Monday, June 5, 2017

Young Hams From Europe, Africa and Asia to Gather in England

Eighty young amateurs from 30 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia will spend a week together in suburban London next month at the annual IARU Region 1 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event. According to the Radio Society of Great Britain, which is sponsoring this year's gathering, activities will include a special event station, a contact with the International Space Station, kit-building, antenna building, a hidden transmitter hunt and a Summits on the Air activation. 

This is the seventh annual YOTA summer gathering, which takes place in a different country each year. Participants are all age 25 or younger. This year's event will be held at Gilwell Park outside London, the headquarters of UK scouting. The group will include two amateurs from Japan. In addition, the ARRL Letter reports that the YASME Foundation has provided grants to cover the expenses of two young amateurs each from Ethiopia, Tunisia and Kosovo. YOTA UK 2017 is scheduled for August 5-12.