van Oosbree, WØAAE |  qsl@youthontheair.org

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Webmaster & Media Relations: Peter Fujisawa, KE8MPK | pr@youthontheair.org

Youth on the Air Camp 2021 is now an IARU Region 2 Organization supported activity.