I hope you had a great experience this year and made lots of new friends during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Those of you who would like to get more into the amateur radio world, after having first glimpse of it during JOTA-JOTI, there is another exciting way of participating and making new friends on radio frequencies. It’s called YOTA, which stands for Youngsters on the Air.
YOTA is organized by young radio amateurs. The basic idea is to get beginners on the air, those who are interested about radio amateur work, but have not yet had the opportunity to do so.
Every year there is YOTA month, which is going on right now in December. YOTA is mainly organized in IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia), but other areas are coming along.
The best way to get started is to read more about YOTA at http://www.ham-yota.com/ or from their Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair/ or their Twitter at https://twitter.com/hamyota
Then contact your local radio amateur club and arrange with them a shorter or longer visit to jump into a totally new and exciting world!
Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG
World JOTA-JOTI Team