December 2018 is YOTA Month

December is YOTA Month when several youngsters from IARU Region 1 Member Countries will become active on the air with YOTA as a suffix in the call signs.

From Saturday 1st December to Monday 31th December 2018, young amateurs in their teens and early 20s will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other during this international event. This event is aimed at our young generation and is a golden opportunity for clubs to get youngsters who are interested in or want to find out more about Amateur Radio on the air.

It is not a formal contest, but a way to get our current young amateurs on the air contacting hundreds of other youngsters around the world.

The South African Radio League (SARL) has registered a special callsign ZS9YOTA on the IARU Region 1 website as an educational call sign for use by clubs and individuals during December.

To reserve a slot to use the ZS9YOTA callsign on a daily basis or for information please contact Noel, ZR6DX via e-mail at or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL at The schedule and applicable rules will be available on the SARL website.

All radio amateurs are welcome to enjoy a QSO with the youngsters, be aware that some of them are new to the radio hobby, while others are more experienced. Looking forward to hearing our younger generation on the air during December!

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