December is YOTA Month

| August 15, 2014

December is IARU Region 1 YOTA month and the RSGB has arranged for clubs and groups to use the special Callsign G14YOTA—and its regional variations—on a rota basis.

The application process for the use of the special callsign has now been finalised and the application form is available here (1-page/51KB PDF).

There are only 31 allocations so applicants are asked to give three choices of date in an attempt to resolve diary conflicts.

There are some conditions attached to using the G14YOTA callsign and these are included on the application form and on the website.

The main one is the requirement to use the callsign to put Youngsters On The Air; anyone under the age of 26 is considered to be a youngster.

Events might be limited to club and group members or you might like to open the doors to scouting, guiding and cadet groups, or you might like to spend a day at your local school, college or university.

Applicants are encouraged to think about making the most out of the activation by including other activities, such as Morse demonstrations, ARDF hunts, WSPR beacon displays, listening to remote SDRs, use of Arduino or Raspberry Pi, etc.

RSGB will provide some promotional material, stickers, badges, etc.

You need to work quickly in sorting out your plans as applications must be submitted by Monday, 22 September.

A panel made up from the YOTA teams will then allocate the callsign in order to get the final list to Ofcom giving them two months’ notice of the first activation.

Where there are conflicts in application dates the panel will use the information on the application, and the geographical spread of applications to make their allocations; assuming clubs and groups apply, every region will have some activations.

For further details see RSGB Notices.

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