Youngsters on the Air (YOTA)


The Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) programme is an IARU Region 1 initiative aimed at engaging youngsters in amateur radio, as well as supporting amateurs under the age of 26.

The YOTA programme is jointly led by Lisa, PA2LS and Tommy, ON2TD, and organises a number of projects, including YOTA Month, the IARU Youth Contesting Programme, and the YOTA summer event—which is held in a different IARU Region 1 country each year.

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YOTA Month 2018

YOTA Month takes place each December, encouraging youngsters to experience amateur radio and get active on the air.

It gives them the opportunity to experience practical elements of the hobby, such as antenna building, ARDF, understanding the fundamentals of propagation and gaining an understanding of basic electronics.

Each IARU member society is encouraged to organise special event stations within their country, identifiable by a call sign with a YOTA suffix. In the UK, schools, clubs and youth organisations take part, each one hosting the call sign for one or several days.

YOTA Summer event 2018

This summer, the RSGB sent a team of young people to YOTA 2018 in South Africa.