Youth on the Air is a program for young amateur radio operators in IARU Region 2 (The Americas), closely modeled after the Youngsters on the Air program in IARU Region 1 (Europe & Africa). The goal of the program is to build skills and foster lasting friendships and mentors with younger hams. This web site and our social media sites is a connecting place for groups and events like YARC, YCP, and other activities for young hams.
Meet the Team
Neil Rapp, WB9VPG has been a chemistry teacher and the sponsor of high school radio clubs for 26 years. Neil was at one time the World’s Youngest Ham, licensed at age 5 in 1976. He upgraded through to Advanced by age 9, and Extra at 20. He became the youngest member of QCWA in history at age 29. Neil is currently teaching at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Indiana where he has guided the radio club to international recognition for their contesting efforts. He is the 2004 ARRL Professional Educator of the Year, the 2014 Indiana Radio Club Council Amateur of the Year, and a graduate of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. Neil is a member of several organizations, including ARRL, RCA, AMSAT, QCWA, Southern Indiana ARA, and the West Chester ARA. He also brings youth camp experience with over 15 years of service as a faculty or staff member at summer church camps and basketball camps. Neil is an anchor for Amateur Radio Newsline, the Next-Gen Contesters contributing editor for the National Contest Journal, and the host of his own live webcast show, Ham Talk Live!.
Sterling Mann (formerly Coffey), N0SSC, is from St. Louis, MO. Sterling is currently an avionics and communication systems design/test/integration engineer in St Louis. Sterling became a ham at age 16, is one of the former youth editors at ARRL, and has his own YouTube channel about ham radio, and is a co-host of the Phasing Line podcast. He is a 2014 graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he was the president of the W0EEE Amateur Radio Club. His degree is in electrical engineering with an emphasis in electromagnetics. Contesting is Sterling’s favorite ham radio activity, but also enjoys portable and remote operation, QRP, kitbuilding, as well as advocating for the young people in amateur radio. Sterling is one of the leaders at the Young Amateurs Radio Club, better known as YARC. He attended YOTA camp in IARU Region 1 in the summer of 2016, held in Austria.
Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX (and VA2VRX) first became interested in ham radio as a boy scout. He became licensed in 2013, and now holds an extra class license. He is a technical analyst and systems administrator with Vertical Solutions in Cincinnati. He was a scout leader, and is now a radio merit badge counselor, a mentor with VEX robotics, and a member of the West Chester ARA, Dayton ARA, Ohio Valley Experimenter Club and the Greater Cincinnati Builders Group. He is the proud father of Chris, KD8YVJ, the 2015 Hiram Percy Maxim Award winner, and member of the 2017 Youth DX Adventure to Costa Rica.
Sam Rose, KC2LRC, is from Syracuse, NY. Sam was first licensed in June 2003 at the age of 13. He studied electrical engineering at Clarkson University, where he was president of Clarkson's radio club, K2CC, from 2010 through 2012. He started his career doing engineering and data/performance analysis work on the C Speed LightWave Radar, a next generation S-band air traffic surveillance radar. He now supports phased-array radar systems at Lockheed Martin. Sam is an avid contester, works satellites, public service events, IRLP, restores radios, and enjoys special events such as balloon launches, ISS retransmissions, and weird contests. Since he started ham radio at a young age, he’s particularly interested in introducing ham radio to youth and young adults. He also attended YOTA camp in IARU Region 1 in the summer of 2016, held in Austria.