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.

For further information about YOTA, visit

YOTA Month 2018

YOTA Month takes place each December, encouraging youngsters to get active on the air and experience practical elements of the hobby. This December the following stations in the UK will be hosting the GB18YOTA call sign:

Aberkenfig Radio Club (1st December)
Sandringham School Amateur Radio Club/Verulam Amateur Radio Club (3rd)
Swansea Radio Society (5th)
Silcoates School (6th)
Hilderstone Radio Club (8th)
Southampton University Wireless Society (12th)
Durham & District Amateur Radio Society (14th)
RSGB’s NRC (15-16th)
Chelsea Pensioners Radio (19th)
Castle Rushen High School Radio Club (21st)
Chertsey Radio Club (22nd-24th)
Jamie Williams, M0SDV (28th-29th)
Telford & DARS (30th)

YOTA Month 2018 at NRC

Encouraging young people to take part in YOTA Month activities is an integral part of the RSGB’s Strategy 2022 as we aim to grow and develop amateur radio, and to support and encourage active participation in the hobby.

We’re excited to be hosting the GB18YOTA call sign at the RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. We would particularly welcome youngsters (under the age of 26) to join us for this special event station. The NRC is a state-of-the-art radio station and licensed young people will be able to operate GB18YOTA, calling for stations and working pile ups. Unlicensed youngsters will be able to send greetings messages over the air and experience the thrill of talking to people from around the world.

So come and join in the fun on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, between 9.30am and 4pm. RSGB Members can get into Bletchley Park for free by downloading and printing up a voucher at details about admission and prices can be found at

Please note:
Licensed amateurs must bring their licence and photo ID. Under 16s must come with an adult, in accordance with Bletchley Park’s admission policy.

YOTA Summer event 2018

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