Youngsters On the Air (YOTA) to Take Place In the UK:
The ARRL Letter
May 18, 2017
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Youngsters On the Air (YOTA) 2017 Summer Gathering to Take Place In the UK:
The seventh Youngsters on the Air (YOTA
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/yota-2017/) conference will take place
August 5-12 at Gilwell Park in England, the UK Scouting Headquarters.
Upward of 100 young radio amateurs younger than 26 from around the
world will gather for YOTA UK 2017 to participate in Amateur Radio
programs and workshops as well as cross-cultural exchanges and social
interaction. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB
http://www.rsgb.org) will serve as the host of the summer conference.
"Teams from across the world are getting ready to fly to the UK to take
part in YOTA 2017," said International Amateur Radio Union Region 1
Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders, PA2LS. "The team travelling the
furthest is from Japan -- we're looking forward to welcoming Seiya
Kato, JE1XUZ, and Riku Suda, JR2KHB." Leenders told ARRL that none of
the participants this summer would be from IARU Region 2, because more
applications were received than spaces were available. Two US radio
amateurs attended YOTA 2016 in Austria.Yasme Foundation grants will
allow two young radio amateurs each from Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Kosovo
to attend YOTA UK 2017.
"Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work
together across national borders and ethnicities in the best 'ham
spirit' of friendship," Yasme said in announcing the grant.
YOTA UK 2017 promises a week of wireless technology activities,
including a special event station, a build-a-thon, antenna
construction, an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF
http://www.nationalradiocentre.co.uk/ardf/) competition, and a
Summits on the Air (SOTA
http://www.sota.org.uk/) activation. There
will also be an opportunity to visit Bletchley Park
https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/ -- including the National Radio
Centre -- and the Science Museum
Several Amateur Radio clubs in the UK, as well as Scouting leaders,
will be assisting to make YOTA UK 2017 a success. YOTA reports that
Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, has confirmed that the plans are in place for an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS
http://www.ariss.org) contact during YOTA 2017 week in August. He
will be visiting Gilwell Park soon as part of the preparations, and the
ARISS team from the Principia mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake,
KG5BVI/GB1SS, will be available to run the contact in August.
The IARU and RSGB are providing the largest chunk of the funds needed
to mount YOTA 2017. Financial support
http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/YOTA-2017.html at any level is
welcome, the RSGB said, pointing out that all contributions will go
directly to YOTA 2017.
Last summer, 114 young people from 29 countries in IARU Region 1 and
the US gathered in Austria for the YOTA convention.
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