IARU Region 1 is again operating a YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) Summer Camp for young Amateurs from IARU R1 countries (Europe, Africa). This year, Region 1 has invited IARU Regions 2 and 3 to each send two young Amateurs to be part of this special event.OE_v008_300

The goal of YOTA is to welcome new and young Amateur Radio operators to our beautiful hobby. We live in a world where communication is being digitalized in a way that we almost can’t keep up with. In times like this it’s important to convince people about the importance of our hobby. Together with other youngsters all around the world, we can make the difference and give our hobby the future it deserves!” – from the YOTA website

The host for the YOTA 2016 Summer Camp is the Austrian Amateur Radio Society OEVSV as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations. The camp will be held near Salzburg from July 16-23. About 110 young hams between 15 and 25 years old from 27 countries have been invited to spend one week of holiday in the Austrian mountains, with Amateur Radio activities and workshops, the opportunity to improve their skills in electronics and contesting, and most importantly, share the ham spirit, building bridges in the international friendship of the Amateur Radio Service.

All of the costs of accommodation, food, workshops and excursions for the YOTA 2016 Summer Camp are included, with only a token registration fee of 25 Euros. Participants will be picked up at either the Salzburg Airport or train station. Participant travel costs to Salzburg are not included.

This is great opportunity to make YOTA a true worldwide initiative! Interested Canadian Amateurs aged 15 to 25 should contact RAC International Affairs Officer, George Gorsline, VE3YV, at  for more information.

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