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Youngsters On the Air (YOTA) to Take Place In the UK:

from The ARRL Letter on 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 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 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 competition, and a Summits on the Air (SOTA activation. There will also be an opportunity to visit Bletchley Park -- 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 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 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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