From ARRL de WD1CKS@WLARB to QST on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 20:36:09
December is Youngsters on the Air Month (YOTA Month). Listen for stations on the air with YOTA as the call sign suffix.
"The idea for this is to show the Amateur Radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands," said Tomi Varro, HA9T. "This is a great moment to show Amateur Radio to the world and to invite newcomers."
YOTA is primarily an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe and Africa) activity, but youngsters from the US in Region 2 (the Americas) have attended YOTA summer camps, which are held in a different country each year. Varro said both licensed and unlicensed youth will be making contacts. "Be helpful on the bands - maybe these young operators are just making their first ever contacts," he advised.
YOTA stations are, in general, operated by individuals 25 or younger. The operating event takes place for the entire month of December UTC.
As part of YOTA month, Bob Johnson, W9XY, and Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, will travel to Ethiopia to team up with the club at the Addis Ababa University, Institute of Technology and club station ET3AA. For more updates, visit YOTA's Facebook page.
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From ARRL de WD1CKS@WLARB to QST on Monday, November 11, 2019 18:06:11
The IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Mideast) Youth Working Group has announced that its December YOTA Month take place again this year.
"We would like to invite you to take part with a call sign with 'YOTA' in the suffix," the YOTA announcement said. "The idea for this is to show Amateur Radio to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands."
YOTA said December YOTA Month offers an opportunity to demonstrate ham radio to the world and to invite newcomers. Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible. The event will take place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31. - Thanks to YOTA