December YOTA Month 2017 registration started!

yotamonthWinter is coming to the northern hemisphere, summer is starting in the southern part. Which means it’s time again for December YOTA month! We encourage you all to take part using a callsign with YOTA in suffix. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves.
Do you want to participate? Register here before December starts.

ARISS contact with YOTA UK

We are happy to say that NA1SS is in the log of GB4YOTA. Watch the contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, a longer version is available here.


YOTA is this week in the UK, listen out for GB17YOTA

YOTA 2017 opening meeting

80 Youngsters from 26 countries will be enjoying an exciting week in the UK. A week full of ham radio and making new international friends. 

They are taking part in an interesting program, here a few highlights:
- Tuesday an ARISS contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli
- Intercultural evening where everyone brings food from their home country
- Kit building
- SOTA activity
- Visit to London, Bletchley Park and Ofcom
- Operating the station GB17YOTA, in all kind of digital modes, CW and Phone
- All youngsters will taking part in the UK foundation license exam

These daily diaries are giving a brief summary of the activities they have joined. Take a look.
Follow the youngsters on the RSGB and YOTA social media pages. 

IARU R1 Youth activities – HAM Radio Friedrichshafen

We are inviting you to join the International Youth Meeting:
Date: Saturday 15-7-2017
Time: 10.00
Place: Room Liechtenstein
- Welcome and short introduction of attendees
- Lecture of the youth contesting program at 9A1A, by HA8RT DK6SP OE3FTA
- Open mic, Share experience on youth activities. This is the moment to share your experiences on youth activities and to ask questions to other attendees.
As tradition we will end the meeting with a group picture

Youngsters On the Air
Members of the UK YOTA team will be in HAM Radio Friedrichshafen to receive the YOTA flag.
Everyone is invited to join on Saturday 15-7-2017, 15:30 hr, the flag ceremony.
The official YOTA flag will be handed over from the YOTA Austria 2016 team to the organizers of YOTA 2017.
We hope to see you at the RSGB stand!

Youth Contest Program – Young operators visit 9A1A in Croatia

YCP 9A1A 2017

For a while now the YCP (Youth Contest Program) event has been organized by the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) group, funded by IARU R1. It offers young hams under the age of 26 the opportunity to operate in a team during international contests from so called “Big Gun” stations around Europe. This includes the stations: ES5TV in Estonia, 4O3A in Montenegro, SK3W in Sweden or even 9A1A in Croatia. All levels of contest experience are accepted but a participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver. Also, the fun of contesting and the opportunity to learn new things about how to operate more efficiently in contests, are important points for the events success. This year three contests were announced on the webpage of YOTA to be in YCP 2017.

Youth Contesting Program (YCP) 2017

YCP contest ES5TV 2016

In 2017 the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of IARU R1 will be continued. Youth members from IARU R1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called “Top-Gun” stations. These young HAM’s will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team. A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.

Announced contest locations:
ES5TV ARI International DX contest (6-7 May 2017)
9A1A 9A1RBZ CQ M International DX contest (13-14 May 2017)
4O3A CQWW RTTY contest (23-24 September 2017)

Are you interested? Have a look at the YOTA website for more information.

Registration YOTA December month 2016 started

yotamonth2016During the month of December, several youngsters will activate call signs with YOTA as the suffix. The idea of this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active within the hobby! Consider giving a demonstration at a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up. Let’s show this great hobby to the world!

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever so give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby without getting impatient, we all remember our first contact.
Like previous years there will be a special award available for persons who worked several YOTA stations.

To apply for a YOTA callsign you need to follow some rules:

1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in the suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country. If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask you to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSOs must be sent as an ADIF file before 10th January 2017.
6- All QSOs must be made in December 2016.
7- This is NOT a contest; we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- Use the same YOTA callsign which was used in your country in the previous year(s)
*We are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*All applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2016.
Registration page:

A historical day, the first ARISS contact with YOTA


Today was a historical day for youth and amateur radio. In the Youngsters On The Air camp in Austria the first YOTA contact ever was made with the International Space Station. More than 100 young radio amateur from about 30 countries were attending this contact. 20 Of the young HAM’s had the chance to talk to astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. The contact was setup as a telebridge contact via VK4KHZ. 
The Austrian national television channel ORF made a video of the contact.

Check out the YOTA website for daily news flashes.