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 programme organises a number of projects, including YOTA Month, the IARU Youth Contesting Programme and the YOTA camps—which are held in a different IARU Region 1 country each year.

For further information about YOTA, visit

YOTA Month

December YOTA Month logo

YOTA Month takes place every December with the aim of getting young people across IARU Region 1 active on the amateur bands. UK clubs and individuals take turns to host the special GB YOTA call sign throughout December, encouraging youngsters to get on the air. The RSGB has supported YOTA Month for many years – take a look at our reports and photos

Boy holding up GB23YOTA certificate, sat in front of amateur radio equipment

YOTA Summer Camps

The YOTA Summer Camps are attended by small teams from across IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3. Typically with around 100 attendees, the camps are an amazing opportunity for young people to operate the latest amateur radio equipment, take part in construction activities and make international friendships.

The main theme tends to be planning for the future of the hobby and designing sessions to run back at home to inspire other youngsters.

We have sent teams to camps held in other countries and we also hosted the summer camp here in the UK in 2017. We created vlogs in the lead up to the event and recorded daily video diaries which you can see with a host of other information in that section of our website.

team members Peter and Hamzah operating outside for IOTA