YOTA Camp Americas 2022 was a success!
Did you miss the live streams and daily highlight videos from this year's camp? No worries! We have you covered. Check out our 2022 Camp playlist on YouTube:
Applications are now closed.
Check back in March for information about the 2023 camps!
Applications completed by March 1 and first time attendees will be given priority.
We will accept applications through May 1, 2022.
Applicants must be licensed amateur radio operators residing in North, Central, or South America between the ages of 15 and 25. We welcome ALL hams in our region who meet these requirements. Applicants outside of the USA and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested in attending a YOTA Camp?
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
- Mid and High Altitude Ballooning - Launch a balloon to near space and track it with APRS
- Kit building - Learn basics of electronic kit building
- 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.
Projected Camp Timeline:
|February 11, 2022||Application Period Begins|
|March 1, 2022||Priority Application Period Ends|
|No Later than March 15, 2022||Camp Acceptance Emails Sent to Priority Applicants|
|April 15, 2022||Acceptance Responses Due|
|May 1, 2022||Forms and $100 Deposit Due; Application period Ends|
|June 12-17, 2022||Youth on the Air Camp – West Chester Twp, Ohio|
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Our Major Sponsors and donors
Platinum - $5000 - $9999
Gold - $2500 - $4999
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.