by YOTA Team USA
The first camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America will operate special event station W8Y throughout the camp from July 11-16, 2021, and will stream the opening and closing ceremonies and International Space Station contact on YouTube.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, June 27, 2021—The long-awaited Youth on the Air Camp in the Americas is almost here! Campers will be operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio, as well as the camp hotel.
Activation of the W8Y callsign will begin the evening of Sunday, July 11 and conclude at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16. Youth will operate the station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.
In addition, dedicated HF station operating times will be: Monday, July 12 from 0100Z to 0330Z; Tuesday, July 13 from 0000Z to 0330Z and 1800Z to 2130Z. Dedicated satellite station operating times will be: Thursday, July 15 from 1400Z to 1700Z and Friday, July 16 from 1500Z to 1700Z.
The opening and closing ceremonies and the International Space Station contact (ARISS) will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, July 11 from 2100Z to 2230Z, and will feature keynote speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR. The closing ceremony is Friday, July 16 from 1700Z to 1800Z. The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.
The ARISS contact is currently scheduled to take place on either Thursday, July 15 at 1416Z or Wednesday, July 14 at 1503Z.
For details about the camp, download the brochure from the web page at YouthOnTheAir.org.
For additional information, please contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recently received the following press release from YOTA Region 2 Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG:
“The initial camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central, and South America that was postponed in the summer of 2020 is now scheduled for July 11-16, 2021.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, July 28, 2020
The summer camp for licensed amateur radio operators ages 15 through 25 that was scheduled to take place in June, 2020 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township (North Cincinnati), Ohio has been rescheduled. Mark your calendars for July 11-16, 2021. The new dates were chosen after polling the campers who were accepted to attend the 2020 camp, the camp staff, and venue availability. Campers who were accepted to the 2020 camp will have the privilege of registering early for the 2021 camp. Once the early registration results are known, the remaining spots will be open for new registrations. The maximum number of campers was increased to thirty, thanks to additional donations from the amateur radio community. The camp daily activity schedule will remain the same for 2021.
Due to the postponement of the camp, young hams in the Americas were invited to several special online events. The main event was a virtual YOTA Day hosted on Zoom and streamed on YouTube. Virtual YOTA Day included presentations by youth for youth, as well as competitions that could be completed from home. The recording of the event is available for viewing on our YouTube Channel.
Other events included: a week long special event station, a remote station to use during Field Day, a club entry for Field Day, and participation in the YOTA Online monthly program from IARU Region 1.
We wish them a lot of success with their efforts!