Youth on the Air Camp 2021 On the Air and Online

Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to be On the Air and Streaming Selected Events Online

The first camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America will operate special event station W8Y throughout the camp from July 11-16, 2021, and will stream the opening and closing ceremonies and International Space Station contact on YouTube.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, June 27, 2021—The long-awaited Youth on the Air Camp in the Americas is almost here!  Campers will be operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, as well as the camp hotel.

Activation of the W8Y callsign will begin the evening of Sunday, July 11 and conclude at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16.  Youth will operate the station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.

In addition, dedicated HF station operating times will be: Monday, July 12 from 0100Z to 0330Z; Tuesday, July 13 from 0000Z to 0330Z and 1800Z to 2130Z.  Dedicated satellite station operating times will be: Thursday, July 15 from 1400Z to 1700Z and Friday, July 16 from 1500Z to 1700Z.

The opening and closing ceremonies and the International Space Station contact (ARISS) will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, July 11 from 2100Z to 2230Z, and will feature keynote speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR.  The closing ceremony is Friday, July 16 from 1700Z to 1800Z. The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.

The ARISS contact is currently scheduled to take place on either Thursday, July 15 at 1416Z or Wednesday, July 14 at 1503Z.

For details about the camp, download the brochure from the web page at

For additional information, please contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at