YOTA Month 2020

We’re preparing for YOTA Month again which takes place in December 2020. This will be the seventh year that the Society has taken part in this incredible event, aimed at getting youngsters from all over the world active on air for a month of radio fun!

The RSGB has taken part in YOTA Month since 2014 and sees it as an integral part of the Society’s Strategy 2022 as we aim to grow and develop amateur radio, supporting and encouraging active participation in the hobby.

Who is this for?

Normally we would encourage large youth groups, schools, scouting associations and amateur radio clubs to participate and get youngsters involved. However due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be encouraging large group events. We hope smaller groups will be able to participate in the event, whilst remaining within government guidelines.

If you are a parent and have a Full licence, this year you can reserve the call sign for young operators in your family to use. This will be the safest way for them to get involved and on the air. Otherwise, other radio amateurs could invite a young operator into their social bubble or perhaps support remote operating, within licensing conditions.

When can I host the call sign?

We are using the call sign GB20YOTA this year and it will be available for Full licence holders to book an appointment slot within a set calendar.

The calendar will be available on the GB20YOTA QRZ.com page – take a look and choose when you would like to operate.

All operations should have the intention of getting young people on the air so all operators should be aged 26 years or under, as defined by the IARU Region 1 Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) programme.

How can I get involved?

To register your interest or to reserve an operating slot please send an email Jamie M0SDV: yota.month@rsgb.org.uk

You will need to include your name, club or organisation, call sign to be associated with the activation (must be a Full licence), as well as some information about what you’re planning and a copy of your full amateur radio or club licence for verification.