Youth on the Air Camp in the USA announced

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  1. WB9VPG

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    Youth on the Air Camp Coming to IARU Region 2

    The first camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America is coming to West Chester, Ohio in June, 2020.

    WEST CHESTER, Ohio, November 13, 2019—A summer camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25 will take place June 21 through June 26, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, according to an announcement today by the Youth on the Air (YOTA) committee in IARU Region 2. The camp is being hosted by the museum and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA).

    The camp, a modified version of the popular Youngsters on the Air camps in IARU Region 1 covering Europe and Africa, is operated by Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS). EARS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and activities. IARU Region 2 covers North, Central and South America.

    The camp will focus on building peer & mentor relationships and learning how to take amateur radio to the next level. Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related subjects, such as Radio Contesting, Electronic Kit Building, D-STAR, APRS, Satellite Communications, Building Antennas, and Radio Direction Finding and Orienteering. Campers will also build teams and contesting skills by using amateur radio at nearby Kings Island Amusement Park. A high altitude balloon launch is also being planned. Social and team building activities include a pizza and pool party, a trip to Dave & Buster’s and operation of a special event station using the call sign W8Y.

    The event is a pilot for what hopefully will become a future series at other locations. This is the first camp specifically for youngsters 15 to 25 living in the Americas who already have their amateur licenses.

    This camp could not take place without financial and equipment support. Campers will use the latest and greatest amateur radio equipment courtesy of ICOM America, Heil Sound, X-Tronic, and R&L Electronics. Major financial supporters at the time of this press release include: the Yasme Foundation, the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Orlando Hamcation and Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC), the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), Dayton Hamvention and Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), the Huntsville Hamfest, the ARRL Foundation, Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA), Radio Amateurs of Canada, and Gary West, K8DEV & Dee Dee West, KA8DXE. Their financial support makes it possible for these aspiring young amateur radio operators to attend the camp at a greatly reduced cost.

    Clubs and individuals who wish to donate to help further defray the costs of the camp can do so via PayPal by visiting, and clicking on the donate button. Donations can also be made on GoFundMe.

    More information about YOTA in the Americas as well as the summer camp can be found at, and on YOTAregion2 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. is also sponsored by ICOM America.

    To schedule interviews or obtain additional information about YOTA in the Americas, please contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at .

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  2. K8KSU

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    Fredricksburg, TX - November 14, 2019 - The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, Inc. (WWROF) has issued a grant to the organizers of Youth (YOTA) on the Air in IARU region 2, to support a summer camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25. YOTA 2020 Camp will take place June 21 through June 26, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, according to an announcement yesterday on Ham Nation.

    WWROF Chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, explains, "We're glad for this opportunity to support a pilot project that will become the first of a series of much needed camps held at various sites throughout the Americas. Supporting YOTA 2020 Camp is consistent with WWROF's mission, by helping to improve the operating skills of those who are new to ham radio."

    To learn more about YOTA 2020 Camp, watch the archived episode of Ham Nation or visit the YOTA website.

    About WWROF

    The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation is a non-profit, donor-supported organization dedicated to improving the skills and fun of amateur radio operators around the world by utilizing education, competition, advancement of technology and scientific research, promoting international friendship and goodwill. WWROF sponsors radiosport events, provides the infrastructure for log submission, log checking, and other services in support of many popular radio contests. Please visit for more information.

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  3. K7JOE

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    Congratulations and I look forward to this activity !
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  4. AE7XG

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    I would like to find some thing closer to Boise Id. This Looks and sounds wonderful for younger people.
    I know I started CW in Boy Scouts. Passed 5 wpm in 1978 For My Novice ticket. Rock on..
  5. K1RET

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    What a great way to keep our youth interested in the hobby and promote it.
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  6. KB9CFH

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    When you do the radio direction finding, think about the ARDF style of FOX HUNTING. Especially the 80 meter transmitters and receivers. There are 3 styles now for 80 meters. the Classic 5 fox hunt. The 10 fox and spectator and finish beacon sprints for smaller areas. And the FOX-ORING that can be combined with an ORIENTEERING Training group. All this along with the 5 FOX 2 meter Classic hunt. Just THINK of ALL those transmitters and receivers in the hands of energetic young competitors.
  7. WB9VPG

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    We are doing fox-oring on 80m.
  8. WB2UDC

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    Such great news! I'm happy with the choice of the site. A great deal of history exists on that land. I had such a great visit to the site, I even wrote an article about it in CQ Magazine. The club will be a great resource for the camp. Kudos to YOTA for doing a such a great service for the hobby.
    73, Bob Hopkins WB2UDC
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  9. W2BDN

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    WB9VPG, Can I get permission to use your release in our newsletter? Tnx Jon Englert W2BDN, President, Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association
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