From talking with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to talking around the world on HF from GB17YOTA, the 80 participants at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) 2017 UK event had a blast. Held at Gilwell Park, located outside of London, the IARU summer camp allowed the young participants to become international friends in a way that only radio amateurs can appreciate. Next year, they’ll pass along the symbolic “YOTA Key” — a CW paddle set — to the next group of youthful radio amateurs who will enjoy similar experiences at a new location in 2018.
ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, had the good fortune to speak with GB17YOTA on 20 meters from W1AW. On the other end was Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Youth Committee Chair.