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The following is a report by Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO and Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, on the “December YOTA month 2019” from the Americas during which Youth-operated Amateur Radio stations in the western hemisphere contributed 12,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event.

December YOTA Month 2019 was a great success in the Americas! Eighteen operators under the age of 25 utilized special event call signs to promote youth in Amateur Radio here in the Americas.

Here in the US, we reserved four 1×1 special event call signs: K8Y, K8O, K8T and K8A (YOTA). Fifteen youth operators across the US rotated these calls throughout December. They made 10,474 QSOs using SSB, CW, digital modes and satellites. Some operators used the call signs during contests such as CWops CWTs, Phone Fray, FT Roundup, and the RAC Canada Winter Contest.

We asked US operators for their favourite aspect of YOTA Month. Mason, KM4SII, said, “Operating wise – it was definitely the pileups… I love a good pileup. Apart from that, it was great getting to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby. Even though we weren’t physically working together, we all got to be part of the YOTA program over the air.”  

Audrey, KM4BUN, says “My favourite part of YOTA month was getting the wonderful experience of talking to other youth all over the world and sharing our experiences. Me and my brother both were wonderfully surprised every time we got a call back from a fellow youth who was eager and excited to be there. It gives us hope to know the future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of these great kids.”

In Canada, David, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA. He made 458 QSOs on CW. He said, “My favourite part was seeing all the YOTA stations on the air throughout December and seeing all the high energy youth activity.”

Mathias, CE2LR, of Chile activated XR2YOTA. He even met another youth operator from Chile, Manu, CA3MPR, through YOTA month. They made 1,535 QSOs on CW, SSB and digital modes. Mathias said, “It was great to meet Manu, CA3MPR, and work many friends.”

Youth from the Americas had lots of fun spreading the word about youth in Amateur Radio and made 12,467 QSOs in the process. The event was a great prelude for the first ever camp to be hosted in the western hemisphere in June.

Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, coordinated the efforts of the 17 operators and the logs for the US stations.  “I learned much in the during the month about the importance of teamwork and communication… just like baseball,” Bryant said about his role as coordinator. 

“I think YOTA month was a great success considering the short amount of time we had to plan this all out. I had a lot of fun operating this event, but it was even more rewarding to see other youth here in the Americas make tons of QSOs during December.”  As part of his responsibilities, Bryant also managed Logbook of the World accounts for the US stations, the pages for all the call signs, maintained an operator schedule, worked with YOTA month manager Tomi, HA8RT, and reported in to the YOTA camp committee in the Americas.

Globally, almost 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all operated by hams under the age of 26. 2,569 operators (both youth and non-youth) requested and received an award based on the number of YOTA contacts made as of January 14.  Statistics are available at