YOTA Month 2019 event participation in the Americas
Thanks to everyone who participated!
For QSL and award information, go to events.ham-yota.com.
The awards and QSL program for this special event is sponsored by IARU Region 1 YOTA (Europe/Africa/Middle East). They are sponsoring an award for working YOTA stations all around the world.
In the USA:
and in Chile:
YOTA Month a Success in the Americas
Youth-operated amateur radio stations in the western hemisphere contribute 12,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event celebrating youth in amateur radio during the month of December.
December YOTA Month 2019 was a great success in the Americas! Eighteen operators under the age of twenty five utilized special event callsigns to promote youth in amateur radio here in the Americas.
Here in the US, we reserved 4 1x1 special event callsigns: K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A (Y O T A). 15 youth operators across the US rotated these calls throughout December. They made 10,474 QSOs using SSB, CW, digital modes, and satellites. Some operators used the callsigns during contests such as CWops CWTs, Phone Fray, FT Roundup, and the RAC Winter contest.
We asked US operators for their favorite aspect of YOTA Month. Mason, KM4SII said, “Operating wise - it was definitely the pileups…I love a good pileup. Apart from that, it was great getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby. Even though we weren’t physically working together, we all got to be part of the YOTA program over the air.” Audrey, KM4BUN says “My favorite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our experiences. Me and my brother both were wonderfully surprised every time we got a call back from a fellow youth who was eager and excited to be there. It gives us hope to know the future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.”
In Canada, David VE7DZO signed VE7YOTA. He made 458 QSOs on CW. He said, “My favorite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth activity.”
Mathias, CE2LR of Chile activated XR2YOTA. He even met another youth operator from Chile, Manu CA3MPR, through YOTA month. They made 1,535 QSOs on CW, SSB, and digital modes. Mathias said, “It was great to meet Manu CA3MPR and work many friends.”
Youth from the Americas had lots of fun spreading the word about youth in amateur radio and made 12,467 QSOs in the process. The event was a great prelude for the first ever camp to be hosted in the western hemisphere in June.
--Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO
YOTA Month Americas Coordinator
Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO coordinated the efforts of the seventeen operators and the logs for the US stations. “I learned much in the during the month about the importance of teamwork and communication...just like baseball,” Bryant said about his role as coordinator. “I think YOTA month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of QSOs during December.” As part of his responsibilities, Bryant also managed Logbook of the World accounts for the US stations, the QRZ.com pages for all the callsigns, maintained an operator schedule, worked with YOTA month manager Tomi, HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA camp committee in the Americas.
Globally, almost 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 callsigns, all operated by hams under the age of 26. 2,569 operators (both youth and non-youth) requested and received an award based on the number of YOTA contacts made as of January 14. Statistics are available at events.ham-yota.com.
-- Neil Rapp, WB9VPG
YOTA Camp Director 2020
Jack, KM4ZIA operates AO92 during a shift as K8Y from the McElroy home near Atlanta, GA, USA
Tunisian amateur Khalil Bouzemmi, who met Faith Hannah, KD3Z at the South Africa YOTA camp in 2018, stopped by the Lea family home in Florida on Christmas Day to operate K8O.
Bryant, KG5HVO was on Ham Nation on December 4 talking about December YOTA Month! Check it out. (starts at 20:03)
Click here for the press release for stations in the Americas.
To see the spots on DX Summit of all YOTA stations, click here.
The entire month of December several youth operators will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youth to be active on the ham radio waves.
Give a demonstration in a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up. Let us all show this great hobby to the world!
Feel free to make a QSO with the youth ops, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, so be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.
These are a few of the many stations participating in this initiative.
More info on https://events.ham-yota.com
The US special event callsigns will be used by the following operators: NN1C, K6JO, AA4LS, N4ETC, KN8U, KM4LAO, KD8YVJ, KM4SII, KM4BUN, W0AAE, KJ3T and KG5HVO. All of these operators are under 26 years old. We plan on rotating the callsigns throughout the month. We will be QRV on SSB, CW, and digital. K8Y will also be on satellites.
VE7YOTA will be operated by VE7DZO.
XR2YOTA will be operated by CE3LR.
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- Bronze: achieved 15 award points
- Silver: achieved 35 award points
- Gold: achieved 65 award points
- Platinum: achieved 105 award points
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