We are KB8OCP!  He was one of 6 Co-founders of the YDXA and is Dave Kalter's (SK) call sign. Check out our history here.

Team applications for the 2023 trip are 
  NOW being accepted, click to download the PDF form

Click to download the Word form

A HUGE thanks to ICOM America for donating a IC-705 for our Hamvention raffle this year!  Thanks Ray Novak, Will Jourdain and ICOM America for committing to supporting youth involvement in Amateur Radio.

The winner of the IC-705 was drawn at Hamvention and is:


Doug Neilson N7LEM


2014 Photos

2022 and previous Teams

2022 and previous Sponsors

2011 Photos

2010 Photos

Our Support Team

QSL Information and sample QSL Cards for all trips

Our Current Sponsors

Our Current Team

KB8OCP (SK)     

KB8OCP (SK) 11/18/13

Dave Kalter KB8OCP is a long time friend of Don DuBon N6JRL and fellow contester and DX�er. Dave has been on the CQWW SSB contest team at TI5N since 2008. Dave is also a founder of the YDXA (Youth DX Adventure) an organization that sends young hams age 12-17 with a parent to Costa Rica during the summer to operate as DX. Dave is the past vice president of the Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) and an active member in DARA and Hamvention. Dave likes RTTY and PSK and CW we have seen him maintain a rate of 275 Q�s per hour in the CQWW SSB contest. An inspiration to all hams of all ages. Dave became a silent key on November 18th 2013 at his home with his family at his side. Dave is survived by his brother Michael W8CI, former General Chairman of the Dayton Hamvention and past president of DARA Dave is also survived by his father Jack ,sister Patty and his beloved soul mate Lynn. (Picture at TI5N in Costa Rica Oct. 2012 working the CQWWSSB contest) Photo by N6JRL

Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure

More information about trips coming soon.


 We are QRT! Shattered the old 6,583 with a total of 8,216 on the 2022 trip.

2022 Team

LotW, QRZ and Clublog have been updated with all the contacts.

Thanks for all contacts as they could not have done it without your pileups.

 All QSL cards have been sent.

                          QSL Card front
                          QSL Card - Inside

July 17

The kids hit the qso record bell at 2045z 17 July. Exceeded the old record of 6,583. Looks like Brennan Long recorded the Q breaking the record. Still have about 13 hours of ops which will close about 2100z 18 July.

July 16

Had to pry the kids off the radios last night as the pile ups were strong. However, they need the rest. They keep 2-3 radios on the air all the time so very few breaks. Sorry earlier teams but this group is really strong and efficient. I don't think the record stands a chance of surviving. They have two days of ops left and are over 5,200. No internet at shack for this trip. Won't be installed until Tuesday and we will on flight back then. Periodically uploading to LotW, QRZ and Clublog. Keep checking.
July 14

Became qrv around 9:30est and after one cq had a 20m pileup which ran until midnight. Shortly after we brought up a second station on 40m with the same results. At time 40m was light but picked up. With the travel issues most were very tired so we went qrt for the night to get some sleep. The plan is to be on all bands SSB, CW and FT8. Not all at once but we plan to have at least two radios on the air as much as possible. However, due to some unforeseen issues we may not be able to ft8. Looking at some solutions but we will advise. The first hours of operation was yielding 200+ qso's per hour ssb and cw.

We have internet issues (none) at the shack. Geoff is working hard to help the utility install their new service. Hopefully they will show up today as the utility is on island time. LotW, QRZ and Clublog updates will happen as soon as we have service. Please wait patiently as the issue is being worked.

day 1

Jul 15

Got on the air around 8am this morning and the numbers are going up. Getting good signal reports from all. We plan to operate most of the day just remember this close to the equator that the sun often wipes out propagation for a while. Hopefully the bands will stay open. If not then they may knock off for swim time.

As everyone else, expenses have gone through the roof. Please consider supporting the effort with a donation. All those donating will have their name and callsign or logo shown on our qsl card. See the left panel for mailing instructions for donations. We are part of a 501c(3) organization.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the CCC, especially Geoff and Uli in hosting us again for our 2022 event. 

At the Dayton Hamvention, INDEXA (President Bob Schenck N2OO and Secretary/Treasurer Hal Turley W8HC) presents the 2022 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure with a grant for their upcoming youth project in Cura�ao.

INDEXA Presents check

Left to right:  Don N6JRL, Ron N8VAR, Candace KE8MMS, Bob N2OO and Hal W8HC.  Candace is one of the lucky young hams going this year!

 QSL information in left panel.

CLUBLOG, QRZ and LOTW fully updated.

Thanks to everyone for visiting our booth at the 2019 Hamvention!

Also thanks to Martin Jue of MFJ for drawing our IC-7300 (donated by ICOM America) raffle winner.

Martin Jue draws
                  2019 Raffle Winner

and congratulations to our winner Andrew Krew ND8D.


Huge thanks to ULI DL8OBQ for again being our host in 2019.

We apologize but our donate page is currently broken.  Please send checks to:
Youth DX Adventure
c/o Jim Storms
4968 Tilbury Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424-3755

PJ2T CuracaoCarribean Contesting

We are excited to announce that through the generosity of Geoff Howard W0CG and the Caribbean Contesting Consortium the 2018 trip is returning to the super contest station PJ2T Curacao.

With the purpose of operating DX and learning the finer points of handling pile ups, working gray line and propagation and antenna�s, 

The experience is interesting and exciting for all of the youth operators as this is the first time many of them actually travel outside of the United States.