The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a newly developed program called “YOTA online”. In these monthly gatherings we will try to bring the YOTA feeling towards the online community and spread the word that there is youth in ham radio. A YOTA team consisting of active youngsters will present different topics, while answering questions from the community. There will also be a section where different recent YOTA event hosts will be able to present the highlights, while also giving participants the opportunity to share stories. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the group presenting. At the end of the event we will also do a prize raffle amongst all participants.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all planned YOTA events until September 2020 had unfortunately been cancelled or postponed. This included, for example, the Summer Camps in IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3, as well as Subregional Camps, Youth Contest Programs, and our presence at the HAMRADIO 2020 in Friedrichshafen. Taking this into account and the fact that lots of youngsters want to join YOTA activities each year gave us the idea to create an interactive format to gather youngsters online on a regular basis.
The first YOTA online event will take place on 28th May 2020 from 1800 UTC as a livestream and will take around one hour. The complete session will be recorded and available online at any time. Of course, the participation is free and open to anyone who wants to take part worldwide. We will share the link to the livestream one day prior to the event on our homepage and social media channels.
We hope to have the chance to welcome you in a few days during our YOTA online event!
YOTA online – 28th May 2020 1800 UTC