Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017

YOTA UK 2017The RSGB Youth Committee is delighted to announce that the bid to host the IARU Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 summer camp was successful.

We are proud to be hosting this prestigious international event at Gilwell Park, the UK Scouting HQ, from 5-12 August 2017.

What is it?

It’s a fantastic chance for young people to build relationships with like-minded people from other countries and develop international friendships through amateur radio.

Around 78 young people under the age of 26 from all over IARU Region 1 will come to the UK to take part.

There will be a week-long range of wireless technology activities including a special event station, a buildathon, antenna building, an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) contest and a Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation.

There will also be an opportunity to visit Bletchley Park—including the National Radio Centre—and the Science Museum, and to take part in some other non-radio activities such as kayaking, raft building and assault courses.

What support do you need?

We have already had offers of help from a number of clubs, including Loughton and Epping Forest ARS, Radio Society of Harrow, Camb-Hams and the Radio Scouting leaders from Gilwell Park.

The activity plan is taking shape but, if you believe you have any skills to offer during the event, please contact as soon as possible.

We’d be particularly interested to hear from young Members or Affiliated Societies who could lead an activity or talk that will educate and inspire the YOTA teams.

How is the event funded?

Running an event such as YOTA 2017 is not without some costs.

The IARU makes a significant contribution but we need to find the rest.

The RSGB is looking for supporters from the amateur radio community who wish to be associated with this event by helping financially.

Financial support of all sizes is welcome— if you’d like to know more please visit our donation site.

YOTA 2017 supporters’ pin

Click here to donateAll supporters who donate over £15 will receive one of our special supporters pins—see left—to reflect their support of youth activity in the UK.

The pin is 25mm across with a butterfly fixing making it ideal for attaching to clothing.

The YOTA 2017 logo is surrounded by a gold-effect band and the word ‘supporter’ is picked out in raised lettering.


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