December YOTA Month Sets New Records
Youth-operated amateur radio stations in the western hemisphere contribute 14,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event celebrating youth in amateur radio during the month of December.
December YOTA Month 2020 was a great success in the Americas! Twenty-four operators under the age of twenty-five utilized special event callsigns to promote youth in amateur radio here in the Americas.
NEW! Awards added
The December YOTA Month team is pleased to announce a few things:
We are able to provide awards for ham radio operators as well as SWLs from now on.
While nothing has changed for the on air contacts between YOTA special event stations and radio operators, SWLs can log their heard QSOs directly on our event website. SWLs have to register themselves on our website to be able to obtain their awards. If you don’t have an official SWL callsign yet – no worries! You can also use your nickname to obtain the awards in bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
Furthermore, SWLs can request QSL cards on our website soon as well. You will have to enter the heard QSO data to a form and we will be happy to provide you a card as requested.
To get the requested card(s) you have to have your own SWL callsign and be a member of a national society and its QSL service, though.
Moreover, we are offering 7 different wooden plaques after the DYM activity in the following categories:
- Most stations contacted (CW)
- Most stations contacted (SSB)
- Most stations contacted (DIGITAL)
- Most stations contacted
- Best overall score OM
- Best overall score YL
- Best overall score Youngster
Only one plaque will be awarded per entry.
A station winning a plaque will not be considered for a sub-area award; the plaque will be awarded to the runner-up in that area.
If you are the station who contacted the most stations overall, you cannot be considered for most stations contacted (CW, SSB, DIGITAL) as well as best overall scores anymore.
This applies to all categories.
The DYM team will announce the winners based on the award calculation on the YOTA Social Media Channels as well as contact them via their email address (as on QRZ.com) after January 20th 2021. If there is no response by the winning ham within 7 days after the announcement, we will shift the plaque to the runner-up in that area due to missing shipping details.