Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) is an initiative of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia) that is designed to encourage youngster to become active in amateur radio.

YOTA (Youngsters on the Air) logo

Main YOTA activities

Each year, in December, the IARU runs YOTA Month during which amateur radio clubs throughout the region lay on activities to demonstrate amateur radio to young people and get them involved in a practical hands-on way. During the summer an International Summer Camp is organised which sees teams of five/six young licensed amateur radio operators from each country in the region gather together to have a week of fun, learning and experimenting with amateur radio related technologies.

YOTA 2017 International Summer camp

YOTA 2017 hosted by the RSGB at Gilwell Park

This year the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is hosting and organising YOTA 2017, the IARU’s International Summer Camp, at the national Scouts headquarters at Gilwell Park, London, from the 5th to the 12th of August.

In the run up to the event members of the RSGB’s Youth Committee have been touring the country visiting amateur radio clubs to promote the event and seek sponsorship to help make the event a great success and a shown the world what British amateur radio operators can do to support youth in our hobby.

Rebecca (M6BUB) – RSGB Youth Committee Representative

Rebecca Hughes (M6BUB), a member of the Quantum Amateur Radio & Technology Society (QuARTS), is the RSGB Youth Committee’s regional representative for the north west of England and she’s spoken to several clubs in the area to-date. Last night (5th April) she was at the Wirral Amateur Radio Society to talk to them about YOTA 2017 and the supporting of young people within the hobby more generally.

Rebecca presenting YOTA 2017 to Wallasey Amateur Radio Society

Just 18 years of age, Rebecca’s talk was very well received and she was supported by the RSGB’s Regional Manager, Kath Wilson, the District Manager for Greater Manchester and ex-RSGB President, Dave Wilson, and a representative from the RSGB’s Training and Education Committee, Derek Hughes (also a Quantum Technology Club member).

Find out more about YOTA 2017

If you’d like to know more about YOTA 2017 and how you can support it, please visit the RSGB’s web site for further details.