Eighty young hams between the ages of 16 and 26 will be in South Africa August 8 – 15 for the 2018 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Camp, hosted by the South African Radio League (SARL). A summer camp in past years, this time it will become the “YOTA Winter Camp,” since it’s taking place in the Southern Hemisphere. The annual event brings together young people from International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) and elsewhere for 1 week, offering an opportunity to become acquainted with different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill, and, of course, learn new Amateur Radio skills.
It’s expected that the young radio amateurs will spend some time at the helm of the camp’s station, ZS9YOTA. SARL President Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, said that hosting the 2018 YOTA Winter Camp would be a golden opportunity for the SARL and Amateur Radio in South Africa to make their mark in promoting Amateur Radio among the younger generation.