Wednesday, March 10, 2021

YOTA Groups Moving Ahead Cautiously on Events; YHOTY Nominations Open

The American Youth on the Air (YOTA) group accepted applications for its Covid-delayed summer camp for a three-week period in March, but was waiting until sometime in April to announce whether this year's camp would be held as scheduled in mid-July. If all goes as hoped, up to 30 campers between the ages of 15 and 25 will spend six days doing ham radio and other activities at the National Voice of America Museum outside Cincinnati.

Across the Atlantic, the Region 1 YOTA program was continuing to schedule youth activities for later in the year but reviewing each planned event on a case-by-case basis as efforts continue to end the Covid pandemic. According to the ARRL, program officials will try to make decisions at least four months prior to a scheduled event, based on national requirements for pandemic control in host countries.

Speaking of young hams, nominations are now open for the Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) award. Hams 18 and younger, living in the U.S., its possessions or Canada are eligible for the recognition. Nominating materials are available at <> and must be submitted by May 31. The award will be presented at the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama this August. As of press time, the Huntsville Hamfest committee was planning to hold the event as scheduled. (CQ is a corporate co-sponsor of the YHOTY program.)