Youth Contesting Program (YCP)


In 2018 the Youth Contesting Program (YCP) of IARU R1 will be continued. Youth members from IARU R1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called “Top-Gun” stations. These young HAM’s will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team.
A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters.
Contest locations 2018:
  • ES5TV: ARI International DX contest (5-6 May 2018) 
  • 9A1A: CQ M International DX contest (12-13 May 2018)
  • EC2DX: His Maj. King of Spain contest (23-24 June 2018)
  • 4O3A: CQWW RTTY contest (29-30 September 2018)
  • DM9EE: CQWW SSB contest (27-28 October 2018)


All YCP events of 2018 have taken place. Stay tuned for the update of 2019!


  • Young people aged under 26 years.
  • 1 or 2 participants per member society
  • All levels of contest experience are accepted. A participant should have at least basic knowledge about contesting and using a transceiver.
  • Member societies are asked to select young people who are  willing to experience a contest in a “big-gun”station, eager to learn more about amateur radio and who are aiming to get the best results out of the contest. A group of ±6 international youngsters and ±6 domestic youngsters will take part per contest.
  • Participants are asked to fund their own travel costs. All other costs will be covered.