Youngsters on the Air (YOTA)

YOTA IARU logos

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 ham-yota.com.

YOTA Bulgaria 2019 – applications now open!

The 2019 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp will be held in Bulgaria, close to the capital city of Sofia. The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will be hosting the event, which will take place from 11-17 August 2019. This is a chance in a lifetime for young RSGB Members to represent their country and national society. Find out more here.

YOTA Month 2018

YOTA Month takes place each December, encouraging youngsters to get active on the air and experience practical elements of the hobby. December 2018 saw the following stations in the UK hosting the GB18YOTA call sign:

Sandringham School Amateur Radio Club/Verulam Amateur Radio Club
Swansea Radio Society
Silcoates School
Hilderstone Radio Club
Southampton University Wireless Society
Durham & District Amateur Radio Society
RSGB’s National Radio Centre
Chelsea Pensioners Radio
Castle Rushen High School Radio Club
Chertsey Radio Club
Jamie Williams, M0SDV
Telford & DARS

YOTA Month 2018 at NRC

On 15 and 16 December the RSGB Youth Team activated the GB18YOTA call sign from the RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. Over the two days the team, consisting of Jonathan Sawyer, James Monahan, Peter Barnes, Rebecca Hughes and Ben Chalmers, made around 600 QSOs and also spoke to a large number of NRC visitors about why they were excited by and passionate about amateur radio.

The team managed to use the call sign on 20, 40 and 80m, making contacts across the world.

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.

The RSGB Youth Team would also like to extend their thanks to all of the NRC volunteers who supported them throughout the weekend.