Youth on the Air Camp 2021

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting

West Chester, Ohio (Cincinnati Metro North)

July 11-16, 2021 (postponed from 2020)

Click here for the Youth on the Air Camp 2021 Americas Photo Gallery

Want to watch the opening or closing ceremony? ARISS Contact? Daily Highlights?  Check out our YouTube channel!

Registration for 2021 is now closed.

Click here for the 2021 Camp Daily Schedule


Interested in attending a YOTA Camp?

Need more details about cost, housing, and more?  Download the 2021 camp brochure below.

Youth on the Air Camp is for already licensed amateur radio operators between the ages of 15 to 25.  Have a license, but you don't know what to do next?  Come to YOTA camp, and we'll teach you all kinds of cutting edge technology that can be used with amateur radio and connect you to other young hams and mentors in North, Central, and South America.  Already an expert?  We're looking for young hams to take their knowledge to the next level and share their previous knowledge with other young hams.

The camp will focus on building strong relationships with peers and mentors, and developing new radio skills.  The camp is being modeled closely after the popular Youngsters on the Air camps in IARU Region 1 (Europe/Africa/Middle East).

Some of the activities that are planned include workshops and hands on activities about:

  • Contesting - Learn how to operate from some of the top young contesters in the country, participate in an FM contest at an amusement park, and ways to practice with local contests
  • Digital VHF/UHF Modes - D-STAR: Get a D-STAR radio to use for the week, plus insight into how it works - APRS: Learn how to track stations and gather data using APRS
  • Kit building - Learn from world renowned builders by making your own receiver
  • Direction finding and orienteering - Learn how to track down signals
  • Antenna building - Learn how to make antennas from common household items
  • Satellite operations - Learn how to chase the birds with some of the best youth satellite operators
  • ...and more!

Campers will operate a special event station, W8Y, featuring cutting-edge HF and VHF/UHF radios that many only dream of having a chance to use... and a wide array of antennas.

Can you donate to our cause?

If you're "age experienced", you can help us get youth more active in ham radio.  Click here to donate to YOTA Camp via PayPal or GoFundMe at EARS, Inc, a 501c3 charitable organization that is sponsoring the inaugural camp located in the Americas.

Camp Details

How much does it cost? What language will be used?  Where will you stay?  Check out the informational flyer about the camp by clicking on the button below.

NOTE THIS CHANGE:  Due to flight availability difficulties, YOTA camp will be ending 2 hours earlier.  Camp is now dismissed at 2:00 pm EDT on Friday, July 16, 2021.  The airport shuttle to CVG, for those that are using it, will now leave the hotel no later than 2:30 pm EDT.  posted 5/19/2021

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

Press Releases

Click on the button for the press releases about YOTA Camp.

Our Major Sponsors and donors

Gary West, K8DEV and Dee Dee West, KA8DXE
Steve McGrane, KM9G

Thanks also for all the many other donors like YOU that have contributed as well!

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


Interested in volunteering? While we need plenty of volunteers for setup, upkeep, and tear down of the camp, we do have some requirements that we must follow for liability and safety reasons.  Visit our volunteer page for more information.  Background checks and youth protection training are required when working with campers.


Youth Protection Training

We are thankful for our partnership with Scouts BSA for providing the online Youth Protection Training program certification course for all of our volunteers.